CDA - Child Development Associate Prep Course - 120 Hours

CDA - Child Development Associate Prep Course - 120 Hours

This course meets the CDA requirements for 120 hours of training in early childhood education

About this course

What is a Child Development Associate Credential?

The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ is the most widely recognized credential in early childhood education (ECE) and is a key stepping stone on the path of career advancement in ECE. 

The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ is based on a core set of competency standards, which guide early care professionals as they work toward becoming qualified teachers of young children. The Council works to ensure that the nationally-transferable CDA is a credible and valid credential, recognized by the profession as a vital part of professional development.

CDAs have knowledge of how to put the CDA Competency Standards into practice and understanding of why those standards help children move with success from one developmental stage to another. Put simply, CDAs know how to nurture the emotional, physical, intellectual, and social development of children.

Earning the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ has many advantages, including exposure to the larger community of early childhood educators. Over 400,000 educators have received their CDA to date!

Becoming a CDA is a big commitment, but one that creates confident practitioners with command of today’s best practices for teaching young children.

Benefits of The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™

  • Advance your career
  • Meet job requirements
  • Reinforce your commitment to early childhood education
  • Provide parents with peace of mind
  • Understand developmentally appropriate practice
  • Increase your confidence

Click here to see the entire CDA process, and where this course fits in to it: STEP ONE

This is a Self-Paced Online Course     This course is entirely driven by you! All 120 hours of the required training are right here. Work at your own pace, in your own time, in the comfort of your own home. This course meets the STEP ONE 120-hour training requirement for the CDA Credential, as described in the flyer you can download above.

Support Sessions included (2 hours each)    Need some face-to-face help? You get five free Support Sessions with us!  Get expert help, ask questions, and meet other CDA Students. During these sessions, we will also help you build your Professional Portfolio, and when the time comes, assist you with the CDA Application paperwork. Sessions are scheduled monthly (one Saturday per month) in:

Renton, WA | Seattle, WA | Edmonds, WA 

If you live far away, we’ll be happy to set up Skype or phone Support Sessions with you!    To get a copy of the Support Session Schedule, please check out our website: www.bloomlearning.com. 

WA STARS Annual Hours included  If you live in WA State, 20 Hours of STARS is included, so you won’t need to take extra training this year! You will also be able to apply for $250 reimbursement from the DEL. We’ll help you do thisJ

IMPORTANT:

This course includes activities you must complete away from the computer. You will need the ability to:

Please be sure you are able to do this before purchasing this course!

If you have any questions prior to purchasing, please give us a call at (425)361-7992 (Monday - Friday 8:00am - 4:00pm PST)

Refund Policy:

  • All course purchases are final.
  • We do not provide refunds for unfinished courses.
  • If you purchased this course by accident, and have not started ANY of the coursework, please email us within 12 hours of purchase to discuss your options.

