This four-course credential (12 credits) is designed for any
individual working in an out-of-school-time program for children between the ages of 5–12 and is 100 percent online.
Caring for and enriching the lives of school age children beyond the school day requires a unique set of skills that combines and crosses many professional disciplines
and is grounded in an understanding of the growth
and development of children. Working with school age
children in the informal out-of-school time is a
commitment to making a difference for children. You
serve as a guide and mentor as children master skills,
develop friendships, grow in independence, and move
to new levels of thinking and understanding about
themselves and the world.
It is an exciting and challenging
responsibility to create a supportive environment for a
group of school-age children, to develop a relationship
with each one, and meet their needs as individuals and as
a group. Children’s experiences during this period in their
lives can increase their self-confidence and competency
and enhance school success.
Through the four courses of this credential the school
age program and group leader will gain the knowledge
and skills necessary to effectively guide and facilitate the
learning experiences of the children in their care.