Child Care and Education

Overview of program:

This certificate program prepares students to obtain the national Child Development Associate (CDA) certification and employment as a child care worker. The courses help students learn to perform tasks in a professional child care setting.

Students who graduate from this program will receive 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.

Career information and outlook:

Child care workers keep children safe, care for their needs, and help them with their development through reading, doing crafts, or engaging in other activities. They also communicate with parents regarding their children’s progress and behavior. Child care workers often work at daycare centers, preschools, someone’s home, or even their own home.

Child care is a growing career field. Employment of child care workers is expected to grow by 14 percent from 2012 to 2022. Increases in the number of children who require child care and continued demand for preschool programs will fuel growth in the industry.*

Topics covered:

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

Program courses:

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, 2014-15 Edition, Childcare Workers, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/personal-care-and-service/childcare-workers.htm (visited October 17, 2015).