About Our Courses


Instructor-Led Online Courses with a Community Feel

Eager-to-Learn (ETL) courses are instructor-led, online courses for in-depth learning on a variety of topics. All Eager-to-Learn courses utilize message board discussions and weekly live, text-based chat sessions. Message board discussions take place over several days. Your responses can be posted at any time that is convenient for you but must be completed prior to the weekly chat. Live chat sessions are scheduled for one evening during the week, typically for 45 minutes. You must login at the scheduled time in order to participate in the chat.

A weekly lesson in an Eager-to-Learn course will include the following assignments:

  • Selected readings that expand on and enhance the lesson
  • Message board questions that allow you to interact with your instructor and other students in the course
  • A live chat session with your instructor and fellow students
  • A reflective assignment, which is an opportunity to communicate one-on-one with your instructor about what you’ve learned


Anytime Learning

Self-Paced Online Courses to Fit Your Schedule

Anytime Learning (ATL) courses are self-paced, online courses designed to give students the flexibility to learn on their own time and at their own speed. Students follow interactive presentations with learning checkpoints and quizzes throughout the course to help students stay engaged and reinforce the information.

Anytime Learning courses include a variety of learning tools:

  • Narrated presentations
  • Selected readings, videos, and media resources to enhance learning
  • Relevant course activities
  • Learning checkpoints and quizzes covering course content


Learning Communities

Learning Community students complete a series of courses that are designed to help them earn the credential they are pursuing. This format allows participants the flexibility to do coursework when it fits their schedule, while still encouraging active discussions and shared learning opportunities. Students benefit from scheduled check-ins, a group of instructors who are invested in their learning, and access to a Learning Community Coordinator for additional support.


Directors Credential

The online Directors Credential offers valuable information in the areas of administration, supervision/management, and leadership. It is offered in collaboration with the Minnesota Association for the Education of Young Children (MnAEYC), is recognized by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and meets all the director training requirements for NAEYC Accreditation.

Visit Child Care Aware of Minnesota’s Director Credential page to learn more and apply for the next learning community.


National Child Development Associate (CDA)

The nationally recognized Child Development Associate (CDA) credential offers recognition for valuable knowledge about working with children and helping them reach their full potential. It is often a first step into a career educating young children.

Visit Child Care Aware of Minnesota’s National CDA page to learn more about the benefits of earning your CDA.