Course Code: GES131
The first section of our course covers the business side of working with children, whether you’re interested in teaching, child care and daycare, or becoming a nanny. In seminar 1, we’ll review the business aspects of child care facilities, and in seminar 2, we’ll go over techniques and procedures for staff and personnel.
The second section is all about relationships—not only with the children’s parents, but with the children themselves. Relationship building is an essential part of being a successful Child Development Associate. In seminar 1, we talk about establishing positive relationships with parents and families, while in seminar 2, we’ll discuss providing a safe and secure child care environment.
In the third section, we’ll delve into the milestones of child development and teach you how to be a supportive, positive influence in any child’s life. Seminar 1 will cover the development stages for infants, toddlers, and pre-school-age children, and seminar 2 will review effective techniques for fostering positive self-esteem.
Section 4 will teach you real-life strategies you can apply to various situations that are sure to arise in the day-to-day world of the Child Development Associate. Seminar 1 invites you to discover some early childhood academic and enrichment activities, while seminar 2 discusses the very important topics of behavior management and conflict resolution.
Darlene Lawrence is an academic coach and child care and education instructor with five years of experience. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in teaching.
Though there are no prerequisites for taking the Child Care & Education courses, employers in the Child Care field may require a high school diploma.
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.
This program can be taken on a PC or a Mac. You will need Internet access and email capability.
Adobe Flash Player and Adobe Acrobat Reader are required for this program.
All materials for this program are available online.
After finishing this program, you will have completed 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.
Note: The CDA Credential is not provided with this program. This program provides students with the education requirements, but there are further steps needed to obtain the credential. Please click here to see the requirements to apply for the CDA Credential.
Yes, because ed2go programs are online you never have to actually travel to the school. Most schools offer telephone or online registration.
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.
No additional materials are required for this program.
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.
Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a certificate of completion.
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.
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.
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.
Yes, you can use a Mac for this program.
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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.
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.
When you complete your CDA training online with ed2go, you can study at your own pace and finish the 120 hours of required coursework in six months or less. The time to complete the remaining requirements for your CDA Credential will depend on your previous work experience and how quickly you complete your application.
The CDA Credential shows employers that you are a true professional, with the skills and experience needed to be successful in working with children. It is therefore useful in many different fields, including preschool and elementary school teacher, teaching assistant, nanny, and child care provider.