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Experienced child care providers seeking lead teacher positions in child care centers specifically for preschoolers can fulfill Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) Office of Child Care requirements for teachers and senior staff with training from AACC.

What courses will I take?

Training consists of two noncredit courses. Students will study the various aspects of growth and development of children from birth through adolescence. Students also will learn the principles of learning, learning environments and activities for children from birth through age 6. Successful completion requires 100 percent attendance and 75 percent or better on all assessments.

Total Hours: 90

ECT-305 Child Care 1 – Child Growth and Development

ECT-306 Child Care 2 – Activities for Young Children

What are the requirements?

The Maryland State Department of Education requires lead teachers to have a high school diploma or GED, be at least 19 years old and have two years of experience.

What credentials will I earn?

Upon successful completion, students will earn an AACC continuing education certificate. To receive the certificate, students must complete and submit a Student Application for a Continuing Education Certificate. Use certificate code CE.CHILD-LD-TEACH.

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. 

Other noncredit job training in this area includes: