After School Care

12-credit Credential

This credential is taught by a bilingual instructor (English & Spanish). Qualified applicants may be eligible for free training for this credential. To receive additional information, contact the Early Childhood Education department at


Caring for and enriching school-age children's lives outside the regular school day requires a unique set of skills – skills that cross many professional disciplines and are grounded in an understanding of child growth and development. Child care professionals serve in the role of guide and mentor while children master skills, develop friendships, grow in independence, and move to new levels of thinking and understanding. Children's experiences in after-school care can increase their self-confidence and competency, which enhances school success.

Through the four courses of this credential, school-age program and group leaders will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively guide and facilitate the learning experiences of the children in their care.

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Required Courses

Second Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 307-105 After School Care Foundations3  
 307-106 Engaging Youths in Groups3  
 307-107 Intentionality in Programming3  
 307-113 School-age Capstone Course3  
Total Semester Credits
+ (Proficiency Exam Available)
* (Prerequisites or substitutes may apply to this class.)

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Credit Transfer Opportunities

WCTC has agreements with local high schools and various four-year colleges and universities that enable students to transition more seamlessly from high school to WCTC to four-year colleges. Transcripted credit agreements provide high school students the opportunity to take WCTC courses at their high schools. Agreements with four-year colleges enable WCTC graduates in selected programs to transfer credits, often at junior-level standing. Agreements currently in place for this program are listed below.

There are no credit transfer agreements for this program at this time. For more information, contact your academic advisor.

UW-System Credit Transfer

If you are interested in attending a UW-campus, you should contact a transfer representative at the campus you plan to attend. You may also check credit transfer agreements between WCTC and the UW System to tell you which specific courses and general education classes may be accepted.

Important Cautionary Note:
This information is intended as a general description. Please verify the availability and details of the program that interests you with the transfer coordinator at the receiving institution.