Child Care and Education

Overview of program:

The certificate program in Child Care & Education teaches and prepares students to obtain the national Child Development Associate (CDA) certification and employment as a childcare worker.

Career outlook:

Childcare is a growing career field. Employment of childcare workers is expected to grow by 20 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Increases in the number of children who require childcare and continued demand for preschool programs will fuel growth in the industry.*

Topics include:

  • Advancement of physical and intellectual development
  • Principles of child growth and development
  • Enhancement of social and emotional development
  • Observing & recording progress/behavior of children
  • Positive relationships with families
  • Commitment to professionalism
  • Effective program operation
  • Safe and healthy environments for children and childcare workers

Career courses in program:

Please visit the Course Catalog page for Core Course listings.

What do students graduate with?

  • High School Diploma from Career Online High School
  • 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

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Childcare Workers, on the Internet at (visited June 19, 2013).