Work with children.

Make a life-long impact.

By providing care and nurturing, child care assistants impact young lives for a lifetime. In addition to responding to children’s basic needs, they use activities, art, and music to foster growth and development. It takes patience, people skills and physical stamina to work with children, as well as an ability to communicate well with parents and other team members.

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  • How long will it take me to complete the Certificate Child Care Assistant program?

    The program is designed to take 9 months to complete. Of those that completed the program in 2012-2013, 17% finished in 9 months.

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Child Care Assistant Certificate from Baker College

Child Care AssistantCertificate

Work with children.

Make a life-long impact.

By providing care and nurturing, child care assistants impact young lives for a lifetime. In addition to responding to children’s basic needs, they use activities, art, and music to foster growth and development. It takes patience, people skills and physical stamina to work with children, as well as an ability to communicate well with parents and other team members.

Discover Your Future Child Care Assistant Career

Career Facts

$19,510

Median salary for Child Care Workers

14%

Estimated employment increase by 2022

$27,130

Median salary for Preschool Teachers

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Overview

In Baker’s Child Care Assistant certificate program, you learn how to provide care in school settings, day care centers, licensed day care homes, and other child care environments, working under the direction of staff members who are responsible for planning and supervising the children’s activities. 

Through our curriculum, you apply theory and practice learned in the classroom with actual work experience in a child care setting. You learn how to help infants, toddlers and preschoolers develop important skills through art, literature, and play. Our curriculum has been designed by child care professionals and offers a thorough, holistic approach to meet the developmental, emotional and recreational needs of young children. 

As a graduate, you’ll be prepared for a position in a school setting, day care center, or private home setting. Plus, your studies prepare you for the Child Development Associate (CDA) assessment and process—the national credential recognized by the Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition. The CDA credential is listed as a qualification for teaching staff and/or directors in child care regulations in 46 states and the District of Columbia.

Course Information
Requirements42 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
ECE 101B
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4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on introductory concepts of Early Childhood Education professions including professionalism, ethics, and standards. Historical events as well as current issues are reviewed. Students participate in hands-on activities to develop an understanding of developmentally appropriate practices within learning environments. Must complete with a C (73%) or better.

Prerequisite(s):
DHS clearance, student background check.
Introduction to Early Childhood Education4
ECE 111B
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4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on typical and atypical developmental milestones of physical, cognitive, language, and social/emotional development of children from birth to age 12 with a focus on the preschool years. Theories of child development and contributions of theorists are reviewed in the context of application to developmental milestones. The effects that multiple, interrelated environmental factors have on the growth and development of the child will be explored. Must complete with a C (73%) or better.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 098B or satisfies developmental reading or placement exam, DHS clearance, student background check.
Early Childhood Development4
ECE 131A
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4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on the creation of a safe and healthy learning environment to encourage play, exploration, and learning. Students learn how to use space, relationships, materials, and routines as resources for ensuring an inclusive safe indoor and outdoor learning environment. Focus on how environment affects growth and development through proper nutrition, self-wellness for adults and sanitation guidelines are reviewed. Legal and ethical guidelines for reporting suspected child abuse and neglect are covered. Must complete with a C (73%) or better.

Prerequisite(s):
DHS clearance, student background check.
Healthy Environments for Early Childhood4
ECE 141A
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4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on understanding creativity and the development of skills to assist and encourage young children to express their creative natures. Through a hands-on approach, students will compare creative materials and processes using multiple teaching strategies and disciplines. A focus on child-centered and teacher-guided experiences with attention to accommodations for children identified with special needs will be included through both process and product instructional methods. Must complete with a C (73%) or better.

Prerequisite(s):
DHS clearance, student background check.
Creative Activities4
ECE 165
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4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on developmentally appropriate, ethical assessment of preschool children. Students will participate in hands-on child evaluation and practice developing assessment documents for parents and institutions for the purposes of determining current levels of functioning and directing curriculum development. Students will demonstrate basic knowledge of the referral process for IEPs and IFSPs, and the roles of the teachers, parents and helping professional in these processes. Course assignments demonstrating subject matter and content application are required. Must complete with a C (73%) or better.

