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Do you love working with kids? A career in child care could be perfect for you. This online course in childcare and education will allow you to earn your national Child Development Associate (CDA) certification and achieve your career goals as a teacher or child care professional. This convenient, affordable CDA class allows you to work at your own pace in a flexible, self-directed online learning environment—and go on to a fulfilling career shaping the minds of the future.
The Child Development Associate Training course was designed especially for working adults. Upon completion of the course, you will have earned the 120 hours of professional development required by the Council of Professional Recognition for CDA certification. The course is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Don't let a busy schedule keep you from the career of your dreams. If you're looking for CDA classes near you, look no further than the comfort of your own home. You can enroll anytime and fit the lessons into your life—no need to adhere to a set class schedule. Start preparing for your future now!
What you will learn
How you will benefit
Instructional Material Requirements:
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
Though there are no prerequisites for taking the Child Care & Education courses, however, employers in the Child Care field may require a high school diploma.
This course provides you with the education requirements needed to obtain your credential. Please click here to see the requirements to apply for the CDA.
Darlene Lawrence is an academic coach and childcare and education instructor with five years of experience. She holds a bachelor's degree in business administration and a master's degree in teaching.
Can I register for a course if I am an international student?
Yes, ed2go courses are completely online. However, keep in mind that not all certifying bodies or industry-specific certifications are recognized internationally. Please review your country's regulations prior to enrolling in courses that prepare for certification.
Does this course prepare for a certification?
Yes. After finishing this course, you will have completed a self-study CDA certificate that meets the 120 clock hours of professional development required by the Council for Professional Recognition in order to obtain the National CDA Credential.
When can I start the course?
This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.
How long does it take to complete this course?
This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive six (6) months to complete the course.
What if I don't have enough time to complete my course within the time frame provided?
The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact your Student Advisor to help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.
What kind of support will I receive?
You may be assigned with an instructor or team of industry experts for one-on-one course interaction. Your support will be available (via e-mail) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our instructors are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach. You will be assigned to an Advisor for academic support.
What happens when I complete the course?
Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.
Am I guaranteed a job?
This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.
Can I get financial assistance?
This course is non-credit, so it does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more: https://www.ed2go.com/career/financial-assistance
How can I get more information about this course?
If you have questions that are not answered on our website, representatives are available via LIVE chat. You can also call us at 1-877-221-5151 during regular business hours to have your questions promptly answered. If you are visiting us during non-business hours, please send us a question using the "Contact Us" form.
How long does it take to get a CDA certificate?
When you complete your CDA training online with ed2go, you can study at your own pace and finish the 120 hours of required coursework in six months or less. The time to complete the remaining requirements for your CDA Credential will depend on your previous work experience and how quickly you complete your application.
What can I do with a CDA in childcare?
The CDA Credential shows employers that you are a true professional, with the skills and experience needed to be successful in working with children. It is therefore useful in many different fields, including preschool and elementary school teacher, teaching assistant, nanny, and child care provider.
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