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High School Diploma With Child Care Training

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 course 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 course 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 course, 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 course 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.

18 Months / 750 Course Hrs
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High School Diploma With Child Care Training

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Details + Objectives

Course Code: GES130

What You Will Learn
  • Develop the basic knowledge needed to become a child care worker
  • Learn the skills needed to receive your high school diploma
  • Understand the fundamental subjects required to succeed in the modern job market
How the course is taught
  • Self-paced, online course
  • 18 months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 750 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Earn your AdvancED/SACS accredited high school diploma
  • Become eligible to apply for a variety of entry-level jobs
  • Receive 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
  • Complete a career portfolio with cover letter, resume, and more to show to future employers


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Child Care and Education

Learn the business aspects of child care facilities, and understand the personnel techniques and procedures required to be effective on the job. Discuss how to establish positive relationships with parents and families, as well as how to provide a safe environment for children.

Child Care and Education (part 2)

Continue learning about best child care practices. You’ll learn about the developmental stages of infants and children and effective techniques for fostering positive self-esteem. Explore early childhood academic and enrichment activities as well as how to manage behaviors and resolve conflicts.


Understand the fundamentals of English including grammar and composition, an introduction to literature, world literature, and American literature.


Master mathematical concepts including general math, consumer math, money management, and algebra.

Social Studies

Cover a wide variety of social studies topics. During this section of the course you’ll learn about world history, American history, American government and economics, and more.


Complete the course by mastering various scientific studies. Explore earth and space science, physical science, and biology.


18 High School Credits

Child Care & Education Courses - 4 course

  1. Childcare & Education I
    1. Sem. 1:  Business Aspects of Child Care Facilities (0.5 credits)
    2. Sem. 2:  Personnel Techniques and Procedures (0.5 credits)
  2. Childcare & Education II
    1. Sem. 1:  Establishing Positive Relationships with Parents and Families (0.5 credits)
    2. Sem. 2:  Providing a Safe and Secure Child Care Environment (0.5 credits)
  3. Childcare & Education III
    1. Sem. 1:  Developing Stages for Infants, Toddlers, and Preschool-Age Children (0.5 credits)
    2. Sem. 2:  Effective Techniques for Fostering Positive Self-Esteem (0.5 credits)
  4. Childcare & Education IV
    1. Sem. 1:  Early Childhood Academic and Enrichment Activities (0.5 credits)
    2. Sem. 2:  Managing Behaviors and Resolving Conflicts (0.5 credits)

English - 4 credits

  1. English I - Grammar and Composition
    1. Sem. 1:  Introduction to Word Origins and Speech (0.5 credits)
    2. Sem. 2:  Overview of Grammar, Punctuation and Sentence Structure (0.5 credits)
  2. English II - Introduction to Literature
    1. Sem. 1:  Introduction to Figurative Language (0.5 credits)
    2. Sem. 2:  Elements of Literature (0.5 credits)
  3. English III - World Literature
    1. Sem. 1:  Introduction to Various Forms of Literature (0.5 credits)
    2. Sem. 2:  European Literature (0.5 credits)
  4. English IV - American Literature
    1. Sem. 1:  American Literature, Colonial Times to Present (0.5 credits)
    2. Sem. 2:  American Literary Movements and Themes (0.5 credits)

Math - 3 credits

  1. Math I - General Math
    1. Sem. 1:  Number Types and Basic Math Operations (0.5 credits)
    2. Sem. 2:  Exponents, Roots, Scientific Notation, and Use of Formular (0.5 credits)
  2. Math II - Consumer Math
    1. Sem. 1:  Money Management (0.5 credits)
    2. Sem. 2:  Asset Allocation, Employment Benefits, and Consumer Awareness (0.5 credits)
  3. Math III - Algebra
    1. Sem. 1:  Introduction to Algebra (0.5 credits)
    2. Sem. 2:  Interpreting and Translating Equations and Graphs (0.5 credits)
  4. Social Studies - 4 credits
    1. Social Studies I - World History
      1. Sem. 1:  World History A.D. 300 through 1770 (0.5 credits)
      2. Sem. 2:  World History 1770 through 21st Century (0.5 credits)
    2. Social Studies II - American History
      1. Sem. 1:  American History through the 1920s (0.5 credits)
      2. Sem. 2:  Great Depression, World War II, and Postwar Changes (0.5 credits)
    3. Social Studies III - American Government and Economics
      1. Sem. 1:  American Government, Origins and Purposes of Government, Law, and Politics in the United States (0.5 credits)
      2. Sem. 2:  Economics (0.5 credits)
    4. Social Studies IV - Health and Personal Fitness
      1. Sem. 1:  Healthy Concepts and Behaviors (0.5 credits)
      2. Sem. 2:  Personal Fitness Guidelines and Activities (0.5 credits)

