Before/After School Care Certificate

Educate and enrich lives beyond the classroom

Program facts  Education icon

  • Credit hours: 6
  • Stackable to degree: No
  • Potential job outcomes: 
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Gain basic knowledge about developmentally appropriate programming and guidance for school-age care in this 6-credit-hour Early Childhood Education—Before/After School Care certificate program.

The two required courses in this program focus on principles of school-age care and assessment and guidance. You can also gain hands-on experience working with children at the Harper College Child Care Learning Center, an on-site preschool facility where you’ll receive guidance and feedback from certified teaching professionals.

Certificate program requirements

NOTE: This program is being withdrawn. Its inclusion in our catalog is for those students who are finishing the requirements.

This 6 credit-hour certificate program provides basic knowledge about developmentally appropriate programming and guidance for school age care.


Number Course Title Credits
ECE 226 3

Description: Understand concepts of appropriate assessment, expected educational outcomes, the teacher's responsibility in assessment and how young children develop and learn. Students will understand how appropriate assessments can measure and evaluate child growth and development and how the use of assessment tools can influence decisions in early childhood education with an emphasis on appropriate guidance techniques and strategies. Four (4) hours of observation are required.

Prerequisite: Prior or concurrent enrollment in ECE 102 with a grade of C or better.

Class Schedule:  Spring 2020 | Summer 2020

ECE 235 3

Description: Relates theory and practice of school age programming. Emphasizes program planning, implementation and assessment, use of materials, principles of growth and development, role of teacher and techniques of classroom management. Students will observe and participate in school age child care.

Class Schedule:  Spring 2020 | Summer 2020

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Next steps

For more information about early childhood education courses at Harper, contact Admission Outreach at 847.925.6700, or submit a request information form. You can also apply online.

Please note: This program is not financial aid eligible.