Child Development Associate Training

If you like working with children, a career as a childcare professional might be right for you. This certificate program in Childcare and Education will allow you to earn your national Child Development Associate (CDA) certification, while working at your own pace in a flexible, self-directed online learning environment.

Through this convenient, affordable program, designed especially for working adult students, you will earn the 120 hours of professional development required by the Council of Professional Recognition for CDA certification. The program is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and you’ll benefit from the support of a committed, knowledgeable instructor. You can start the program at any time of the year. Do not let a busy schedule keep you from your career in childcare!

Objective

Upon completion of this program, you will complete a self-study CDA certificate that meets the 120 clock hours of professional development required by The Council for Professional Recognition in order to obtain the National CDA credential.

Details

If you like working with children, a career as a childcare professional might be right for you. This certificate program in Childcare and Education will allow you to earn your national Child Development Associate (CDA) certification, while working at your own pace in a flexible, self-directed online learning environment.

This program offers comprehensive coverage of all the topics you need to master to earn the certification. In a series of courses, you'll learn about children's physical, intellectual, social, and emotional development. You'll gain insights into how to foster positive relationships with families, and how to record children's progress and behavior. You'll also develop an understanding of how to create a safe and healthy environment for children and childcare workers. Upon completion of the program, you will have met the 120 hours of professional development required by The Council of Professional Recognition in order to obtain the national CDA credential.

Don't let a busy schedule keep you from your career in childcare! This affordable, self-paced, online program is designed especially for working adult students. You'll learn at your own pace, and benefit from the support of a committed, knowledgeable instructor. You can start the program at any time of the year. Start preparing for your future now!

You will be given six (6) months to complete the program; however, since the course work is self-paced, you may be able to complete it in less time.

Note: The CDA Credential is not provided with this program. This program provides students with the education requirements needed to obtain their credential. Please click here to see the requirements to apply for the CDA.

  • Registration + Fees

    Begins: Open enrollment | REGISTER

    Course: OCHX800.01

    Tuition: $1,050 | Prospective students of this program may be eligible for full or partial federal tuition assistance under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

  • Outline

    Child Care & Education Courses – 12 CEUs
    I. Childcare & Education I
        1. Sem. 1: Business Aspects of Child Care Facilities
        2. Sem. 2: Personnel Techniques and Procedures
    II. Childcare & Education II
        1. Sem. 1: Establishing positive relationships with parents and families
        2. Sem. 2: Providing a safe and secure child care environment
    III. Childcare & Education III
        1. Sem. 1: Development stages for infants, toddlers, and pre-school age children
        2. Sem. 2: Effective techniques for fostering positive self esteem
    IV. Childcare & Education IV
        1. Sem. 1: Early childhood academic and enrichment activities
        2. Sem. 2: Managing behaviors, resolving conflicts

  • Requirements

    This program can be taken on a PC or a Mac. You will need Internet access and email capability.

    For Windows users, you will need to have Windows XP, Vista, 7, or greater. For Mac users, you will need to have Mac OSX version 10.5 or greater. You will need to use Internet Explorer version 6 or later, Firefox version 10 or later, Apple Safari 5.0.3 or later, or Google Chrome version 0.11.257.201 (including 11.0.696.57 update) or later. You will also need to enable JavaScript in your browser options.

    Adobe Flash Player and Adobe Acrobat Reader are required for this program.

    Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
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    Hardware:
    1024 x 768, 16-bit (thousands of colors) color display or better
    Standard mouse, keyboard, speakers and sound card

    All materials for this program are available online.

    Prerequisites

    Though there are no prerequisites for taking the Child Care & Education courses, employers in the Child Care field may require a high school diploma.

  • Instructor

    Darlene Lawrence is an Academic Coach and Childcare and Education Instructor with 5 years of experience. She is has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Master’s degree in teaching.

  • FAQs

    1. Can I register for programs if I am an international student?

    Yes, because ed2go programs are online you never have to actually travel to the school. Most schools offer telephone or online registration.

    2. How long does it take to complete a program?

    All of our programs are self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start them when you want and finish them at your own pace. You will have up to six (6) months to complete the courses in this program.

    3. Do I have to buy additional materials?

    No additional materials are required for this program.

    4. Can I get financial assistance?

    ed2go courses are non-credit courses, so they do not qualify for federal aid. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses.

    5. What happens when I complete the program?

    Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a certificate of completion.

    6. Am I guaranteed a job?

    ed2go programs will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. We don't provide direct job placement services, but our facilitators and career counselors will help you build your resume and are available to give advice on finding your first job. Facilitators will also be available to use as a professional reference upon completion of the program. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

    7. Who will be my instructor?

    Each student is paired up with a facilitator for one-on-one interaction. The facilitator will be available (via e-mail) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our facilitators are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach.

    8. What software or hardware do I need in order to take online programs and what are the system requirements?

    In order to take our online programs, you must have access to a computer and the Internet. You can access the program contents from any Web-enabled computer. You don't have to use the same computer to log-in to the program every time. We recommend that you have a word-processing program (Microsoft Word is best) and the latest version of Internet Explorer.

    9. Can I use a Mac?

    Yes, you can use a Mac for this program.

    10. How can I get more information about the program?

    If you have questions that are not answered on our website, please feel free to contact us via LIVE chat (click the button toward the top of the page). If you are visiting us during non-business hours, please feel free to send us a question using the "Contact Us" form to the right. You may also call us at 1-855-520-6806. We will answer your questions promptly.

    11. When can I start the program?

    Our programs are all open enrollment. You can register and start the program as soon as you are ready.

    Please note: Once the program curriculum is accessed online or through submission of a material shipment confirmation, refunds cannot be issued.

    12. When can I work on my courses?

    Courses are self-paced and taught in an online learning environment available to all students 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    13. What if I need help with my coursework?

    We will provide an instructor for academic support, as needed. Instructors usually respond to support requests the same business day, or within 24-48 hours.

    14. If I choose a major like Child Care, how will I train to work with children?

    While we provide you with all of the coursework you need in order to qualify for a Childcare Certification, you will find a local agency in your community to fulfill the hands-on training hours required.

    15. What if I don't have enough time to complete my program within the time frame provided?

    The time allotted to complete your program has been calculated based on the number of hours for each program, so don't worry too much about not completing in time. If, after a concerted effort, you are still unable to complete, your Student Advisor will help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that a fee will be charged for an extension.