Early Childcare Assistant: Diploma Coursework Description

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Quality childcare is needed everywhere and working as an early childcare assistant, you will be able to spend your time caring for children who need you. Your ability to assist teachers will be an asset to any daycare facility. Read more about this career below.
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What is the Diploma Coursework for an Early Childcare Assistant?

The coursework for an early childcare assistant diploma will prepare students to assist in creating classroom activities, preparing snacks and other foods, and providing care to those who are under the age of one year. Students who earn a diploma will oftentimes stay in school to earn a higher degree so they can also teach.

Required Courses:

Most diploma programs will take between one and two years to complete. Basic course requirements include:

  • Child protection
  • Activities development
  • First Aid
  • Social development

Skills Obtained:

The skills obtained from earning an early childcare assistant diploma will also train students in caring for children who have special needs, those who have emotional issues, and those who have different learning abilities.

Career Related Information

Reasons to Earn an Early Childcare Assistant Diploma:

The need for qualified people who are patient and enjoy spending time with children is growing. This is because of the increasing number of women who work outside the home and need someone to watch their children.

Salary Information:

Those who have an early childcare assistant diploma can expect to earn about $9.00 per hour. This will depend on geographical location and the size of the facility. Those who open their own facility may earn more.

Economic Outlook and Growth of the Early Childcare Assistant Field:

While the salary is oftentimes lower than many other jobs, there are many positions that can be found in most privately owned daycare facilities, government sponsored programs, and after school programs.

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    1. Johns Hopkins University

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    Master's
      • Master of Liberal Arts
      • Master of Liberal Arts
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    2. Grand Canyon University

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    Master's
      • M.S. in Professional Counseling with an Emphasis in Childhood and Adolescence Disorders
      • M.S. in Professional Counseling with an Emphasis in Childhood and Adolescence Disorders
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Health Science with an Emphasis in Family Dynamics
      • Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Health Science with an Emphasis in Childhood and Adolescence Disorders
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    3. Penn Foster Career School

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    Certificate
      • Career Diploma - Child Care Professional
      • Certificate - Child Psychology
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    4. Centenary University

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    Associate's
      • Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts
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    5. Penn Foster High School

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    Certificate
      • High School with Child Care Professional Pathway
    High School Diploma
      • Penn Foster High School with Early College Courses
      • HS Diploma
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    6. Colorado State University Global

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    Bachelor's
      • BS - Human Services
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    7. Indiana Wesleyan University

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    Master's
      • Master of Social Work - Advanced Track
      • Master of Social Work - Standard Track
    Bachelor's
      • B.S. General Studies - Human Services
      • Bachelor of Social Work - Pre-Social Work
      • B.S. General Studies - Liberal Arts
    Associate's
      • A.S. General Studies - Human Services
      • A.S. General Studies - Liberal Arts
    Certificate
      • Undergraduate Certificate - Human Services
      • Undergraduate Certificate - General Studies
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    8. Southern New Hampshire University

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    Bachelor's
      • BA Human Services
      • BS Criminal Justice - Human Services
      • BA in Psychology - Child & Adolescent Dev.
      • BA Human Services concentration in Child and Family Services
      • BA Human Services in Gerontology
      • BA General Studies
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    9. American InterContinental University

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    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Healthcare Management - Gerontology
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    10. Colorado Technical University

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    Bachelor's
      • BS - Criminal Justice - Human Services

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Johns Hopkins University

  • Master of Liberal Arts

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Grand Canyon University

  • M.S. in Professional Counseling with an Emphasis in Childhood and Adolescence Disorders
  • Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Health Science with an Emphasis in Family Dynamics
  • Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Health Science with an Emphasis in Childhood and Adolescence Disorders

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Penn Foster Career School

  • Career Diploma - Child Care Professional
  • Certificate - Child Psychology

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Centenary University

  • Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts

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Penn Foster High School

  • High School with Child Care Professional Pathway
  • Penn Foster High School with Early College Courses
  • HS Diploma

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Colorado State University Global

  • BS - Human Services

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Indiana Wesleyan University

  • Master of Social Work - Advanced Track
  • B.S. General Studies - Human Services
  • A.S. General Studies - Human Services
  • Undergraduate Certificate - Human Services

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Southern New Hampshire University

  • BA Human Services
  • BS Criminal Justice - Human Services
  • BA in Psychology - Child & Adolescent Dev.

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