FLINT — The Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children (MAEYC), Great Start to Quality Resource Centers, and Mott Community College (MCC) are bringing high quality Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ training to a community-based setting in an effort to meet the needs of busy homebased child care providers.
The credential training, offered entirely online, will enable students to take ECED-103 and ECED-110 in the Winter 2018 semester, followed by ECED-200 and ECED-201 in the Spring semester, and then finish with ECED-299 in the Summer semester. These five classes meet the training criteria and prepare them to take the CDA exam and build the required portfolio. The CDA credential is granted by the Council for Professional Recognition.
“This is a great opportunity for local early childhood education care providers to gain professional credentials,” said Mary Cusack, Dean of the Fine Arts and Social Sciences division at MCC. “Mott College is very pleased to partner with the MIAEYC and Great Start to Quality Resource Centers to offer this credential through online education, to help fit our students’ busy schedules,” she added.
“We are also excited that Michigan T.E.A.C.H. is providing scholarships for qualified candidates, and is specifically targeting licensed home child care providers for these scholarships,” said Cusack, noting that scholarships for all qualifying providers are available and there is a bonus for completion of the courses.
Students will benefit from faceto face and online work supported and facilitated by Mott Community College, while they earn 120 training hours needed to apply for the CDA credential over two semesters. Concurrently, they will earn ten college credits that may be applied toward an associate degree.
The CDA Credential is the most widely recognized credential in early childhood education, and is a key steppingstone on the path of career advancement in early childhood education professionals, according to the Council for Professional Recognition.
The CDA Credential is based on a core set of competency standards, which guide early care professionals as they work toward becoming qualified teachers of young children. The Council works to ensure that the nationally-transferable CDA is a credible and valid credential, recognized by the profession as a vital part of professional development.
CDAs have knowledge of how to put the CDA Competency Standards into practice and understanding of why those standards help children move with success from one developmental stage to another. Put simply, CDAs know how to nurture the emotional, physical, intellectual, and social development of children.
Partners in the credential program at MCC include Mott Community College, Great Start to Quality, T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood-A program of the Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children, Michigan Department of Education.
For more information or to enroll in the CDA Credential program at MCC, contact Katie Kiacz, Academic Success Specialist in Counseling and Student Development, at 810-762- 0423 or firstname.lastname@example.org. – G.G.