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Earn your high school diploma as you prepare for a career in the high-demand field of early childhood education! This 18-credit high school program will teach you the skills you need to get a job as a childcare worker, while preparing you to obtain a national Child Development Associate (CDA) certification. The program is offered entirely online, and you can work at your own pace.
When you enroll, you are assigned an Academic Coach who will provide you with support and help you stay on track. Should you need additional academic support, you will be assigned to one of our qualified instructors certified in the areas of mathematics, science, language arts, and social studies, who will work directly with you.
When you complete the program, you will graduate with a high school diploma from Career Online High School. In addition, you will have 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.
The career component of this program takes an estimate of 120 hours to complete; however, the hours for the High School Diploma general education can vary based on the number of high school credits you have prior to enrollment.
You will be given eighteen (18) months to complete the program; however, since the course work is self-paced, you may be able to complete it in less time.
Karen Panerali is a Language Arts Academic Support Instructor with 15 years of experience. She is has a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and a Master’s degree in liberal arts.
Kimberly Sher is an Academic Coach and Science Academic Support Instructor with 13 years of experience. She is has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology with a minor in Psychology and a Master’s degree in chemistry education.
Yianna Pavlakos is an Academic Coach and Social Studies Academic Support Instructor with 14 years of experience. She is has a Bachelor’s degree in history and philosophy and a Master’s degree in history.
Shauna Paedae is a Math Academic Support Instructor. She is a National Board Certified Teacher with a Master’s degree in statistics, a Bachelor’s degree in mathematics, and 31 years of teaching experience.
Upon successful completion of this program, you will:
18 High School Credits
Earn your high school diploma as you prepare for a career in the high-demand field of early childhood education! This 18-credit high school program will teach you the skills you need to get a job as a childcare worker, while preparing you to obtain a national Child Development Associate (CDA) certification. When you complete the program, you will graduate with a high school diploma from Career Online High School.
Career Online High School is a division of Smart Horizons Career Online Education, a private school district that has been granted District Accreditation from the AdvancED Accreditation Commission, the national commission that confers the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI) accreditation seal. This means that the SHCOE district and all its schools are accredited, and that Smart Horizons Career Online Education is recognized across the nation as a quality school system.
AdvancED is the unified organization of the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI). AdvancED provides nationally recognized accreditation for school districts and individual schools and represents 27,000 public and private schools and districts across the United States and in 65 countries worldwide, educating 15 million students.
Students and community members can learn more about the District Accreditation Process at www.advanc-ed.org.
Smart Horizons has been approved as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), 1780 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500 McLean, VA 22102.
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