Curriculum

  • Planning A Healthy & Safe Learning Environment (10 Hours)
  • Bye Bye Germs!
  • Bye Bye Germs!
  • Bye Bye Germs! Q&A
  • Your Health & Safety Practices
  • Overview
  • Hand Washing
  • Diaper Changing
  • Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Safety Procedures & Accident Prevention
  • Health & Safety In The Classroom
  • Classroom Considerations
  • Food Safety
  • Handling Food Safely
  • Understanding The Principles of Child Development & Learning (20 Hours)
  • How The Brain Functions And Learns
  • Brain Functions Q&A
  • Brain Development In Young Children
  • The Brain & Multi-Sensory Experiences
  • Serve and Return
  • Introduction to Serve & Return
  • Experiences Build Brain Architecture
  • Serve & Return In Action
  • The Brain-Body Link
  • Multi-Sensory Learning Experiences
  • Child Development Research
  • John Dewey (1859 – 1952)
  • John Dewey - A Video
  • Dewey - Q & A
  • Maria Montessori (1870 - 1952)
  • Maria Montessori - A Video
  • Montessori - Q & A
  • Erik Erikson (1902 - 1994)
  • Erik Erikson - A Video
  • Erikson - Q & A
  • Jean Piaget (1896 – 1980)
  • Jean Piaget - A Video
  • Piaget - Q & A
  • Lev Vygotsky (1896 - 1934)
  • Lev Vygotsky - A Video
  • Vygotsky - Q & A
  • Whole Child Development
  • Developmental Milestones
  • Advancing Children’s Physical Development (10 Hours)
  • How Children's Bodies Grow
  • Types of Movement
  • Physical Development In Your Lesson Plan
  • Alternate Activity
  • Classroom In Action
  • Advancing Children’s Intellectual Development (10 Hours)
  • Intellectual or Cognitive Development
  • The Ages & Stages of Cognitive Development
  • Cognitive Development In Your Lesson Plan
  • Alternate Activity
  • Classroom In Action
  • The Ages & Stages of Language Development
  • Emergent Literacy
  • Promoting Language Development
  • Supporting Children’s Social and Emotional Development (20 Hours)
  • Emotional Skills Development
  • Case Study of Two Children
  • Social Development in Young Children
  • Identifying Developmental Milestones
  • Social & Emotional Development Opportunities In The Classroom
  • Direct Positive Guidance of Young Children
  • Direct Positive Guidance Strategies
  • DPG - Strategy #2
  • DPG Strategy #3
  • Consistent Consequences
  • In The Classroom
  • DPG - Strategy #4
  • Reactive Strategies
  • Logical Consequences
  • Making Amends
  • Think About It!
  • Redirection
  • Back To The Biography
  • Observing & Recording Children’s Behavior (20 Hours)
  • Assessment of Learning & Development
  • What Are We Observing & Assessing?
  • Observation and Assessment In the Classroom
  • Observations In Action
  • Assessment In Action
  • Evidence of Children’s Learning & Development
  • Building Meaningful Portfolios
  • What's In Your Portfolios?
  • Establishing Effective & Productive Relationships With Families (10 Hours)
  • The Anatomy of the Parent
  • Talking To Parents
  • Verbal & Non-Verbal Communication
  • The Sandwich Approach
  • Family Delightment
  • From the Usual to the Remarkable
  • Communicating with Families Across Cultures
  • What's Going On In Your World?
  • What Does Normal Look Like To You?
  • Crossing The Communication Divide
  • Managing an Effective Program Operation (10 Hours)
  • Managing The Preschool Classroom
  • Discovering Areas of Opportunity I
  • Discovering Areas of Opportunity II
  • Making It Happen!
  • Effective Program Management
  • Licensing Regulations and Quality Standards
  • Maintaining A Commitment to Professionalism (10 Hours)
  • Introduction to Professionalism
  • You, As A Professional!
  • Gaining A Broader Perspective
  • Professional Resources, Organizations, and Associations
  • The End
  • Congratulations!

About this course

What is a Child Development Associate Credential?

The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ is the most widely recognized credential in early childhood education (ECE) and is a key stepping stone on the path of career advancement in ECE. 

The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ is based on a core set of competency standards, which guide early care professionals as they work toward becoming qualified teachers of young children. The Council works to ensure that the nationally-transferable CDA is a credible and valid credential, recognized by the profession as a vital part of professional development.

CDAs have knowledge of how to put the CDA Competency Standards into practice and understanding of why those standards help children move with success from one developmental stage to another. Put simply, CDAs know how to nurture the emotional, physical, intellectual, and social development of children.

Earning the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ has many advantages, including exposure to the larger community of early childhood educators. Over 400,000 educators have received their CDA to date!

Becoming a CDA is a big commitment, but one that creates confident practitioners with command of today’s best practices for teaching young children.

Benefits of The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™

  • Advance your career
  • Meet job requirements
  • Reinforce your commitment to early childhood education
  • Provide parents with peace of mind
  • Understand developmentally appropriate practice
  • Increase your confidence

Click here to see the entire CDA process, and where this course fits in to it: STEP ONE

This is a Self-Paced Online Course     This course is entirely driven by you! All 120 hours of the required training are right here. Work at your own pace, in your own time, in the comfort of your own home. This course meets the STEP ONE 120-hour training requirement for the CDA Credential, as described in the flyer you can download above.

Support Sessions included (2 hours each)    Need some face-to-face help? You get five free Support Sessions with us!  Get expert help, ask questions, and meet other CDA Students. During these sessions, we will also help you build your Professional Portfolio, and when the time comes, assist you with the CDA Application paperwork. Sessions are scheduled monthly (one Saturday per month) in:

Renton, WA | Seattle, WA | Edmonds, WA 

If you live far away, we’ll be happy to set up Skype or phone Support Sessions with you!    To get a copy of the Support Session Schedule, please check out our website: www.bloomlearning.com. 

WA STARS Annual Hours included  If you live in WA State, 20 Hours of STARS is included, so you won’t need to take extra training this year! You will also be able to apply for $250 reimbursement from the DEL. We’ll help you do thisJ

IMPORTANT:

This course includes activities you must complete away from the computer. You will need the ability to:

Please be sure you are able to do this before purchasing this course!

