CDA Certificate Objectives

Once you graduate and meet the CDA Certificate objectives of this course, you will have fulfilled the CDA requirement for 120 hours of formal education in specific child-care competency areas. We also assist you in developing the professional portfolio necessary to apply for the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™. At graduation you will have met nearly all of the requirements for your portfolio.

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.

The curriculum encourages you to meet CDA Certificate objectives, giving you a head start toward certification. Prepare now! Call 1-800-957-5412 or enroll online today.