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Child development course curriculum

The child development course curriculum develops your professional child care competency in alignment with Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ requirements. In this course, you will study child behavior and acquire teaching skills while completing the 120 hours of formal education required for a CDA CredentialTM.

Lesson Group 1: Orientation: Ashworth College Career Program

Learning at Ashworth  

The goals and values of Ashworth College; time management; creating a realistic weekly and monthly study schedule; the nature and purpose of assessments; how to study effectively to prepare for and take an online examination; developing the skill sets necessary for success in the twenty-first century.

Introduction to Early Childhood Education 

The purpose of this lesson is to provide information on why quality early childhood experiences are invaluable and introduce the student to the variety of childcare positions available.

Lesson Group 2: Teaching Essentials

Foundations of Teaching  

The purpose of this lesson is to present and describe the foundations of early care and education of children, from birth to eight years of age.

Understanding and Guiding Behavior  

The purpose of this lesson is to present different reasons for the way that children behave and to explore different methods for guiding and influencing children's behavior.

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Program Description

The Child Development Associate (CDA) Certificate program provides students with the knowledge needed to start or further their careers in the education field. Each lesson in this CDA Certificate program aligns with the professional child care competency areas required for the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™. Lessons show students how to understand a child's development process, recognize similarities and differences in young children, handle issues related to child behavior, create a safe and effective classroom environment, and plan age-appropriate learning activities.

Program Objectives

After completing the Child Development Associate Certificate program, students will be able to:

  1. Recognize the many roles of a teacher and describe the tools they use to enhance teaching skills.
  2. Summarize the role of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and outline the tools it makes available to early childhood professionals.
  3. Apply the essential elements to create meaningful lesson plans that will enrich the learning outcomes of every child.
  4. Describe the evolving definition of family and explain the impact on the classroom.
  5. Identify the requirements necessary to obtain the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ and prepare a plan to meet those requirements.

Nurturing your career path

You'll gain job skills from every lesson in the Child Development Associate Career Certificate course and prep for your job search at the same time. The online tools available through the Ashworth EDGE are integrated into your studies so you'll be ready to deliver a polished presentation of your qualifications to potential employers as soon as you graduate. You'll also be able to revisit the Ashworth EDGE whenever you need to after you've earned your certificate. Learn more about it at the Ashworth College Career Services page.

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