CDA Virtual Classroom - Unit 2 (15 hours)

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Unit 2 - CDA Training Online

North Carolina CDA Credential


Our CDA program takes a holistic approach to the development of young children, from birth to the age of eight. Providing a quality education to future generations requires more than a love of children. Through the CDA Virtual Classroom, you will be introduced to academic concepts that include child growth and development, nutrition, child behavior, and curriculum, while developing the leadership skills that can make you invaluable in the field of early childhood education.
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Unit 2 - CDA Training Online

This Unit is designed to teach participants how to plan developmentally-appropriate activities for a group of children based on their ages and individual needs and describe the role of caregivers in guiding and directing the child’s learning process both indoors and out. 

Unit 2 CDA: Advancing Children's Physical and Intellectual Development (15 hour)    
  • Infant/Toddler
  • Preschool
  • Family Child Care (Mixed-Age)

Washington STARS credit:    
  • Curriculum and Learning Environment (12 hours)
  • Child Growth & Development (3 hours)

Unit 2 Agenda
  1. Introduction
  2. Unit 2 Description
  3. Unit 2 Agenda
Review Course Requirements

  1. Playdough: Building, Squishing, and Mixing (2 hours)
  2. Engaging Young Children in STEM (2 hours)
  3. It's a Numbers Game: Math for Young Children (3 hours)
  4. Little Explorers: Keeping Science Simple (3 hours)
  5. Movers and Shakers, It's all about the Music (2 hours)
  6. Fostering Literacy in the Growing Child (3 hours)

Professional Portfolio Items
  1. RC I-3 Weekly Lesson Plans
  2. RC II-1 Science/Sensory
  3. RC II-2 Language and Literacy
  4. RC II-3 Creative Arts
  5. RC II-4 Fine Motor (Indoor Activity)
  6. RC II-5 Gross Motor (Outdoor Activity)
  7. RC II-9 Mathematics
  8. RC II Music and Movement
  9. Competency Statement #2

Wrapping it Up
  1. Unit 2 Review
  2. Evaluation Form

State Annual Training Approvals
This training may, or may not, meet annual training requirements in your state. Please provide us with your state, and any State registry ID number, and if we are able to record your completed training with your state, we will. In some cases, for annual state credit, you will need to submit the certificate to the appropriate registry and they may or may not award annual credit. The training is approved for the National CDA Credential regardless of whether annual continuing education credit is awarded. ​ 
Providing a State Registry number to us does not guarantee that your state will approve the training for annual continuing education credit. ​​​

CDA Credential Process Review

  • The CDA credentialing program is administered by the CDA Council at the Council for Professional Recognition, a non-profit organization whose mission is to “promote improved performance and recognition of professionals in the early childhood education of children ages birth to 5 years old.”
  • In addition to the 120 hours of training, you will need to put together a Professional Portfolio. The directions for the Portfolio are provided in the Competency Standards book that you order from the CDA Council. You will also need to have 480 hours of work experience within the three years prior to submitting the application to the CDA Council. Once you submit the application to the CDA Council, they will then send you an email to schedule your observation and CDA Exam. You will then contact a PD Specialist to schedule your observation, which will be at your program where you work. And, you will schedule your CDA Exam at a Pearson Vue testing center in your area. Once you have completed all of those steps, then the CDA Credential is awarded or denied by the CDA Council. For more information about the CDA Credential process go to  ​​​​​​​​