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Help Shape Minds With a Child Development Associate (CDA) Certificate

Written by Ashworth College on Wednesday, 11 September 2019. Posted in Online College

Children raising their hands in classroom.

You’re creative and have a curious mind. You also enjoy helping others and watching them succeed. With your value of education and desire to shape young minds, you can start learning the skills you need for the classroom. Here’s how Ashworth can help you take steps toward becoming a confident educator with our Child Development Associate (CDA) Certificate.

Help others grow

You know learning is important, especially when it comes to young children. You believe education lays a foundation for children to grow and helps them succeed. With your skills and passion for guiding youth, learning the latest information about the field is the next step to help you further your career. You'll be able to use what you learn in your courses to provide a caring, strong educational environment to help your students realize their potential. According to Professor Susanna Loeb at the Stanford Graduate School of Education, early childhood education promotes continued success in school and beyond. Earning a CDA could potentially boost your resume and pay, and helps you stand out from others applying for the same position.

How to become an early childhood educator

Working in childcare involves patience, a willingness to go above and beyond to help your students, and hands-on training. Our certificate program provides you with the knowledge to start or further your career in the education field. In our flexible, online CDA certificate course, you’ll learn how to understand a child’s development process, handle issues related to child behavior, and create a safe and effective classroom environment while planning age-appropriate activities. You’ll also complete courses such as

  • Foundations of Teaching. In this lesson, you’ll learn the foundations of early care and education of children from birth to eight-years-old.
  • Observing and Assessing Children. You’ll learn to understand the different forms of assessments and evaluations teachers use and the purpose they serve.
  • Curriculum. This lesson will teach you the purpose of curriculum and its significance in the early childhood education classroom. You’ll explore how children learn and how to adapt curriculum to fit different children's needs.
  • Collaborating With Families. In this lesson, you’ll learn to recognize the different elements that create family dynamics and the importance of family involvement in the classroom. In addition, you’ll touch on the importance of communication with parents.

Your career in early childhood education will allow you to be creative while you develop curriculum to meet student’s needs, like lessons on how to make healthy eating choices. It’ll also be rewarding as you have a hand in expanding the minds of children.

Gain the confidence you need to teach

This program helps develop your professional childcare skills as you study child behavior and acquire the teaching skills you need while completing the 120 hours of education that’s required for the CDA Credential™. Our program will help you apply what you learn to create lesson plans that will enrich learning outcomes for your students.

Start working towards the career you want. Grow your childcare skills with Ashworth College by calling an Admissions Advisor at .

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