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Child Care Overview

This program is designed to meet the career needs of self-directed, mature student who is interested in acquiring knowledge and skills to promote their professional objectives. The program is open to all qualified applicants whose academic preparation and/or appropriate work experience indicate potential for successful completion.

Program Details & Curriculum


Certificate Requirements: 24 Credits
Field Experiences: 6 Credits

Total: 30 Credits

For a full curriculum listing visit our catalog. 


Admission Requirements

Applicants seeking admission to certificate programs must have a high school diploma.

Applicants seeking admission to certificate programs should contact the Office of Admissions. Matriculated students need only submit a formal application. A student who has completed the requirements for a Certificate may not apply for that certificate after graduation.

Degree Requirements

All students, both matriculated and non-matriculated, must apply for admission into the certificate program. All students are required to maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the certificate program being pursued. Upon successful completion of the specific curriculum requirements for a given program, students must apply for the actual certificate. All credits earned in a certificate program are applicable toward the associate and bachelor’s degrees. A maximum of six credits in transfer will be allowed toward a certificate. Ordinarily students pursuing a degree program in a related area will not be allowed to use the courses taken in such a program to satisfy the requirements for a certificate.


Upon admission to the program, applicants for certificate programs may register for courses on a part-time basis at any of the College's Campuses.

Certificate Program Fees

Application Fee (Non-Matriculated students only) $10.00

Certificate Completion Fee (per Certificate) $16.00

Certificates are issued in February, May and August.