Early Childhood Education

College of Southern Maryland offers a variety of child care related courses that meet the requirements for licensing or certification in this profession. Classes are conveniently scheduled online or during evening and weekend hours to meet the needs of working adults, and are all in accordance with the Maryland State Department of Education (Office of Child Care) credentialing standards.

In order to receive certification in this area, students must complete 99 hours of instruction, with 45 hours in Child Development, 45 hours in Curriculum, and 9 hours in Communication Skills.

The courses listed below satisfy this requirement:

Child Development
ECE-6020 Child Growth and Development (45 hours) REQUIRED

Communication Skills
ECE-8210 Communication Skills for Child Care Professionals (9 hours) REQUIRED

Curriculum (select one on basis of age preferred to teach)
ECE-6050 Infant and Toddler Care (45 hours)
ECE-6030 Preschool Curriculum and Activities (45 hours)
ECE-6040 School Age Child Care Curriculum (45 hours)

CPR Certification is also required for licensure. CSM offers HTH-6510 American Heart Association (AHA) First Aid Course which would satisfy this requirement.

ECE-6020 Child Growth and Development

Required for Child Care Professionals

This certification course satisfies the child development half of the MSDE requirement of 90 hours for child care teachers and directors. Gain a broad overview of major concepts, theories and research related to the social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development of the child from birth through age 12. This course and a 45-hour course in age-appropriate curriculum (preschool, infant-toddler, or school-age) are required to complete the 90-hour certification for child care. You must successfully complete all course requirements to receive a certificate.  Students must successfully complete all course assignments to receive a course certificate. Textbook is an additional cost.

Aligns with MD Staff Credential levels 2-4.

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ECE-8210 Communication Skills for Child Care Professionals

Required for Child Care Professionals

Receive an introduction to the basic concepts of developing strong communication skills when working in a child care center in this 9 hour class.  Topics include: speaking, writing, interpersonal communication strategies, and critical techniques, with a focus on communication with parents and co-workers, and communication issues within a typical child care day.

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ECE-6050 Infant and Toddler

Satisfies the MSDE Curriculum requirement

Gain the skills necessary to work with infants and toddlers in a child care center or at home. Topics include growth and development, curriculum planning, goal setting, selection of age-appropriate materials, and methods for infants and toddlers birth to age 3. This certification course satisfies the MSDE requirement of 45 hours for infant-toddler training for child care teachers, directors, and family providers working with infants and toddlers. You must successfully complete all course requirements to receive a certificate. Textbook is an additional cost.

Aligns with MD Staff Credential levels 2-4.

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ECE-6030 Preschool Curriculum & Activities

Satisfies the MSDE Curriculum requirement 

Become prepared for a position in a child care center or preschool. This certification course satisfies the 45 hour curriculum half of the MSDE requirement of 90 hours of training for child care teachers and directors working with preschoolers. Basic concepts of curriculum planning and implementation for children three to five years old are introduced. Topics include: teaching strategies, environment design, and implementation of the best practices in early childhood education. You must successfully complete all course requirements to receive a certificate. *You must purchase a textbook prior to the first class. Textbook is an additional cost.

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ECE-6040 School Age Child Care Curriculum

Satisfies the MSDE Curriculum requirement

Become prepared for a position in a child care center or after school program. This certification course satisfies the 45 hour curriculum half of the MSDE requirement of 90 hours of training for child care teachers and directors working with school agers. Basic concepts of curriculum planning and implementation for children five to twelve years old are introduced. Topics include: teaching strategies, environment design, and implementation of the best practices in early childhood education. You must successfully complete all course requirements to receive a certificate. *You must purchase a textbook prior to the first class. Textbook is an additional cost.

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HTH-6510 American Heart Association (AHA) First Aid Course

The American Heartsaver First Aid Course teaches how to manage illness and injuries in the first few minutes until professional help arrives. Course content includes general principles, medical emergencies and injury emergencies. Adult, infant, and child CPR will be taught. This course is designed by the American Heart Association for those who have a duty to respond to a first aid or cardiac emergency because of job responsibilities or regulatory requirements. Includes AED training. Textbook required.

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Maryland Excels

What is Maryland EXCELS?

Maryland EXCELS is a voluntary Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS). A QRIS is a program that awards ratings to family providers, center-based and public school child care programs, and school age before and after school programs that meet increasingly higher standards of quality in key areas. Maryland EXCELS has three goals:

  • To recognize early care and school age education programs that provide quality care
  • To encourage providers to increase the level of quality provided in their programs
  • To provide parents with information and choices about quality child care

Maryland EXCELS has standards in five broad program areas of early care and education, including licensing, learning environments, staffing and professional development, developmentally appropriate learning and program practices, child assessment, program administration and policies, and accreditation.”