Child Development Associates Coursework (CDA)

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Course Description: The Child Development Associate course will be completed in systematic and sequential manner. This course is (120 Hours) that will address the professional competency standards that form the core of the national accreditation and credentialing process. The modules are organized around the thirteen (13) functional areas of the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential. Classes will be held primarily in the form of educational online with presentations, videos, quizzes, and assignments.

Text:

The goal of the Online CDA program is to prepare participants to fulfill the requirements and pass the assessment of the Council for Professional Recognition; Suggested course required reading material includes Working with Young Children 7th edition and workbook, CDA Essentials for Working with Young Children, CDA Essentials workbook, and CDA competency standard workbook. The texts and guides referenced above were selected as they have been recognized by the Council of Professional Recognition and The Keystone Stars Child Care Quality Initiative as training material that sufficiently details the information necessary for CDA credential obtainment.

Course Goals:

  1. To understand the concept of developmentally appropriate practices.

  2. To use knowledge of developmentally appropriate practices to define and evaluate methods.

  3. To use principles of developmentally appropriate practices in creating a safe, healthy learning environment for children.

  4. To use principles of developmentally appropriate practices to advance physical and intellectual competence.

  5. To use principles of developmentally appropriate practices to support social and emotional development and provide positive guidance.

  6. To understand the role of the teacher in establishing positive relationships with families and being an advocate for children and families.

  7. To understand the role of the teacher as a professional and a manager.

Course Objectives:

  1. To read material from the text, supplementary and resource materials which supply additional information on appropriate methods and learning experiences.

  2. To become familiar with the State Early Learning Quality System.

  3. To use methods and materials which provide opportunities to encourage curiosity, exploration, problem-solving, verbal and non-verbal communication, creativity, positive self-esteem and basic development.

  4. To apply the concepts and theories of developmentally appropriate practices (DAP) in developing the competency as a practitioner in understanding and using knowledge to define and evaluate methods and materials for young children.

  5. To apply the concepts and theories of developmentally appropriate practices (DAP) in creating a safe, healthy learning environment, advancing physical and intellectual competence, and supporting social and emotional development and providing positive guidance.

  6. To understand the role of the teacher in establishing positive relationships with families and being an advocate for children and families.

  7. To successfully complete the course, developing the competency goals and the Resource

File the CDA process for the Child Development Associate credential.

Course Content Areas/CDA Competency Goals: (Training to consist of a minimum of 120 hours of instructor interaction covering the following)

NAEYC Standards

  1. Knowing and understanding the multiple influences on development and learning.
  2. Knowing about and understanding family and community partnerships.
  3. Understanding the goal, benefits and use assessments.
  4. Engage in continuous, collaborative learning to inform practice.
  5. Integrate knowledgeable, reflective, and critical perspectives on early education.
  6. Knowing, understanding, and using effective approaches, strategies, and tools for early learning.
  7. Knowing, understanding, and using positive relationships and supportive interactions.
  8. Understanding the goals, benefits, uses of assessments.

What will Students gain?

  1. Students will understand that the role of an early childhood educator is to support and enhance learning by preparing the environment, providing challenging learning experiences, and interacting with children and parents.

  2. Students will examine their reasons for wanting to work with young children.

  3. They will explore the personal characteristics needed for successfully working with young children.

  4. Students will learn developmental accomplishments for children from birth through 5 years of age.

  5. Students will understand the idea of domains of developmental physical, social, emotional, cognitive & language and the ways in which they are integrated for each child.

  6. Students will comprehend the concepts of individual differences and variations in children learning styles and personalities.

  7. Students will understand the concept of developmental disabilities and recognize the need for specialized resources to facilitate the development of children with disabilities in inclusive settings.

  8. Students will learn how to provide safe and healthy environment to prevent and reduce injuries.

  9. They will learn how to promote good health and nutrition practices.

  10. Students will learn how to handle emergencies, accidents, and injuries appropriately.

  11. Students will learn how to use space and materials as resources for constructing an interesting and enjoyable environment that encourages play, exploration and learning.

  12. Students will learn how to use relationships and routines to construct a secure and growth-enhancing environment for children.

  13. Students will learn how to develop children’s abilities to function independently.

  14. They will learn how to help children feel accepted in the group and encourage communication, so children can get along with others.

  15. Students will learn how to provide learning experiences and opportunities to encourage curiosity, exploration, and problem solving, appropriate to the developmental levels and learning styles of children.

  16. Students will learn how to maintain open, friendly, and cooperative relationships with each child’s family.

  17. Students will learn how to be effective communicators and cooperative co-workers.

  18. They will learn how to successfully complete and develop the competency goals and the Resource File for the CDA assessment process for Child Development Associate credential.

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