SCOTTSDALE, AZ (August 4, 2015) – Penn Foster College, a leader in career-focused online and blended education announced today that it has launched a new Undergraduate Certificate in CDA Credential Preparation Program to help students prepare to apply for their Child Development Associate (CDA) credential. This credential, which is issued by the Council for Professional Recognition, is the most widely recognized credential in Early Childhood Education. The college-level course work and the CDA Credential are key milestones on the path of career advancement in this field.
Penn Foster College’s Undergraduate Certificate for CDA Credential Preparation Program allows students to complete two of the biggest prerequisites required to apply to take their CDA Credential examination post-graduation. More specifically, students will have met the 120-hour educational component and will have created a professional portfolio during their enrollment in the program. Helping students advance down the path towards applying for the CDA Credential examination is an essential goal of the program.
“Penn Foster’s new Undergraduate Certificate in CDA Credential Preparation will be of real value to all students looking to gain the right kind of experience and education that will help them earn their credential,” said Nancy Moretti, Department Chair for Early Childhood Education at Penn Foster. “In addition to helping them complete major prerequisites for the CDA Credential application, the program’s college-level course work is important because it challenges students and helps them prepare to pursue further education if they so choose, as many child care professionals go on to earn their Associate or Bachelor’s degree in ECE.”
Students taking the program will select one of three settings aligned with the CDA Credential tracks, including two center-based tracks: Infant/Toddler and Preschool, as well as a Family Child Care track. Students will also be able to participate in discussions boards and live webinars, and complete course assignments to fulfill the education component of the CDA requirements. In addition, all of the instructors for the program are Professional Development Specialists as approved by the CDA Council.
For students who wish to continue their education with Penn Foster, thirteen course credits from the Undergraduate Certificate in CDA Credential Preparation Program can be transferred to Penn Foster College’s Early Childhood Education Associate Degree Program.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the target job market for Child Care Workers and Teacher Aides and assistants is expected to reach close to 3 million jobs in 2022. This CDA college-level course work and the CDA Credential aligns with the skill set needed for employment.
“This exciting new program rounds out Penn Foster’s Early Childhood Education portfolio of program offerings to ensure the school is providing the right training for the skills needed for the various job positions in this field and to help students become more competitive and successful throughout their careers,” said Dara Warn, Chief Marketing and Product Officer, Penn Foster.