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Child Care Development Certificate

This nationally certified program allows individuals to earn a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential. To enroll in this program a student must be 16 years of age or older. Students must pass all 10 courses, complete 480 hours of professional work experience in a center-based setting with children ages 3-5 years old, and complete a professional portfolio prior to submission of materials. An invitation to take the national CDA exam is extended to those who are at least 18 years of age and who have completed all of the submission requirements.

For more information, please visit the Council for Professional Recognition.

 

Designed for early childhood educators in child care centers and schools, this program focuses on teaching concepts and skills that have immediate applications. Students identify and practice effective teaching strategies and techniques that can be used in their centers or classrooms. The courses within the certificate program meet the annual staff development requirements set forth by the New Jersey Bureau of Child Care Licensing. Upon successful completion of the program and passing the CDA credentialing exam, a student may apply to Mercer County Community College’s Early Childhood credit program and be articulated for up to six credits.

 

To earn the certificate, you must complete the following ten (10) required courses:

• Health and Safety with Young Children                                     

• Physical Development

• Cognitive Development

• Classroom Design and Program Management

• Children’s Language and Literature

• Getting Creative with Art, Music and Drama

• Helping Children Learn About Themselves and Others

• Guiding Children’s Behavior

• Working with Families

• Professionalism and Your Professional Resource File

Note: The same textbooks are used for all courses and are available at the MCCC bookstore.

Classroom Design and Program Management

A well-designed classroom and program maximizes student learning. Learn how to select and arrange classroom materials, and how to plan and implement effective schedules and routines. Get an overview of lesson and curriculum planning. Discover how to assess the individual needs of children, and how to individualize instruction to meet these needs. Gather tools for evaluating and making adjustments to the program. 1.2 CEU.

Cost: $120

NCEDU-CS013-01

January 9 - February 13

6 sessions / Tuesdays / 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Instructor: Margaret Kornberg

Cognitive Development

Learn to create an environment that invites children to develop and answer their own questions through exploration and investigation. Discover how to interact with children in ways to stimulate thinking and problem solving, while assisting in the development of early math and science skills.

1.2 CEU. Cost: $120

NCEDU-CS014-01

February 21 - March 28

6 sessions / Wednesdays / 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Instructor: Angela Dixon

Professionalism and your Professional Resource File

Child Care professionals must act responsibly and ethically. To help professionals in those endeavors, this class in invaluable in building Professional Resource File - a collection of materials which supports high-quality program procedures and developmentally appropriate practices. Receive guidance in writing competency goals and collecting the documentation necessary to create the resource file, a required component of the CDA credential. 1.2 CEU. Cost: $120

NCEDU-CS021-01

April 3 - May 8 

6 sessions / Tuesdays / 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Instructor: Margaret Kornberg

Working with Families

A young child’s first teachers are his or her family members. Families are partners in education. Learn how to build the positive relationships with families that maximize a child’s success. Discover a variety of ways to invite formal and informal family participation into your program, while also learning how to plan and participate in conferences. Also learn ways to recognize when families are under stress, and how to provide support to families in stressful times. 1.2 CEU. Cost: $120

NCEDU-CS015-01

April 4 - May 9

6 sessions / Thursdays / 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Instructor: Jeffra Nandan

Helping Children Learn about Themselves and Others

Create an environment where children increase their self-esteem by being treated as valued individuals and by meeting challenges within their range of development. Learn how to choose activities, such as completing puzzles, playing with play dough, and reading books so that each child can meet with success. 1.2 CEU. Cost: $120

NCEDU-CS016-01

April 5 - May 10

6 sessions / Thursdays / 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Instructor: Margaret Kornberg


CONTACT US:

Registration Desk: 609-570-3311

Questions: E-mail us.

Unless otherwise noted, Continuing Studies students must be 18 years of age or older.

 

REFUND POLICY: 
10 or more days before the beginning of a class: 100% refund

Less than 10 days before class start date: no refund

Credit card payments will be refunded to the credit card; cash and check payments will be refunded via a check from MCCC.

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