Child Development Associate Training

George Mason University

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Career Training Program
Program Code: GES131
Hours: 120
Fees: $950.00 USD


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.

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