January 31, 2011 | Adam Sorensen | 1 Comment Many schools are beginning to offer more programs that involve child care development. Furthermore, these institutions are creating online curricula to help individuals who work full-time to earn a degree or certificate. For instance, officials from the ChildCare Education Institute recently announced that its students have completed more than 400,000 courses online toward various certificate programs. Officials said that students can earn in child development and director’s, as well as various state renewal program certificates required for professionals who need to update their credentials. The Institute offers students the opportunity to transfer the credit they earn in a certificate program over to partnering schools. After earning a certificate, enrollees can apply those credits toward a bachelors degree program in child care development. Classes start at $99 per year and enable students year-round access to coursework in classroom management, social and emotional development, health and safety as well as director management development, among others. “We are proud to have hit this milestone and provided quality training to so many early care professionals. We will continue to add new, relevant courses that help educators improve the level of care they provide,” said Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of ChildCare Education Institute. Saint Philips College enables students to earn an early childhood studies degree online Likewise, St. Philip’s College recently announced the launch of a new web-based associate degree program in early childhood studies, the San Antonio Business Journal reports. Officials told the news source that the new online program is intended to help meet the public demand for early childhood education. The school has two different curricula that lead to an associates degree or a certificate of completion. They added that the school currently offers specializations such as in language, literacy and leadership accreditation. Graduates of the program often seek positions in the early care and education profession or transfer to a four-year institution for a bachelors degree program in the field. According to the 2010 Sloan Survey of Online Learning, almost 1 million students enrolled in an web-based course in 2009, which represents nearly 5.6 million people at more than 2,500 colleges and universities. Partnership allows students to transfer into a four-year childhood development program Similarly, in an unique program offered by Southwestern College, students will be enabled to take child development classes as well as upper division classes, according to the school’s website. The school recently announced a partnership with National University that will allow students to take lower-division child development classes and advanced-level courses simultaneously toward a four-year degree. Officials told the website that enrollees will take part in one evening class a month and hybrid classes. These classes will consist of students taking online sessions with separate classroom instruction. Furthermore, enrollees will be required to attend a tutorial session which meets once a week in the department’s lab. Officials noted that the program lasts 17 months and includes courses such as diversity, development and education, early language and literacy as well as designing emergent curriculum. “The most amazing aspect of this partnership is that it was initiated and created by our students themselves,” said Leslynn Gallo, chair of southwestern college’s child development department, quoted on the website.”Southwestern College’s students are proactive in building their own futures – and that will lead to greater success.” The partnership will enable students to receive 10 percent off National University’s four-year degree program. Moreover, those accepted into the curriculum will be eligible to receive the California Community College Promising Scholar Award and Transfer to Triumph Scholarship. The program begins in March 2011.