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Child Development Associate Training

Do you love working with kids? A career in child care could be perfect for you. This certificate program in childcare and education will allow you to earn your national Child Development Associate (CDA) certification and achieve your career goals as a teacher or child care professional. Our convenient, affordable CDA class allows you to work at your own pace in a flexible, self-directed online learning environment—and go on to a fulfilling career shaping the minds of the future.

The Child Development Associate Training Program from ed2go was designed especially for working adults. Upon completion of this CDA certification online prep course, you will have earned 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.

Don't let a busy schedule keep you from the career of your dreams. If you’re looking for CDA classes near you, look no further than the comfort of your own home. You can enroll anytime and fit the lessons into your life—no need to adhere to a set class schedule. Start preparing for your future now!

6 Months / 120 Course Hrs
Open Enrollment

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Learning Method

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Child Development Associate Training

Learning Method

Instructor-led Self-Paced: Study at your own schedule

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Child Development Associate Training Details + Objective

Course Code: GES131

You Will Learn
  • The development stages for infants, toddlers, and pre-school-age children.
  • How to establish positive and productive relationships with personnel, parents and families, and children.
  • How to effectively manage a child care facility.
  • Procedures and strategies to provide a safe and enriching child care environment.
How the course is taught
  • Our CDA course is open enrollment and is taught entirely online.
  • You will be given six months to complete the program; however, since the coursework is self-paced, you may be able to complete it in less time.
  • Your instructor will be available to provide feedback via email and for one-on-one interaction throughout the course.
How you will benefit
  • Complete the professional development requirements you will need in order to apply for the National CDA Credential.
  • Prepare for a career as an elementary or middle school teacher, substitute teacher, preschool or child care provider, or nanny or babysitter.
  • Earn a certificate of completion you can add to your resume and use as a stepping stone to career success!
Child Development Associate Training Outline
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Section 1

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.

Section 2

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.

Section 3

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

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.

Child Development Associate Training Instructors
Darlene Lawrence

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.

Child Development Associate Training Requirements / 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.

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.

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. Click here to download the Flash Player.

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.

More About Child Development Associate Training

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.

Child Development Associate Training Frequently Asked Questions
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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.

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.

Do I have to buy additional materials?

No additional materials are required for this program.

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.

What happens when I complete the program?

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

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.

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.

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.

Can I use a Mac?

Yes, you can use a Mac for this program.

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 (855) 534-3690. We will answer your questions promptly.

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.

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.

What are the technical requirements for this course?

This program can be taken on a PC or a Mac. You will need internet access and email capability. Windows users will need to have Windows XP, Vista, 7, or greater. Mac users 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 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.

How long does it take to get a CDA certificate?

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.

What can I do with a CDA in childcare?

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.

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