Online College Courses

Vermont Afterschool partners with the Child Development Division (CDD) to offer FREE 3-credit, online courses for afterschool professionals through the Community College of Vermont (CCV). This is a tuition-free opportunity for those who are currently working in a regulated child care setting. This opportunity is made possible because of a grant from the Child Development Division of the Vermont Department of Children and Families. These classes are linked to the Afterschool and Youth Work Certificate, offered by CCV as a way to help youth work professionals advance in their careers. We worked with CCV to develop this certificate, which can be completed fully online for a total of 24 credits.

For questions on courses and registration, please contact Tricia Pawlik or call 802-448-3464. Course size is limited to 15 and students must register through Vermont Afterschool (NOT CCV).

SPRING 2023 COURSE: Afterschool Education & Development of the School-Age Child (EDU 2065)

This course focuses on afterschool education related to the development of school age children. Emphasis is on exploring the interconnections between child/youth development, the transition to and participation in school, and growth within a community context. Topics include: developmental theories and research, observation and assessment tools, design of inclusive integrated curriculum, understanding school and community in the context of youth development, and transitions related to providing afterschool education.

Semester Dates: 1/23/23 – 5/8/23
How to register: Registration is closed for Spring 2023.

FALL 2023 COURSE: Introduction to Afterschool Education (EDU 1320) ** REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!**

This course is an overview of afterschool education and the ways in which afterschool experiences can impact the development of the whole child. The course provides students with an understanding of the history of the afterschool field and examines the skills and training needed to successfully develop and administer high-quality programming in afterschool settings. Topics include child and youth development, health and safety, program organization and professional development, family and community, and teaching and learning.

Essential Objectives

  1. Discuss the historical, cultural, and philosophical development of afterschool education.
  2. Explore afterschool education in the context of family and community relationships, including the need for cultural competence when supporting and collaborating with individuals from diverse backgrounds.
  3. Understand the theories of physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of youth and describe how these theories relate to the implementation of afterschool education settings and other diverse programs.
  4. Analyze evidence-based models of afterschool education and curricular design.
  5. Discuss strategies to create respectful, supportive, and inclusive afterschool environments and activities for families and children, including those with diverse abilities and/or affected by trauma.
  6. Discuss standards and regulation of afterschool programs, staff, and facilities to ensure developmentally appropriate practice, health and safety, and program operation.
  7. Using research, examine self-assessment instruments and compare these tools to national and state recommended competencies for afterschool professionals.
  8. Explore career opportunities in the field of afterschool education and youth work.

Semester Dates: 9/5/23 – 12/18/23

Online classes/courses take place 100% online via Canvas, without required in-person or Zoom meetings. Through funding made available by the Child Development Division, this course is available at no cost to staff of licensed afterschool programs.

How to register: Complete the Intent to Register Information Form and send completed form to Tricia Pawlik (via email to or mail to 150 Kennedy Drive, South Burlington, VT 05403.