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Online Early Childhood Credential
This certificate program is only available in English.
Setting: Birth through Age Eight, Infant-Toddler, Preschool, & Family Care settings
This CCEI CDA certificate program of study aligns to the new CDA credentialing process as established by the Council for Professional Recognition.
Working With Young Children by Judy Herr; 6th Edition; Goodheart-Willcox Publishing; ISBN – 978-1-59070-813-2; Approximate Cost: $70
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Program Description: The Online Early Childhood Credential Program offered by ChildCare Education Institute provides 180 hours of professional development for early care providers. The program is broken into 8 Instructional Units. These units focus on the Principles of Child Growth and Development, Safe, Healthy Environments, Social and Emotional Development, Motor, Language, and Cognitive Development, Principles of Assessment, Program Management, Families, and Professionalism.
This credential is designed to give a basic framework of early childhood theory and application of that theory through content based coursework, reading assignments, practical application exercises, essays and classroom observation.
CCEI's Early Childhood Credential is recognized by NAEYC to meet a part of the Alternative Pathways to Achieve Educational Qualifications for the Designated Program Administrator.
The CCEI Early Childhood Credential program gives students the opportunity to articulate college credit toward an early childhood degree with one of CCEI's college credit partners. See the CCEI Articulation Partners page for details.
Graduates of CCEI's Online Early Childhood Credential (ECC) will have met all training, portfolio, and observation requirements of the national CDA Credential and only need to complete the Council's exam at a PearsonVue testing center to finalize the CDA Credential application process.
Program Objectives: Upon satisfactorily completing the Online CCEI Early Childhood Credential program, students should be able to:
Student Assessment: Students enrolled in the Online CCEI Early Childhood Credential program are assessed using the following methods:
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Prospective students are strongly encouraged to check with their licensing representatives to determine each program's applicability toward state requirements.