dcsimg

Online Child Care Degree Programs

Young children need constant attention, which can be tough when parents work full-time and other family members live far away. Child care workers help out with the day-to-day duties associated with raising children. Their job may include:

Child Development
  • Supervision
  • Teaching life skills
  • Preparing meals
  • Assisting with hygiene
  • Organizing activities
  • Developing suitable routines
  • Keeping track of developmental milestones or concerning issues

Child care workers might also help prepare young children for preschool or kindergarten by working closely with them on a variety of learning activities. Those who care for older children often supplement their studies with educational activities or help with homework.

What to Expect from a Child Care Degree Program

In some cases, child care workers need only a high school diploma to begin work. However, some employers require a certificate in child care or early childhood education. For instance, those who choose to work in a Head Start program must be enrolled in a program that will lead to a child development or early childhood education credential, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Topics typically covered in a child care degree program include:

  • Safety and nutrition
  • Child development
  • Creative expression
  • First aid and CPR
  • Fundamentals of early childhood education
  • Child abuse and neglect
  • Child care laws

Other pertinent courses may include introduction to business, financial and legal issues associated with child care, and the care of children with disabilities. Those who want to advance to higher-level positions should consider further education, such as an associate or bachelor's degree in early childhood education or a related field.

Employment Outlook for Child Care Professionals

Child care workers typically work in settings that are devoted to children, such as day care centers and elementary or secondary schools. Many religious, professional, civic and related organizations offer day care services for their employees. Child care workers might also work in the home as a nanny, or care for children in a licensed home day care center. According to the BLS, employment of child care workers is expected to grow 14 percent nationwide between 2012 and 2022, thanks to a growing population and an increased emphasis on the importance of early childhood education.

Some states require child care workers to be certified. Suitable certifications might include:

  • The Child Development Associate (CDA)
  • The Child Care Professional (CCP)
  • Accreditation through the National Association for Family Child Care

These certifications require specific training or coursework, experience and periods of observation while working with children. For specific requirements, child care workers should check with their state.

Sources:
"Childcare Workers," Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2014-15 Edition, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Personal-Care-and-Service/Childcare-workers.htm
"Major: Child Care Management," The College Board, https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/majors/family-consumer-sciences-human-development-family-studies-child-care-child-care-management

Pursue your Child Development major today…

Refine School Matches
Hide filters
  • SUBJECT

    See More

  • DEGREE

    See More

  • PROGRAM TYPE

  • START TIME

    LOCATION
    Please enter valid US or Canada Zip.
 
Matching School Ads
5 Program(s) Found
Pacific Oaks College , Online (campus option available)
  • Founded over 60 years ago on the principles of inclusion and social justice.
  • Offers credit for previous life and work experience.
  • Has 3 semesters and 6 start dates a year.
  • Located in Pasadena, CA, with instructional sites in Sacramento, Salinas, Santa Cruz, and Visalia as well as online options.
  • Accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WUSCUC).
Good for Working Adults
  • Online Courses
  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Accelerated Programs
  • Financial Aid
  • Transferable Credits
1 Program(s) Found
  • Designated a 2015 Military Friendly School by Victory Media for the 4th consecutive year.
  • Listed on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in 2013, for the sixth consecutive year
  • Links students to hundreds of training opportunities (beyond their traditional internships and practicum) at their many “partner agencies” in each of their local communities.
  • Accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WUSCUC).
Good for Working Adults
  • Online Courses
  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Financial Aid
3 Program(s) Found
  • There's still time to apply to Grand Canyon University and pursue your education. Learn more today!
  • Study on your schedule - GCU offers many programs 100% online to fit your busy lifestyle.
  • GCU offers a variety of opportunities to reduce the cost of furthering your education. Campus students may qualify for scholarships, while online students can take part in limited special offers.
  • A regionally accredited university, GCU also holds specialized accreditations and approvals for some of our core program offerings.
  • Degrees in business, education, nursing, humanities and social sciences, theology and more. Find the degree that fits you.
  • Talk to us today to learn more about financial aid and start dates!
Good for Working Adults
  • Accredited
  • Online Courses
  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Accelerated Programs
  • Financial Aid
  • Transferable Credits
5 Program(s) Found
  • Experience a new way of learning through the innovative online experience at Ashford University
  • Earn the Associate's, Bachelor's, or Master's degree that fits your professional goals
  • Transfer up to 90 approved credits toward your degree
  • Accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)
  • Online Courses
  • Financial Aid
  • Transferable Credits
1 Program(s) Found
  • Ranked among top Regional Universities in the South by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
  • Ranked 37th among the Best Colleges for Veterans by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
  • Stands as the largest private, nonprofit university in the nation with 100,000+ students.
  • Offers over 230 programs online, from the certificate to the doctoral level.
  • Has a student-faculty ratio of 25:1, and 42.3% of its classes have fewer than 20 students.
Show more [+]
  • Accredited
  • Online Courses
  • Financial Aid
  • Transferable Credits
1 Program(s) Found
  • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
  • Lets undergrad students try classes before paying any tuition.
  • Has an average class sizes of 18 for undergraduate and 13 for graduate-level courses.
  • Offers numerous scholarship opportunities that can help students save up to $750 per term on their tuition.
  • Tends to educate degree-seeking online and campus-based students who are adult learners with families and students who work while pursuing higher education.
Show more [+]
  • Online Courses
  • Financial Aid
2 Program(s) Found
  • 95% alumni satisfaction rate.
  • Currently holds more than 500 professional alliances, including 19 of the top Fortune 100 companies.
  • Courses are taught by expert faculty, with 86% of professors possessing a doctoral degree.
  • Offers credit for prior experience and learning, as well as scholarships, accelerated programs, and several other ways to help reduce tuition costs.
  • Regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association (NCA).
Show more [+]
  • Online Courses
  • Financial Aid
  • Transferable Credits
SPEAK TO AN ADVISOR 1.844.285.6104