CDA Online Class
The Child Development Associate National Credential Program course is designed to provide professional development opportunities to childcare workers who work in the Early Childhood Education field. The prerequisites needed for the course is that the person must be working in one of three fields: 1) Centerbased Infant/Toddler, 2) Centered-base Preschool, and 3) Family Child Care. In addition, the person must be at least 18 years of age, 1 completed CPR and First Aid certification, and be working on completing 480 hours in the childcare field. Each applicant must be able to successfully pass a criminal background check. The Child Development Associate National Credential Program is exclusively designed to provide 120 hours of instruction in eight content areas within five years. However, the course is offered online and the instructor is available for Saturdays four hours to assist students with class materials, construction of his or her electronic portfolio, and to answer any questions that the participant might have about the course assignments. The course may be completed within six months, or within one year. The eight content areas include: 1) Child growth and development, 2) Different types of childcare programs, 3) Observing and documenting behavior, and 4) Identifying and supporting the learning needs of young children, 5) Classroom environment and behavior management, 6) Child health and nutrition needs, 7) Schedules and routines, 8) Curriculum planning and parental involvement.