Child Development Associate

Child Development Associate

This certificate program in Childcare and Education will allow you to earn your national Child Development Associate (CDA) certification, while working at your own pace in a flexible, self-directed online learning environment.

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Child Development Associate Training

If you like working with children, a career as a childcare professional might be right for you. This certificate program in Childcare and Education will allow you to earn your national Child Development Associate (CDA) certification, while working at your own pace in a flexible, self-directed online learning environment.

Through this convenient, affordable program, designed especially for working adult students, you will earn the 120 hours of professional development required by the Council of Professional Recognition for CDA certification. The program is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and you’ll benefit from the support of a committed, knowledgeable instructor. You can start the program at any time of the year. Do not let a busy schedule keep you from your career in childcare!

Note: The CDA Credential is not provided with this program.  This program provides students with the education requirements needed to obtain their credential. Please click here to see the full list of CDA requirements.

Externship Hours:

An externship is not included with the program, students will need to set up the hands-on training with a local agency. You will need 480 hours of working with children in order to apply for a CDA.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this program, you will complete 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.

Program Outline:

Child Care & Education Courses – 12 CEUs

  • Childcare & Education I
    • Sem. 1: Business Aspects of Child Care Facilities
    • Sem. 2: Personnel Techniques and Procedures
  • Childcare & Education II
    • Sem. 1: Establishing positive relationships with parents and families
    • Sem. 2: Providing a safe and secure child care environment
  • Childcare & Education III
    • Sem. 1: Development stages for infants, toddlers, and pre-school age children
    • Sem. 2: Effective techniques for fostering positive self esteem
  • Childcare & Education IV
    • Sem. 1: Early childhood academic and enrichment activities
    • Sem. 2: Managing behaviors, resolving conflicts

Program Course List

Child Development Associate Training: 120 Hours
Don’t let a busy schedule keep you from your career in childcare! This affordable, self-paced, online program is designed especially for working adult students. You’ll learn at your own pace, and benefit from the support of a committed, knowledgeable instructor. You can start the program at any time of the year. Start preparing for your future now!

Note: The CDA Credential is not provided with this program. This program provides students with the education requirements needed to obtain their credential. Please click here to see the full list of CDA requirements.

Introduction to Leadership: 5 Hours
This course examines how to be a successful (that is, effective) leader. Based on D. Quinn Mills’ book, Leadership: How to Lead, How to Live, a text used at Harvard Business School, this course asks the crucial questions about leadership in today’s organizations: What is leadership and why is it important? What does effective leadership require? What is visionary leadership? What is the role of charisma? What is the difference between managing, administering, and leading?

Leaders and Work-Life Balance: 5 Hours
This course addresses the question of work-life balance, one which is of great importance to leaders in all settings. Based on D. Quinn Mills’ book, Leadership: How to Lead, How to Live, a text used at Harvard Business School, this course looks at methods and techniques to reconcile work and family. You will also consider the question of personal fulfillment and the needs and demands of leadership.

Leading and Managing Change: 5 Hours
Whether adopting new technology or adapting to a drastic shift in an organization’s core focus, managers play a fundamental role in effecting changes. Based on D. Quinn Mills’ book, Leadership: How to Lead, How to Live, a text used at Harvard Business School, this course addresses the key issues managers face in a dynamic environment. By understanding the steps in effecting change and how to overcome resistance, a manager can successfully lead change at various levels of an organization.

Leading Teams: 5 Hours
This course addresses the key issues surrounding leadership in a team. Why is it important? What does it require for a team leader to lead his team effectively? Based on D. Quinn Mills’ book, Leadership: How to Lead, How to Live, a text used at Harvard Business School, this course considers how team leaders must account for the special and unique circumstances of working in a team, where responsibility, accountability, communication, and leadership are shared.

Business Essentials: 30 Hours
This course teaches students the basic necessities of business, to help them develop core competencies they can use in the business world. The course provides a broad introduction to business, covering business principles, structure, and functions of management. The course examines the purposes and activities of organizations of various types, sizes and structures, and explores the interrelationships among functional departments. Students will also learn about different forms of ownership, management functions, styles, and processes. Learning objectives for each lesson are accomplished through a combination of theory and conceptual application within exercises. Students are given ample opportunity to practice, apply, and develop their business knowledge and skills through review questions and practical exercises. Course manual provided for on-going reference. There is a final exam upon completion of the course. Participants who receive 75% or higher on their exam will receive a certificate.

Management Fundamentals: 25 Hours
Management Fundamentals is an introductory management course that provides students with the essential tools required of today’s effective supervisors or junior managers. The course combines theoretical, how-to information, with practical applications. Students are required to draw on their own experiences, to research information, and to apply their knowledge to typical junior management situations. The course provides students with a balance of soft and hard skills. The soft skills students will develop and apply to realistic case studies include communication, problem-solving, decision-making, negotiating, planning and organizing, time management, facilitating, and coordinating. The hard skills include setting goals and objectives; preparing forecasts and budgets; using planning and organizing tools; maintaining records; drafting training and development plans, procedural checklists, and reward initiatives; and developing strategies. Course aims to assist students in learning how to handle the basic responsibilities of a managerial position.

