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If you are a new or experienced child care provider, you can gain knowledge, confidence and formal nationally recognized credentials by becoming a certified Child Development Associate.

What courses will I take?

In partnership with the Council for Professional Recognition, Anne Arundel Community College offers child development associate training in a noncredit, six-course format which can be completed in one to three years. Taking the first three courses of the program meets the 90-hour child care training requirement of the Maryland State Department of Education’s Office of Child Care. Individuals with previous child care experience may be able to substitute for some of the course work. Following completion of the final course, students will be prepared to apply for the child development associate certification by the Council for Professional Recognition. Total Hours: 135

ECT-308 Basic Growth and Development

ECT-309 Classroom Experience for the Young Child

ECT-310 Using Growth and Development in Designing Experiences

ECT-311 Working with Infants and Toddlers  

ECT-312 Planning for the School-Aged Child   

ECT-313 Child Development Associate Completer

What will it cost?

Anne Arundel County residents pay $735, including tuition and fees.

What are the requirements?

Students must be at least 16 years old. The Council for Professional Recognition has additional requirements for actual certification.

What credentials will I earn?

Upon successful completion of these noncredit courses, students have:  

  • Earned the 120 hours of training required to become a Child Development Associate awarded by the Council for Professional Recognition and prepared for their assessment process for certification.
  • Met the Maryland State Department of Education/Office of Child Care’s 90 hour child care requirement for preschool teachers.
  • Earned an AACC continuing education certificate, and can obtain that certificate by completing and submitting a Student Application for a Continuing Education Certificate. Use certificate code CE.CHILD-DEV-ASSOC.

Related Programs

New or experienced child care providers interested in earning a degree may choose to complete the Associate Degree in Early Childhood Development. The degree prepares students to work as a director of a child care center, before- or after-school program, or as a lead teacher in a center. 


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