Child Development Professional (Voucher Included)

This extensive course bundle is just right for the childcare professional with aspirations of going into childcare management or administration. It provides you with the necessary training and tools to earn your Child Development Associate (CDA) certification. It also prepares you to earn internationally recognized Microsoft certifications to showcase your know-how for in-demand business applications.

The first course, Child Development Associate – Center Based, is designed to provide you with a...

12 Months / 365 Course Hrs
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Course code: GES2125

What you will learn

  • Evaluate and make recommendations for modifications of regulations regarding children's health, safety, and learning environments
  • Identify typical stages of cognitive, linguistic, physical, social, and emotional development
  • Develop a list of developmentally appropriate activities and materials that encourage physical, linguistic, cognitive, creative, social, and emotional development in children from birth to age five
  • Implement appropriate guidance techniques for specific situations relating to children's behaviors
  • Demonstrate skills in the practical application of developmental principles and theories, observation techniques, and recognition of growth and development patterns
  • Apply the competency statements into practice in an early childhood setting
  • Prepare to become a certified child development associate professional
  • Communicate qualifications for employability

How you will benefit

  • Build a portfolio for your verification visit with PD Specialist feedback
  • Know how to team with parents and guardians to track milestones or identify developmental delays
  • Develop appropriate lesson plans with accommodation
  • Prepare to take the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Associate certification exams
  • Demonstrate your advanced understanding of the most commonly used Microsoft Office products
  • Learn the most advanced skills and techniques to best use Microsoft Office programs Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook

How the course is taught

  • Self-paced, online course
  • 12 Months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 365 course hours
  1. Child Development Professional
    1. Getting Started
    2. How to Take This Course
    3. Why Earn a Child Development Certification?
    4. The Portfolio Introduction
    5. Principles of Child Development and Learning
    6. Planning a Safe and Healthy Learning Environment
    7. Advancing Children's Physical and Intellectual Development
    8. Supporting Children's Social and Emotional Development
    9. Building Productive Relationships with Families
    10. Managing an Effective Program
    11. Observing and Recording Children's Behavior
    12. Achieving High-Quality Care
    13. Final Portfolio Review
    14. CDA Prep and Taking Your Exam
    15. Employability
    16. Final Exam
    17. Resources
  2. Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Associate Certification Training
    1. Introduction to Microsoft Word
    2. Intermediate Microsoft Word
    3. Advanced Microsoft Word
    4. Microsoft Word Final Exam
    5. Introduction to Microsoft Excel
    6. Intermediate Microsoft Excel
    7. Advanced Microsoft Excel
    8. Microsoft Excel Final Exam
    9. Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint
    10. Advanced Microsoft PowerPoint
    11. Microsoft PowerPoint Final Exam
    12. Introduction to Microsoft Outlook
    13. Advanced Microsoft Outlook
    14. Microsoft Outlook Final Exam

Kerri Welch

Kerri Welch has over 20 years of extensive experience in the field of Early Childhood Education, more specifically with the CDA credential as an Instructor, Field Supervisor at Dutchess Community College, in NY, as a PD Specialist for the CDA Council, and currently teaching Child Development classes at Houston Community College. She has successfully trained a diverse population of students by helping them advance in their careers in early childhood development through implementing a child-centered, developmentally appropriate curriculum that uses positive guidance techniques. She has a Master of Science in Early Childhood Education with a focus on Students with Disabilities, a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education, and an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education. Kerri is on the advisory board of Informed Green Solutions, a national non-profit that has pioneered environmental education on green cleaning products for early childhood programs. She is extremely passionate about children's health, nutrition, and safety, especially as it relates to children with special needs.

Tracy Berry

Tracy Berry has been a senior graphic designer/programmer, instructor, and consultant since 1993 and has developed hundreds of logos, marketing materials, websites, and multimedia solutions for customers worldwide. She was also involved in several large corporate software rollouts. She has helped many organizations optimize and streamline data solutions. She teaches both onsite and online courses and has her CTT (Certified Technical Trainer) certification. Tracy specializes in teaching graphics, desktop publishing, web design, and reporting/productivity applications.

Instructor Interaction: The instructor looks forward to interacting with learners in the online moderated discussion area to share their expertise and answer any questions you may have on the course content.


There are no prerequisites to take this course. However, you must be familiar with using a personal computer and Windows environment. You must also be able to launch and close programs, navigate to information stored on the computer, and manage files and folders.

Certification Requirements:

To be eligible for the CDA certification:

  • You must have a minimum of a high school diploma or GED, or be a junior or senior in a high school career and technical program, and
  • Complete 120 hours of formal early childhood technical education (this course meets CDA requirements)
  • Complete a CDA professional portfolio (this course assists with portfolio preparation)
  • Complete a CDA verification site visit where a PD Specialist observes you working with children

Please Note: Within three years of submitting your application, you must also have 480 hours of professional work experience at a center-based program with experience in all three age groups.

For more information on the CDA requirements, please visit the CDA Council website.

To earn the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Associate Certification:

  • You must pass all three of the following exams:
    • MO-100 (Word)
    • MO-200 (Excel)
    • MO-300 (PowerPoint)


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course must be taken on a PC. Macs and Chromebooks are not compatible.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 10 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox is preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook 2019 or Microsoft Office 365 (not included in enrollment). While Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook 2019 are ideal, you can use the desktop versions of each included with Microsoft 365. Please note: There may be some differences between your version of these programs and what you see in the course.
  • Microsoft Word Online
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment. The following textbooks will be shipped to you approximately 7-10 business days after enrollment:

  • Childhood Development Associate Manual, Infant-Toddler & Preschool Editions

The following eBooks will be provided in the course:

  • Beginning Essentials in Early Childhood Education, 3rd edition, by Ann Gordon, Kathryn Williams Browne (eBook)
  • Infants & Toddlers: Caregiving and Responsive Curriculum Development, 10th edition, by Terri Swim (eBook)

Yes. Child Development Associate – Center-Based for Infant and Toddler and/or Preschool. The education hours can be applied toward both certifications, but you will need to present a different portfolio and verification visit for each age group you choose to seek certification.

You will also be prepared for the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification exams for PowerPoint, Outlook, Word, and Excel. Upon successful completion of the MO-100, MO-200, and MO-300 exams, you will earn your MOS Associate Certification.

Please note that the course does not include the CDA exam voucher but does include the MOS exam vouchers.

No, this course prepares students for the Infant-Toddler and Preschool pathways/exams of the CDA.

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

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.

After you register, you will receive 12 months to complete the course. The time allotted for completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours.

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 the student advising team to see what options you may have available to work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

The course instructor will be available by email to answer any questions and provide feedback on your performance. Occasionally, your course may be supported by a team of industry experts. You will also receive support from the student advising team.

Upon successfully passing the final exam, you will be awarded a certificate of completion from the school or organization you registered.

ed2go courses will help you gain the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. However, you should always research the job market in your area before enrolling.

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 may provide funding to take our courses. Additionally, you may qualify for financial assistance if you meet certain requirements. Learn more about financial assistance.

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