Wharton County Junior College is now offering a Child Development Associate (CDA) course through its continuing education department.
In addition to providing childcare workers the opportunity to earn the required 24 hours of annual training necessary to maintain their state license, the course equips them to apply for the CDA Credential™ offered by the Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition. Achieving the Council’s professional credentialing means early childhood educators and caregivers possess the skills to provide the developmental, emotional and educational needs of children ages birth to five years old.
“Taking this course is the first step for childcare givers to increase their knowledge and gain confidence in their chosen profession,” said Alice Atkins, director of the WCJC Continuing Education Department. “We teach our students developmentally appropriate activities and techniques. Having the CDA credential opens doors and sets childcare givers apart. It gives parents the assurance that their children are being cared for by well-trained professionals.”
The college’s CDA course includes 144 hours of formal childcare education in eight subject areas focusing on the cognitive, physical, emotional, and social development of a child. Students are responsible for collecting an additional 480 hours of professional experience. Upon completion of the course and the field experience hours, students may apply for the CDA Credential.
Atkins said WCJC will immediately offer the class to day care centers with a minimum of five employees. Prospective students are also encouraged to submit an application for the next class, which is anticipated to begin this spring. As this is a certification program, no college credit is awarded.
More information about the CDA course is available through the Wharton County Junior College Continuing Education Department by visiting wcjc.edu or calling 281.239.1531.