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 childcare and education instructor with five years of experience. She holds 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 course provides you with the education requirements needed to obtain your credential. Please click here to see the requirements to apply for the CDA.
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
Yes, ed2go courses are completely online. However, keep in mind that not all certifying bodies or industry-specific certifications are recognized internationally. Please review your country's regulations prior to enrolling in courses that prepare for certification.
Yes. After finishing this course, 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.
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.
This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive six (6) months to complete the course.
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.
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.
Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.
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.
This course is non-credit, so it does 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: https://www.ed2go.com/career/financial-assistance
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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.
Council for Professional Recognition
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.