Child Care: Direct Care Certificate (DRC)

This program is designed primarily for individuals currently employed in human services agencies who have little or no formal education in human services or for individuals with no human services experience, who wish to enter this field. The program enables those individuals to acquire the theoretical background, basic techniques and skills needed to function as significant members of the treatment team at their worksites. All of the credit hours earned in the Direct Care Certificate Program are applicable to the Child Care Associate Degree Program.

A Certificate is awarded upon completion of the required courses.

Students who successfully complete the Certificate in Child Care: Direct Care (CRC) will be able to:

  • Identify components of the Human Services Delivery System including:

    • The roles of the various members of the service delivery team.

    • Client assessment/referral/advocacy continuum.

    • The historical perspective and future trends of the Human Services field.

  • Demonstrate application of the strength-based approach in the client-centered counseling process.

  • Display an understanding, self-awareness and respect for the diversity among clients, colleagues and society as a whole.

  • Exhibit the ability to use technology as a professional tool and to have an understanding of its impact on the field of Human Services, its clients and agencies.

Courses should be selected in consultation with an advisor.

First Semester

Course No.

Descriptive Title

Credit Hours

BHS 110

Introduction to Human Services


CHC 103

Child Care and Youth Practicum I


PSY 102

Interviewing and Counseling Skills


PSY 111

Introduction to Psychology


CDC 203

Child Care and Youth Practicum III





Second Semester

Course No.

Descriptive Title

Credit Hours

PSY 134

Group Dynamics


CHC 104

Child Care and Youth Practicum II


PSY 235

Psychology of Exceptionality


BHS 242

Drug and Alcohol Use and Abuse


CDC 206

Child Care and Youth Practicum IV


ENG 101

Composition I









All DRC students are required to submit a completed physical examination form prior to field placement. All immunizations indicated on the form must be current. When this form is on file, the College Health Office will issue a waiver clearing the student for field placement. Hepatitis B Vaccine series is highly recommended and may be required by the placement site under the OSHA Standard on Exposure to Blood Borne Pathogens.

Transportation to and from practicum sites is the responsibility of all students in the program, including those in the dorm. If you do not have a car, please be sure that you are able to find alternate means of transportation.

NOTE: Students enrolled in a Certificate program must complete at least 50% of the program credits at DCC.* Students must earn an overall cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher in order to be awarded the certificate.

*Certain courses may be required to be taken at DCC; check your specific program for these exceptions.