Marketing and Sales: 30 Hours
Course introduces students to the theory and application of modern marketing concepts, principles, and techniques, and examines the importance of marketing in society as well as within a company. Learning objectives for each lesson are accomplished through a combination of theory and conceptual application within exercises. Students are given ample opportunity to practice, apply, and develop their skill set.

Business Financial Management: 40 Hours
The Business Financial Management course teaches students about the fundamentals of business financial management, and helps them to develop core competencies to understand and analyze financial information presented in typical business scenarios.

Business in the Electronic Age: 30 Hours
The Business in the Electronic Age course introduces students to the effects the Internet and other modern technological innovations have had on the global business landscape, specifically the components of ebusiness: business to business commerce, business to consumer commerce, and internal business processes. It focuses on how technology has altered the way businesses operate, with respect to communications, distribution, sales and marketing, procurement, and the management of information. In addition, students examine how organizations use the Internet and software systems to remain productive and competitive in their existing marketplaces, thereby driving technological innovation.

Business Presentation Skills: 25 Hours
The Business Presentations course is designed to introduce students to tools and techniques used to create and deliver effective presentations to many types of audiences, including managers, colleagues and existing and prospective clients. Students are given the opportunity to explore and practice these techniques throughout the course. Students gain insight into producing effective presentations at each stage of the presentation development process, i.e., planning, creating, strengthening, and delivery. Students are given the opportunity to practice, apply, and develop presentation skills through the completion of hands-on tasks and exercises found throughout each lesson.

Business Correspondence Level 1: 25 Hours
This course places emphasis on the acquisition of skills and style mechanics needed to produce personal and office correspondence. The parts of a business letter are examined in detail, as are the guidelines for organizing and writing a letter.

Human Resource Management: 30 Hours
The Human Resource Management course introduces students to the key concepts and processes of effective human resource management, and exposes them to this dynamic and diverse field. This course provides a foundation in theory and practice of techniques and activities that organizations utilize in acquiring, developing, and maintaining an effective workforce. Topics include human resources planning, recruitment and selection of staff, training and development, performance appraisal, compensation, and employee safety, security, and health. Current events, relevant legislation, and future trends are also explored. Learning objectives for each lesson are accomplished through a combination of theory and conceptual application within exercises. Students are given ample opportunity to practice, apply, and develop their human resource skills through review questions and practical exercises. Multimedia content is incorporated in this course to introduce.

Office Procedures Level 1: 30 Hours
This course teaches introductory office procedures and practices to the novice office worker. It consists of six Lessons and a Final Exam. Each Lesson is divided into Sections with related Tasks. There are questions at the end of each Lesson designed to reinforce the concepts the student has learned in the Lesson.

Office Procedures Level 2: 30 Hours
This course covers a variety of topics as it simulates an office environment and challenges students with tasks that they would typically perform. This course consists of six Lessons and a Final Exam. Each Lesson is divided into Sections with related Tasks. There are questions at the end of each Lesson designed to reinforce the concepts the student has learned in the Lesson.

COURSE MATERIAL

All materials for this program are available online.

REGISTRATION CRITERIA

Students should meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • English Proficiency

Students need to possess proficiency in reading and writing the English Language, as all of our programs are administered in English. This enables students to communicate effectively through written assignments at the end of each Module.

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

Software

  • This program can be taken on a PC or a Mac. You will need Internet access and email capability
    • For Windows users, you will need to have Windows XP, Vista, 7, or greater
    • For Mac users, you will need to have Mac OSX version 10.5 or greater
  • We highly recommend that you use the latest version of, IE, Safari, Chrome or Firefox in place of other web browsers.
    • Cookies must be enabled
    • JavaScript must be enabled
    • Pop-ups must be enabled/allowed
  • Adobe Flash Player and Adobe Acrobat Reader are required for this program.
  • Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • The latest Windows Media Player (free download available)
  • The latest Quick Time Player (free download available)
  • The latest Real Player (free download available)
  • The latest Shockwave Player (free download available)
  • The latest Java (free download available)

Hardware

  • Video card
  • Sound card
  • 512 MB RAM or greater of memory
  • 1024 x 768, 16-bit (thousands of colors) color display or better
  • Standard mouse, keyboard, speakers and sound card

Wendy Dillon

Wendy brings with her more than 25 years experience in billing, coding, medical office management and medical assisting. Her background includes positions as a clerical medical assistant, clinical medical assistant, medical records technician, medical transcriptionist, emergency medical technician, Emergency Department unit clerk, medical office manager, biller and coder. In addition to emergency medicine, she has worked in the specialties of urgent care, family practice, general practice, dermatology, otorhinolaryngology, orthopedics and audiology.

Wendy is certified by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) as a Certified Professional Coder (CPC) and by the Practice Management Institute (PMI) as a Certified Medical Office Manager (CMOM). As an office manager/biller/coder, she was a member of the Michigan Osteopathic Association of Practice Managers, Michigan Medical Group Managers, Michigan Medical Billers Association. She also served as a committee member of the Michigan Osteopathic Association of Practice Managers Education Committee and the Michigan Osteopathic Association Informatics and Technology Committee.

Instructor’s Program Schedule and Contact Information

Availability: Sun-Thursday 1PM-4PM, 7PM–10PM Central
Phone: 512-539-2741 (Voicemail Only)

Email: [email protected]

Website: https://sites.google.com/site/wendydillon360/

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Child Development Associate

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