Decisions are hard. Especially big decisions like going to school. You might start to feel a little bit like everyone’s favorite red-shirted, honey-loving bear from the Hundred Acre Woods as you sit and think, think, think about your decision. If you've been thinking about enrolling in Ashworth College's Child Development Associate (CDA) certificate program, we’re here to help you figure out if now is the right time for you to start. Let’s kick it off with this mini-list of signs you're ready to enroll.
You know a job educating wee ones is more than playing with kids all day (and you’ll keep reminding those annoying people who keep telling you otherwise)! Early childhood education (ECE) is about shaping little minds to give them a foundation for growing, socializing, learning, and working. It takes a big heart to do that. And, now it also takes knowing the latest information about the field. New research is coming out all the time about the importance of ECE, and the best strategies teachers can use to set kids up for a bright future. Enrolling in our CDA certificate will help you learn these essential techniques to make you an even better teacher for those little nuggets.
To say your life is busy is probably the understatement of the year, right? You’re in a classroom all day, teaching and caring for your students. Then your nights and weekends are taken up by cleaning, curriculum planning, etc. All that doesn’t even factor things you have to do outside of your job! You might be waiting for a time when things slow down to start your program. But let’s get real. Your schedule won’t change unless you change it. How important is your weekly book club (you know the one where you just drink wine and don’t read the book)? Can someone else drop the kids off at school? Finding room in a busy schedule can be hard, but it is possible by really thinking about what you want in life. The good news is at Ashworth College you can finish your program in as little as four months, so any sacrifices you make are short-term. Plus, since classes are online they’re easier to fit into your schedule because you can study when it works best for you!
Paying for school is something a lot of people worry about. We’re guessing that it’s on your mind too. After all, in addition to living expenses, other bills, and groceries, you’re probably throwing a little money toward your classroom to get new project supplies and materials for whatever fun thing you’re planning for your students. That’s why making a budget is a must before deciding to enroll in a certificate. If you’re new to making a budget, check out our Making a Budget Checklist. Already have one? Add a line for tuition to see if you can afford college now or if you need to wait and save for a few months first. As you look at your budget, remember here at Ashworth we work with you to offer tuition payment options so you can find the right fit for your financial situation.
Face it, you love teaching those kiddos, but you also love to learn. You wouldn’t be in this career if you didn’t because those little rugrats are always surprising you and teaching you something new. So, why not embrace your love of learning and enroll in a certificate program? You’ll gain confidence, competence, and a whole lot of knowledge that will help you be a better you every day.
An online Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education is designed for aspiring educators who want to develop a career focused on teaching children age 4 and younger. Though you may have stayed at home with a sitter or guardian, or attended a loosely-programmed preschool or play group at that age, it’s now the 2010s and expectations for life pre-K now include structured education by teachers who have earned degrees specifically for this field.
If you have a heart for little kids and patience to boot, consider earning your online Associate Degree and preparing for a job as a preschool teacher! The main goal of preschool is for toddlers to gain language, motor, and social skills while having lots and lots of fun.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the need for preschool teachers is projected to increase 10% between 2016 and 2026.* That’s a faster-than-average growth projection for all occupations during the same time period. Since the typical requirement for launching a career as a preschool teacher is the completion of an Associate Degree, that leaves plenty of time to get started, graduate, and secure a position in this growing field.
Positions for preschool teachers are available through Head Start programs, private early childhood education centers, churches and faith-based schools, as well as through tutoring, nannying, and at-home childcare services.
As more school systems throughout the U.S. enroll first-generation citizens from non-English-speaking homes, there’s a growing need for trained teachers who can help the youngest of students learn English. Becoming a preschool teacher who works with English Language Learners (ELLs) is a unique way to apply your passion for ECE to a demographic of children who can greatly benefit from your language skills.
If private childcare and teaching is more your style—and you have a sense of adventure—use your ECE degree to become an au pair for a family outside the U.S., or nanny for a foreign family that’s recently moved to the U.S. In both situations, your training will bolster the children’s English-speaking skills and you’ll gain a world of knowledge about another culture.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Preschool Teachers, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/preschool-teachers.htm (visited October 31, 2018).
Look at you! You got swole and you loved it so much you’ve decided to help others get swole. What’s your next step? Professional certification! You already look the part of a legit personal trainer and that’s excellent for marketing your skills. But it’s a professional certification that really shows your potential clients that you’re qualified to train them. In other words, it gives them permission to trust you right from the start.
Don’t worry, training your brain for certification won’t take as long as training your body into the best physical shape of your life. You also don’t have to go anywhere to get it done; you can learn everything you need to know with online personal training courses at Ashworth College. Our Personal Trainer Career Diploma program can be completed in as few as four months and you can study at your own pace.
The program curriculum aligns with the standards set by the National Council on Strength and Fitness and helps prep you specifically for their Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) certification exam. Because of the NCSF mission to promote high levels of professional competency, ethics, and safety, their CPTs are considered highly-reputable industry wide.
There are nearly a dozen well-known certification programs available for aspiring personal trainers. They feature a range of costs, time commitments, and reputation levels. Here are some reasons why Ashworth College chose to base our program on the NCSF-CPT exam:
By the way, when you enroll in the Personal Trainer Career Diploma program at Ashworth College, you’ll also have the cost of the NCSF-CPT exam, practice test, study guides, and a 1-year membership covered by tuition! Once you graduate, you’ll be ready to sit for your exam without jumping through hoops. We’ll help you get prepped and get done so you can start pursuing your passion for personal training with confidence.
If your job no longer excites you as much as it once did, you may need to consider changing careers. It seems like an intimidating idea at first, but no matter where you are in your work life, making a career change could be the solution that leads to a happier, more successful you.
Before you can find success tackling something new, you have to understand what you’re leaving behind. Acknowledging that you are not happy with your current job–and figuring out why–is the first step to making a career change. Many people who are unhappy at work fall into one of these categories:
Feelings of discontent are extremely common when it comes to the working life and nearly everyone feels them to some degree at one time or another. But if you’re feeling unhappy at work more often than not, for your own health and well-being, you need to be proactive about making a change on your own terms.
Step one of finding a new path is homing in on what exactly you want to change and why. Write down your "wants" and your "don’t wants” about work. You’re not signing any dotted lines here, you’re just making notes for your own personal reference. Put everything on the table no matter how selfish or outrageous it seems because drawing hard lines between what you want and don’t want makes every step towards a new career much more likely to result in success.
If you need some guidance thinking through your feelings about your work, take this quick quiz to find out what kind of a career change might best suit your needs. You may benefit from a little tweak or you may be inspired to tackle something totally new.
One you figure out what kind of career change will inspire you, you can start taking steps toward it. In some cases, you may just need to ask the boss for a new opportunity or project that will challenge you without taking you too far from your current role. That could require a refresh of your skills, or a few steps into a new subject area. Earning a career-specific certification can be a smart investment here. You can expand your opportunities at work by digging deeper into a creative skill, business skill, trade, or something totally new.
If you’ve determined you need to make a drastic career change, you may need to start a new degree, or finish one you didn’t complete. Don’t worry! Returning to college is not as scary as it seems. The right school can be affordable and flexible to fit into your already busy schedule.
Check out the opportunities here at Ashworth College. We provide online diploma, degree, certificate and career training programs that give you freedom and flexibility to pursue additional education on your time, from your own home, and without the need for Federal student loans. You may find yourself in that dream career a lot faster than you thought possible.