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CDA Virtual Classroom - Unit 8 (15 hours)


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ECE Courses for the Professional Early Childhood Teacher

15 Hours of CDA Training Online   $60


(Unit 8) Understanding Principles of Child Development and Learning​​​​ ​(15 hours) ​

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Unit 8 Agenda

  1. Course Requirements
  2. CDA Process
  3. CDA Portfolio

Topic 1: The Whole Child (4 hours)
Topic 2: Theories of Child Development (2 hours)
Topic 3: Speech and Language Milestones (3 hours)
Topic 4: Executive Function (2 hours)
Topic 5: The Gifted Child (2 hours)
​Topic 6: ​Once Upon a Time: Fairy Tales in the Early Childhood Classroom (2 hours)

​Professional Beliefs 
Professional Portfolio Review
Professional Portfolio: The Resource Collection
​Professional Portfolio: Reflective Statements of Competence
CDA Credential Process Review​
Unit 8 Evaluation Form
​Wrapping it Up!

Unit 8 is designed to provide an overview of growth and development in infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. As an early childhood educator an awareness of the developmental ages and stages is important in understanding the abilities of children and forming reasonable expectations of children’s behavior and skills. Your role as an early childhood educator is to observe the child and plan activities and interactions based on their current level of development while facilitating the child’s learning to the next developmental stage.

CDA applicants must complete a full 120 hours of training for professional early childhood education. ​
This course is designed to meet the educational requirements for the National CDA Credential.  Once you complete all 8 Units, you will have the required formal education to apply for a Child Development Associate Credential.

Refer to pages 8-9 in the CDA Competency Standards Book for more information on training requirements to apply for the CDA Credential.

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