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If you are currently working with young children and want to improve your skills as a teacher and care provider as well as move up the Career Lattice while continuing to work, then this program is for you. Choose BTC’s Child Development fully online program to jump start your career in early care and education. The three CDA Essentials courses count as the 120 hours of formal education required before taking the assessment for CDA credentialing. Coursework supports the development of your CDA portfolio and prepares you for the CDA assessment.
The CDA Credential is the most widely recognized and portable credential in early childhood education (ECE) and is a stepping stone on the path of career advancement in ECE. The three CDA Essentials courses are recognized at colleges in Washington and throughout the county, usually transferring in as 10-12 credits in Early Childhood Education programs of study.
A challenging career in a growing field—what more could you ask for? Choose BTC’s Child Development program to begin or move forward in your early childhood career working in a child care center, family home child care, Head Start or ECEAP, or as a nanny or an au pair.
Employers such as child care centers, preschools, and individual families hire our highly prepared graduates to fill a growing need for workers in the industry. If you enjoy working with children and their families, you should check out the Child Development Associates (CDA) Essentials program.
Child care providers are in demand. They work in a variety of settings from in the home to public and private settings.
|ECED 120||CDA Essentials 1: Intro to ECE/Hlth, Safety, Nutrition||4 credits|
This course is one of the three courses that provide the essential coursework for the nationally recognized Child Development Associate (CDA). Topics to be covered in course one include safe and healthy environments, ways children grow, and an introduction to early childhood. Fieldwork is required in addition to coursework.
|ECED 121||CDA Essentials 2: Child Dev./Learning Environments||4 credits|
This course is one of three courses that provide the essential coursework for the nationally recognized Child Development Associate (CDA). Topics to be covered in course two include children's social and emotional development; physical and intellectual competence; and curriculum development. Fieldwork is required in addition to coursework.
|ECED 122||CDA Essentials 3: Working with Families/Professionalism||4 credits|
This course is one of the three courses that provide the essential coursework for the nationally recognized Child Development Associate (CDA). Topics to be covered in course three include family relationships; early childhood professionalism; and curriculum and portfolio development.
It is best for students to begin the Program by registering for ECED 120— CDA Essentials: Intro to ECE/Health, Safety & Nutrition fall quarter. However, students can begin the courses winter quarter or spring quarter as well.