From focusing on child-centric development in both centre-based and home visiting programmes the Child Development Associate (CDA) course prepares you for jobs where you are expected to manage and guide young children. CDA is the most commonly accepted certification in early childhood education (ECE) in the United States
If you wish to be a day-care teacher or pre-school teacher, teacher assistant, child care worker or even a governess, pursuing your CDA can help you stand out.
It requires immense dedication and patience to be able to be capable mentors to young kids and direct them in the right path. This is where Atheneum Global’s CDA courses will help you prepare essential skills while developing your potential so that you are pacing towards having a rewarding career.
Examining children, their actions that help determine their physical, mental and emotional development.
Creating processes and activities that help in enhancing their growth and skills unique to them.
Interacting with parents to inform them of their child’s progress and discuss on how to better manage and guide them.
High school diploma is the mandatory requirement.
If you are an associate’s degree holder in early childhood education then CDA won’t be needed. You next step would be getting a bachelor’s degree. However, if that is not the case then go for the CDA credential certification!
Note that for you to be eligible to apply for the CDA council you have to ensure that your 120 hours of training must be documented, with no less than 10 hours in duration in each of the following areas of content:
1. Planning for a safe, healthy, learning environment.
2. Steps to advance the physical and intellectual development of children.
3. Positive ways of supporting children's social and emotional development
4. Strategies for establishing productive relationships with families.
5. Strategies for managing an effective operation of the program.
6. Maintain a commitment to professionalism.
7. Observing and recording the behavior of children.
8. The principles of children's development and learning.
Candidates seeking to apply for CDA assessment in any of the settings(preschool/ infant/ toddler) must meet the following eligibility requirements:
Be 18 years of age or older.
Hold a high school diploma.
Have 480 hours of experience working with children within the past five years.
Have 120 clock hours of formal child care education within the past five years.
Candidates applying for a Bilingual Endorsement must meet the above requirements and be able to speak, read, and write well enough in both English and another language to understand and be understood by both children and adults.
In order to maximise the reach for anyone who wishes to become a child-development professional, we priced our CDA credential course fees reasonably.
The CDA for preschool training is priced at Rs 15,500 for Indian citizens and $200 for international students.
The CDA for infant/toddler training is priced at Rs 15,500 for Indian citizens and $200 for international students.
|Child Development Associate (CDA)||Course Fee||Eligibility|
|CDA FOR PRESCHOOL TRAINING||Rs 15,500 for Indian citizens and $ 200 for international students.||High school diploma|
|CDA FOR INFANT/TODDLER TRAINING||Rs 15,500 for Indian citizens and $200 for international students||High school diploma|
The areas that the qualification will focus on are: CDA Training, and the observation and testing process.
Each form of certification focuses on six Competency Standards and 13 Functional Areas. For the application,
Candidates will be enrolling for 120 hours of formal Early Childhood Education in the appropriate age group.
Candidates will have to go through 480 hours of clinical experience in the appropriate age group.
Formal assessment by a Professional Development Specialist (PDS) accredited Council for Professional Recognition, an exposure to a computer-based CDA review and a mandatory declaration of ethical behaviour will be among the essentials.
Other procedures like the funded training programs (Head Start), four-year schools, community schools may be used to complete the training.
When the recommendation gets approved by the Commission for Professional Recognition, a PDS is expected to perform a Verification Inspection.
The PDS will perform the R.O.R. model during the Verification Visit, which will have an assessment plus an evaluation, reviewing of relevant documents that have proper evidence of first aid certification for children and children / paediatrics.
After the completion of these essentials, the CDA Council will be checking the application submitted in accordance with the results of the CDA Test and recommendations from the Professional Development Manager, and grant a CDA certification.
The CDA standards identify 8 subject areas:–
Earning a CDA certificate will boost your early childhood care career immensely. Jobs that you can pursue can be in a classroom setting, day care or home. Those with a CDA certificate may function as:-
A pre-school teaching assistant, or daycare - Assisting a pre-school teacher is as important as being the teacher yourself because you are handling the overall; progress of every child, analysing it and including activities and techniques to better educate and guide them.
A head teacher at a daycare or preschool - A certification in CDA proves that you are capable of preparing a curriculum that assists in the growth of children, thereby organizing fun events and create schedules.
A certified governess - governess take on childcare duties in families.
Special tutors - Tutors who teach kids who need extra help with basic academic foundation.
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Kindergarten teachers - As per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistic kindergarten and elementary school teachers earned a median salary of $59,420 per year as of 2019.
Preschool workers - It also found that preschool workers in the year 2019 with an associate's degree qualification earned a median salary of $30,520.
Childcare workers - They earned a median annual salary of $24,230 per year.
Nannies - As per PayScale the salaries of nannies range from $19,000 to $53,000 per year, with an average of $33,172.
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