If you have any questions prior to purchasing, please give us a call at (425)361-7992 (Monday - Friday 8:00am - 4:00pm PST)

Refund Policy:

  • All course purchases are final.
  • We do not provide refunds for unfinished courses.
  • If you purchased this course by accident, and have not started ANY of the coursework, please email us within 12 hours of purchase to discuss your options.

Curriculum

  • Planning A Healthy & Safe Learning Environment (10 Hours)
  • Bye Bye Germs!
  • Bye Bye Germs!
  • Bye Bye Germs! Q&A
  • Your Health & Safety Practices
  • Overview
  • Hand Washing
  • Diaper Changing
  • Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Safety Procedures & Accident Prevention
  • Health & Safety In The Classroom
  • Classroom Considerations
  • Food Safety
  • Handling Food Safely
  • Understanding The Principles of Child Development & Learning (20 Hours)
  • How The Brain Functions And Learns
  • Brain Functions Q&A
  • Brain Development In Young Children
  • The Brain & Multi-Sensory Experiences
  • Serve and Return
  • Introduction to Serve & Return
  • Experiences Build Brain Architecture
  • Serve & Return In Action
  • The Brain-Body Link
  • Multi-Sensory Learning Experiences
  • Child Development Research
  • John Dewey (1859 – 1952)
  • John Dewey - A Video
  • Dewey - Q & A
  • Maria Montessori (1870 - 1952)
  • Maria Montessori - A Video
  • Montessori - Q & A
  • Erik Erikson (1902 - 1994)
  • Erik Erikson - A Video
  • Erikson - Q & A
  • Jean Piaget (1896 – 1980)
  • Jean Piaget - A Video
  • Piaget - Q & A
  • Lev Vygotsky (1896 - 1934)
  • Lev Vygotsky - A Video
  • Vygotsky - Q & A
  • Whole Child Development
  • Developmental Milestones
  • Advancing Children’s Physical Development (10 Hours)
  • How Children's Bodies Grow
  • Types of Movement
  • Physical Development In Your Lesson Plan
  • Alternate Activity
  • Classroom In Action
  • Advancing Children’s Intellectual Development (10 Hours)
  • Intellectual or Cognitive Development
  • The Ages & Stages of Cognitive Development
  • Cognitive Development In Your Lesson Plan
  • Alternate Activity
  • Classroom In Action
  • The Ages & Stages of Language Development
  • Emergent Literacy
  • Promoting Language Development
  • Supporting Children’s Social and Emotional Development (20 Hours)
  • Emotional Skills Development
  • Case Study of Two Children
  • Social Development in Young Children
  • Identifying Developmental Milestones
  • Social & Emotional Development Opportunities In The Classroom
  • Direct Positive Guidance of Young Children
  • Direct Positive Guidance Strategies
  • DPG - Strategy #2
  • DPG Strategy #3
  • Consistent Consequences
  • In The Classroom
  • DPG - Strategy #4
  • Reactive Strategies
  • Logical Consequences
  • Making Amends
  • Think About It!
  • Redirection
  • Back To The Biography
  • Observing & Recording Children’s Behavior (20 Hours)
  • Assessment of Learning & Development
  • What Are We Observing & Assessing?
  • Observation and Assessment In the Classroom
  • Observations In Action
  • Assessment In Action
  • Evidence of Children’s Learning & Development
  • Building Meaningful Portfolios
  • What's In Your Portfolios?
  • Establishing Effective & Productive Relationships With Families (10 Hours)
  • The Anatomy of the Parent
  • Talking To Parents
  • Verbal & Non-Verbal Communication
  • The Sandwich Approach
  • Family Delightment
  • From the Usual to the Remarkable
  • Communicating with Families Across Cultures
  • What's Going On In Your World?
  • What Does Normal Look Like To You?
  • Crossing The Communication Divide
  • Managing an Effective Program Operation (10 Hours)
  • Managing The Preschool Classroom
  • Discovering Areas of Opportunity I
  • Discovering Areas of Opportunity II
  • Making It Happen!
  • Effective Program Management
  • Licensing Regulations and Quality Standards
  • Maintaining A Commitment to Professionalism (10 Hours)
  • Introduction to Professionalism
  • You, As A Professional!
  • Gaining A Broader Perspective
  • Professional Resources, Organizations, and Associations
  • The End
  • Congratulations!