Child Development Associate (CDA)
The Education Department offers courses to prepare students for a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential. The CDA credential is awarded by The Council for Professional Recognition to competent caregivers and home visitors who have demonstrated their ability to meet the CDA Competency Goals through their work in center-based home visitor, or family child care programs. Upon completion of the CDA courses, students are eligible to apply for the CDA credential from The Council for Professional Recognition [http://www.cdacouncil.org].
Complete 11 credit hours; all courses listed.
Designed for students enrolled in the early childhood associate degree program. Students complete a total of sixty hours of guided learning and experiential training relative to childcare and learning environments.Prerequisites: ED 124,ED 213.
This course provides an up-to-date comprehensive overview of the field of early childhood and early childhood special education. Pre-service teachers will be introduced to the historic foundations of both fields, discuss disabilities including definitions and intervention strategies, apply developmentally appropriate practices, analyze programs and practices, with an emphasis on the young child and forces/factors that influence learning during the early years of life.
Introduces study of the life-span development—an exploration of the biological, social and psychological changes that occur from the beginning of life to its end. Observation of children and adults is utilized.
This course provides the information and skills early childhood educators need to become nurturing, self-directed, competent teachers. These professionals will learn how to relate well to children and adults, organize an environment and design learning experiences which contribute to the social, emotional, physical, and intellectual development of young children. The course provides various methodologies, diagnostic tools, and intervention strategies used with young children with and without developmental delays and disabilities. Emphasis will be given to guided observations and evaluation of all young children,including the development of individualized programs for children with development delays/disabilities. Prerequisite:ED124
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