Science - 3 credits

  1. Science I - Earth and Space Science 
    1. Sem. 1:  Scientific Knowledge and Inquiry; Origin and Evolution of the Universe (0.5 credits)
    2. Sem. 2:  Earth: Layers, Atmosphere, and Energy Systems (0.5 credits)
  2. Science II - Physical Science
    1. Sem. 1:  Nature of Matter (0.5 credits)
    2. Sem. 2:  Energy (0.5 credits)
  3. Science III - Biology
    1. Sem. 1:  Cells and Human Body Systems with Evolution Lab Component (0.5 credits)
    2. Sem. 2:  Study of Living Organisms (0.5 credits)
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Instructors & Support

Karen Panerali

Karen Panerali has more than 20 years of experience in instruction, curriculum development, and academic support. Her teaching experience includes high school, college, and corporate training settings. She holds a Bachelor of Art in Journalism and a Master of Arts in liberal arts studies.

Kimberly Sher

Kimberly Sher has been an academic coach for more than 13 years. Previously, she was a science instructor at the University of Miami. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in chemistry education.

Yianna Pavlakos

Yianna Pavlakos is an Academic Coach and Social Studies Academic Support Instructor with 14 years of experience. She has a Bachelor’s degree in history and philosophy and a Master’s degree in history.

Shauna Paedae

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.

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Prerequisites / Requirements


All students entering Career Online High School must be at least 16 years of age prior to the first day of class and have successfully completed the 8th Grade at an accredited institution. Minors will be required to obtain parental consent to enrollment and acknowledgment of responsibility.


Hardware Requirements: 

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.
  • Speakers or headphones.

Software Requirements: 

  • PC: Windows XP or later.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
Instructional Materials

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.

More About

Smart Horizons Career Online High School is an AdvancED/SACS/NCA/NWAC-accredited program. We're also approved as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).

About Certification


The Council for Professional Recognition provides services and guidance to professionals in the field of early childhood education and development. The council helps improve the performance of teachers, childcare providers, and others to ensure they’re meeting the needs of all children aged birth to five years. The administration of the Child Development Associate® (CDA) National Credentialing Program is one way they help to promote professionalism and expertise in this area. To date, more than 370,000 CDA credentials have been awarded, and you can be one of the recipients when you complete a certified online course.


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Does this course prepare for a certification?


When can I start the course?

This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

How long does it take to complete this course?

The career component of this course 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.

All of our courses are self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start them when you want and finish them at your own pace. Depending on how many credits you transfer in, you can be on your way to earning your high school diploma in a few months. Upon registering, you are given eighteen months to complete this course.

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

The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact your Student Advisor to help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

What kind of support will I receive?

You may be assigned with an instructor or team of industry experts for one-on-one course interaction. Your support will be available (via e-mail) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our instructors are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach. You will be assigned to an Advisor for academic support.

What happens when I complete the course?

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.

Am I guaranteed a job?

This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

Can I get financial assistance?

ed2go courses are non-credit, so they do not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more:

How can I get more information about this course?

If you have questions that are not answered on our website, please feel free to contact us via LIVE CHAT or by calling us at (855) 520-6806. If you are visiting us during non-business hours, please feel free to send us a question using the Contact Us form.

I dropped out my senior year. Will all of the courses I completed count toward this diploma?

Once you are ready to start the course, our Registrar will analyze your transcripts and apply credits for any coursework you completed that fulfills our credit transfer requirements. Elective credits do not apply since the electives we offer are needed for you to earn your career certification. Click here to download the transcript request form.

What is the career portfolio?

To arm you with the tools you need to find a job, we will teach you to create essential documents such as your resume and a cover letter.

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 need to find a local agency in your community to fulfill the hands-on training hours required.

Why shouldn't I just get my GED?

A GED or General Equivalency Diploma requires you to pay for an exam. Preparing for the exam does not always provide you with the learning opportunities you could benefit from by completing coursework. Additionally, this course gives you the benefit of earning a career certificate. We encourage you to make the decision that is right for you, so research all of your options. Also, ask friends, family, and employers what their opinion is!

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