Child Development Associate (CDA) Training Certificate

Why Penn Foster?

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Program Overview

Penn Foster’s Child Development Associate (CDA) Training Certificate includes a well-balanced view of a child’s developmental process, as well as information on the importance of health, safety, and nutrition. Child care jobs are expected to increase by 14% over the next several years, and the opportunities to start your own child care business are some of the best in this economy.* This Certificate is designed to meet the CDA requirement for 120 hours of formal education related to professional child care.

As a child care professional, you know how important the learning process is. Penn Foster will help you further your own education through affordable, effective online training at a pace that’s right for you. If you are interested in an early childhood education degree, these course credits also can be transferred to Penn Foster’s Early Childhood Education Associate Degree Program.

Curriculum Details

Course 1

ECE111 Fundamentals of Early Childhood Education 45 hours

This course is designed to teach you the importance and benefit of early childhood education.

Objectives:

  • Describe the philosophies of various types of early childhood education programs.
  • Equip and organize an effective early childhood classroom.
  • Participate in a webinar and complete an observation report project.
Additional Course Material

Textbook: Foundations of Early Childhood Education: Teaching Children in a Diverse Setting

Course 2

ECE220 Child Growth and Development 45 hours

Child growth and development is impacted by both genetics and environment.

Objectives:

  • Understand the basics of child psychology.
  • Recognize the interplay of both genetics and the environment on child growth and development.
Additional Course Material

Textbook: Child Development

Course 3

ECE130 Health, Safety, and Nutrition for the Young Child 45 hours

Each day seems to bring more dire news about health, especially children’s health. However, early childhood educators and staff have the potential to create enormous, positive changes in the way children eat, exercise, and avoid injurious habits.

Objectives:

  • Understand the components of a healthy lifestyle.
  • Develop programs designed to promote healthy lifestyles.
Additional Course Material

Textbooks:

  • The Young Child and the Environment:
  • Issues Related to Health, Nutrition, Safety, and Physical Activity
Graded Project

Early childhood educators are responsible for selecting developmentally appropriate toys for children of various age groups and stages of development. For this graded project, research the guidelines for selecting developmentally appropriate toys for a child in a specific age group.

Course 4

ECE240 Assessment in Early Childhood Education 45 hours

The current emphasis on producing high-quality, comprehensive programming for young children requires early-learning professionals to develop excellent observation and assessment skills.

Objectives:

  • Understand the purpose of observation and assessment in the early childhood classroom.
  • Describe the process of collecting and recording observations.
  • Foster child development in each learning area.
  • Share your observations with the children’s family members.
Additional Course Material

Textbook: Observing Development of the Young Child


Computer Specifications
You will need high-speed internet access to begin your program. You will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows XP® or later or an Apple® Mac® computer running OS X® or later, and an email account to complete your program with Penn Foster.

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Sample Lesson

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Child Development Associate (CDA) Training Certificate Details

Penn Foster will help you gain the knowledge and skills you need for a career in child development, like understanding topics of child psychology and relevant trends and health and care standards in the development of young children. You will complete courses covering the fundamentals of early childhood education, child growth and development, and health, safety, and nutrition for young children.

* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, "Occupational Outlook Handbook," 2014-15 Edition, Childcare Workers, on the Internet here (visited February 5, 2014).

You can improve your child development knowledge for a current job or new career in public or private school classrooms, after-school and day care programs, camps or preschool centers, and government agencies or institutions. Here are a few qualities that effective child development educators have in common:

  • Communicative: You listen and talk through situations with students, teachers, and parents.
  • Cooperative: You are pleasant and a good communicator.
  • Sociable: Spending time with others is fun and rewarding.
  • Creative: Teachers often need to think outside the box to engage young children.
  • Compassionate: You care about the health and well-being of others.

I am so happy that I made a career change with the help of Penn Foster. Penn Foster makes it easy, and they are always supportive and encouraging to you. Whenever I had a question, I just gave my instructors a call, and they were very helpful and easy to talk with. The online testing made it convenient, and my shipments always arrived right on time.

- Christina R., Penn Foster Graduate

Penn Foster is a great school with amazing people who always help and work with you through ANY situation. I experienced a fire in my home, and Penn Foster was there for me to cope through the situation. Thank you, and I will be doing another program soon.

- Claudia D., Penn Foster Graduate

We make sure you have everything you need:

  • Graduate debt free with 0% interest
  • Books and learning aids included
  • Study Planner App to customize your study plans and keep track of your progress
  • Instructional support from our world-class faculty
  • Access 24/7 to Penn Foster’s online campus, plus immediate membership in the Child Development Associate (CDA) academic group
  • Your personalized online student homepage and learning portal
  • Additional resources such as our online library and career guidance from Career Cruising

What are the requirements to enroll in the CDA Training Certificate program?

This certificate is designed to meet the CDA requirement for 120 hours of formal education related to professional child care.

Will I earn my CDA Credential after completing the CDA Training Certificate Program?

The Penn Foster CDA Training Certificate contains only a portion of the requirements needed to earn your CDA. In addition, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Be 18 years of age or older and have high school diploma or GED
  • Have 480 hours of professional experience working with the age group in which you are seeking your credential within the last 3 years
  • Purchase an application packet at www.cdacouncil.org, pay the application fee, and complete all assessment requirements mandated by the Council for Professional Recognition

Who do I contact if I want more information on the CDA Credential?

For more information on the CDA Credential, please visit the CDA Council’s website at www.cdacouncil.org. You may call the council at: 1-800-424-4310 (toll free) or email them at cdafeedback@cdacouncil.org.

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