Child Care: Direct Care Certificate

This program is designed primarily for individuals currently employed in human services agencies who have little or no formal education in human services, or for individuals with no human services experience, who wish to enter this field. the program enables those individuals to acquire the theoretical background, basic techniques, and skills needed to function as significant members of the treatment team at their worksites. All of the credit hours earned in the Direct Care certificate Program are applicable to the Child Care Associate Degree Program.

A Certificate is awarded upon completion of the required courses.

Students who successfully complete the Certificate in Child Care: Direct Care (CRC) will be able to:

  • Identify components of the Human Services Delivery System including:
    • the roles of the various members of the service delivery team
    • client assessment/referral process
    • the history of the human services field
  • Recognize and discriminate between normal and abnormal development and behavior;
  • Differentiate among the three major theoretical perspectives with treatment applications of each;
  • Demonstrate application of the client-centered counseling process;
  • Employ the concept and components of a therapeutic milieu;
  • Display an understanding and respect for the diversity of cultures, races, genders, and sexual orientations among clients and co-workers, and in society as a whole;
  • Exhibit the ability to use technology effectively.

Courses should be selected in consultation with an advisor.

Gainful Employment Disclosure for this program.

First Semester

Course No. Descriptive Title Credit Hours
BHS 110 Introduction to Human Services 3
CHC 103 Child Care and Youth Practicum I 2
PSY 134 Group Dynamics 3
PSY 111 Psychological Principles I 3
CDC 203 Child Care and Youth Practicum III 3
TOTAL   14

Second Semester

Course No. Descriptive Title Credit Hours
PSY 102 Interviewing and Counseling Skills 3
CHC 104 Child Care and Youth Practicum II 2
PSY 235 Psychology of Exceptionality 3
BHS 242 Drug and Alcohol Use and Abuse 3
CDC 206 Child Care and Youth Practicum IV 3
ENG 101 Composition I 3
TOTAL   17


1. All DRC students are required to submit a completed physical examination form prior to field placement. All immunizations indicated on the form must be current. When this form is on file, the College Health Office will issue a waiver clearing the student for field placement. Hepatitis B Vaccine series is highly recommended and may be required by the placement site under the OSHA Standard on Exposure to Blood Borne Pathogens.

2. Transportation to and from practicum sites is the responsibility of all students in the program, including those in the dorm. If you do not have a car, please be sure that you are able to find alternate means of transportation.