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 at or 802-448-3464. Course size is limited to 15 and students must register through Vermont Afterschool (NOT CCV).

FALL 2022 COURSE: Introduction to Afterschool Education (EDU 1320)

This 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.

Semester Dates: Fall 2022
How to register. Registration is not yet open.

SPRING 2022 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.

  • Research major theories and theorists connected with child and youth development and identify how they connect to states of development, theories of play, socialization theory and school beginnings, scaffold learning theory, peer relations, and asset development.
  • Define developmental domains and milestones for children ages 5-12 including the physical, cognitive, social and emotional areas as they connect to language development, socialization, and problem-solving skills.
  • Conduct observations and documentation of children/youth by using tools for developmental assessment relevant to personality, temperament, and learning styles.
  • Summarize the biological and environmental influences and their impact on child/ youth development including current brain research.
  • Design a developmentally appropriate, asset-based, and culturally inclusive curriculum plan for all youth ages 5-12 including those identified with special needs.
  • Create tools to support healthy transitions for youth to other learning environments (e.g. special education services, elementary school, middle school) and outline a plan for communicating and implementing these tools with supporting families.
  • Analyze relationships between youth and school or community including peer relations, social and school systems, and family systems.

Semester Dates: January 25 – May 9, 2022
How to register: This course is full and registration is closed.