Prerequisite(s):
ECE 111B
DHS clearance, student background check. MTH 091 or satisfies developmental math or placement exam.
Observation and Assessment Techniques for Early Childhood Education Programs4
ECE 171A
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4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on milestones of language development in children from birth to age 12. An exploration of language arts theory and techniques to assist children in developing foundational skills through curriculum planning that will allow them to be proficient in listening, speaking, reading, and writing is reviewed. Techniques include creative drama, puppetry, whole language exploration and phonemic awareness.  Students will also review structural and transformational linguistics theories. Specific attention is paid to English Language Learners as they acquire language in the classroom. Must complete with a C (73%) or better. 

Prerequisite(s):
ECE 111B or EDU 200A, DHS clearance, student background check.
Language Development and Language Arts4
ENG 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Emphasizes academic writing by reading and thinking critically to strengthen essential communication skills through the use of the writing process. Various assignments focus on summary and response, analysis, and informative writing. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 091 or satisfies developmental writing or placement exam, ENG 098B or satisfies developmental reading or placement exam.
Composition I4
ENG 102
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4 Quarter Hours

Continues developing students' critical thinking and writing skills through reading and argumentative writing. Emphasizes academic writing to articulate the relationships among language, knowledge, and power. Various assignments focus on position, argument analysis, and argumentative proposal. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in ENG 101 or placement exam and approved writing sample.
Composition II4
PSY 111
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a foundation of knowledge in psychology examining key topics related to understanding human thoughts and behavior. Topics include an exploration of factors that influence thoughts and behavior, psychology as a science, sensation/perception, motivation, emotion, memory, cognition, personality, as well as key figures, research, and theories within psychology. Applying concepts to real-life settings is a focus throughout the course.

General Psychology4
WRK 291B
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1 Quarter Hours

Covers all phases of securing employment in a required seminar. Major topics include resume preparation, interview strategy, job application, job search action planning, personal appearance, and coordination of the graduate's employment search activity with the College Career Services Office. Students in degree programs may complete the seminar requirement any time during their final two quarters. Certificate students should attend in their last quarter.

Prerequisite(s):
Sophomore status.
Professional Career Strategies1
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Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
ECE 181
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4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on developmental milestones and curricular planning for school-age children (5-12 years or kindergarten through 5th grade) as they relate to out of school program planning. This coursework includes instructional strategies that link the school-age curriculum and planning to State of Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations. Must complete with a C (73%) or better.

Prerequisite(s):
DHS clearance, student background check.
The School-Age Child4
ECE 191A
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4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on the development of documentation for the CDA credential as outlined by the Council for Professional Recognition. The course is designed to develop the CDA Resource File and prepare students for the Observational Assessment. Must complete with a C (73%) or better.

Prerequisite(s):
ECE 101B, ECE 111B
DHS clearance, student background check.
Corequisite(s):
ECE 165
CDA Preparation4
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Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
HSC 100B
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1 Quarter Hours

Teaches lay rescuers the American Heart Association standards of how to recognize and treat life-threatening emergencies with adult, child, and infant victims and includes use of AEDs on adults and children. This course also provides training in basic first-aid procedures and a module on environmental emergencies. This course is designed to train anyone who might be the first to respond to an emergency in the workplace or community. Students will obtain Heartsaver CPR/AED and First Aid certification on successful completion of required components and tests.

Community First Aid1
HSC 102
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1 Quarter Hours

Provides information on adult and pediatric CPR, including two-rescuer scenarios and use of the bag-valve mask. This course provides training in foreign-body airway obstruction (conscious and unconscious), automated external defibrillation (includes child AED update), special resuscitation situations, and other cardiopulmonary emergencies at the professional rescuer level. This is an American Heart Association course and provides training in basic first-aid procedures and a module on environmental emergencies. Students will attain Heartsaver First Aid and AHA Basic Life Support for Health Care Provider certifications upon successful completion of required components and tests.

BLS Provider Training and First Aid1

Quarter Hours Required for Graduation: 42

Program Description

This program blends an education in theoretical and practical study of child development and early childhood education with the unique aspects of the child care setting. The specific developmental, emotional, and recreational needs of young children are explored through application of art, literature, and play activities for the infant, toddler, and pre-schooler. The graduate is prepared for an entry-level early child care assistant position. Employment opportunities exist in school settings, child care centers, licensed child care homes, and other child care environments.

Accreditation

Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

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  • How long will it take me to complete the Certificate Child Care Assistant program?

    The program is designed to take 9 months to complete. Of those that completed the program in 2012-2013, 17% finished in 9 months.