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Child Development Associate

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Effective Fall 2014. Previous descriptions may have had different requirements. Have questions? See an advisor.
CDA102 The Child's Total Learning Environment Credit Hours: 1.00
Analysis of the total learning environment for children birth through age 8. Includes establishing an educational learning environment, value of a child-centered learning environment, the indoor and outdoor environment, developmentally appropriate learning centers, and play materials. Also includes the teacher's role and responsibility within the learning environment, and utilizing the community as an integral part of the child's total learning environment.
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Information: Students must have college-level reading and writing skills in order to be successful in all CDA classes.
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
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CDA103 Curriculum Planning and Schedule Development Credit Hours: 1.00
Strategies for the creation of lesson plans and schedules for use in the classroom. Includes preparation of group and individualized lesson plans and schedules based on children's abilities, planning as a cooperative effort, foundations of events and activities, balancing variety in the classroom, individual center's philosophy in the planning process, flexibility in planning, and assessment and evaluation.
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Information: All CDA courses require college-level reading and writing.
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
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CDA112 Guidance Principles for Encouraging Self-Discipline Credit Hours: 1.00
Development of guidelines for using positive discipline techniques in the classroom. Includes role modeling, social development and appropriate actions, program influences on children's behaviors and relationships, rules and limits, and difference between discipline and punishment.
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Information: Students must have college-level reading and writing skills in order to be successful in all CDA classes.
Offered: Spring.
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CDA114 Collecting, Organizing and Using Teaching Aids Credit Hours: 1.00
Survey of several different types of teaching aids used in the early care and education environment for children birth through age eight. Includes identifying what belongs in a developmentally appropriate learning environment for children, how to sort and organize teaching aids according to types, how to incorporate those teaching aids into the various curricula areas of the program and sharing with families through reciprocal relationships. Also includes various types of teaching aids such as individual children's portfolios, activity card file collection, picture and poster file, media resources, reference materials, professional literature, and community resources.
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Offered: Fall, Spring.
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CDA121 Techniques for Observing Children Credit Hours: 1.00
Development of techniques for observing, recording and interpreting behavior in children. Includes purpose of observation, observation and collecting information, observation and assessment techniques, interpreting observations, individual documentation, observation-based curriculum planning, behavioral and developmental milestones, and sharing observations and assessments professionally.
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Information: Students must have college-level reading and writing skills in order to be successful in all CDA classes.
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
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CDA126 Literature for Preschool Children Credit Hours: 2.00
Survey of materials and techniques for the selection and evaluation of children's literature. Includes the importance of literature for children, creating a developmentally appropriate environment for young readers, general categories of books, importance of pictures/illustrations and storytelling, reading aloud to children, creating a story with children and the teacher's role.
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Information: Students must have college-level reading and writing skills in order to be successful in all CDA classes.
Offered: Spring, Summer.
Course Outline This course is not offered in the current Schedule of Classes.
 
CDA138 Building Parent and Classroom Connections Credit Hours: 3.00
Analysis of the specific attitudes, philosophies and practical techniques in building relationships with families for teachers. Includes families today, overview of family involvement, benefits of and barriers to teacher family partnerships, at the beginning with parents and children, informal communications with families, parent teacher conferences, home visits, families in the classroom, community involvement, working with families from diverse backgrounds and families in particular circumstances, resolving troublesome attitudes and behaviors, and parent involvement programs that work.
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Information: Students must have college-level reading and writing skills in order to be successful in all CDA classes.
Offered: Fall, Spring.
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CDA155 Understanding How Children Learn and Develop Credit Hours: 1.00
Exploration of the cognitive learning progression of children birth through age 8. Includes introduction of various theorists, ways children learn, and the family and community influences and support toward a child's learning and the teacher's role
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Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
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CDA161 Principles of Social Competence Credit Hours: 1.00
Analysis of self-concept in children. Includes self concept/self-image, primary factors, uniqueness of each child, environment, accepting and expressing feelings appropriately, observation, expressing emotions, activities for expression of feelings, and exploration of feelings.
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Information: Students must have college-level reading and writing skills in order to be successful in all CDA classes.
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
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CDA170 Ages and Stages of Young Children: Prenatal through Toddler Credit Hours: 2.00
Examination of the developmental stages pre-birth to age three years. Includes general principles and theories of development, biological and environmental factors, conception to birth, infant developmental, toddler developmental milestones, issues in infant care, and toddler care issues.
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Information: Students must have college-level reading and writing skills in order to be successful in all CDA classes.
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
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CDA173 Ages and Stages of Young Children: The Preschool Years Credit Hours: 1.00
Examination of the developmental stages of preschool children ages 3 to 5 years. Includes general principles and theories of development, physical characteristics, pattern of motor skill development, cognitive development, socio-emotional development, developmental concerns and challenges and family involvement.
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Information: Students must have college-level reading and writing skills in order to be successful in all CDA classes.
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
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CDA211 Small and Large Muscle Development Credit Hours: 2.00
Examination of small and large muscle development and its relationship to cognitive learning. Includes overview of small/large muscle development, specific sequence, orderly process, practice, characteristics of the large and small muscle, activities and environment to promote muscle development, supervision and guidance, and observation and assessment. Also includes a variety of spontaneous and planned activities.
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Information: Students must have college-level reading and writing skills in order to be successful in all CDA classes.
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
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CDA222 Elements of Children's Culture Credit Hours: 1.00
Examination of the ways culture affects children's learning. Includes an overview of multiculturalism, cross-cultural competence, responsive learning environment, and family and community involvement.
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Information: Students must have college-level reading and writing skills in order to be successful in all CDA classes.
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
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CDA224 Learning Theories and Cognitive Development Applications Credit Hours: 2.00
Analysis of how young children grow and learn. Includes egocentrism, cognitive and memory development, concept formation and problem solving skills, and sharing resource with parents.
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Information: Students must have college-level reading and writing skills in order to be successful in all CDA classes.
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
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CDA229 Child Development Associate Assessment Preparation Credit Hours: 3.00
Strategies for completion of the CDA Assessment. Includes documentation requirements, resource file, direct assessment application form, and verification visit requirements.
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Information: Students must have college-level reading and writing skills in order to be successful in all CDA classes.
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Course Outline This course is not offered in the current Schedule of Classes.
 
CDA257 Record Keeping for the Family Child Care Provider Credit Hours: 1.00
Strategies for the development of a record keeping system to use in child care. Includes operating a small business, and organizing records. Also includes income tax forms, special tax liabilities and responsibilities, and important records to retain.
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Information: Students must have college-level reading and writing skills in order to be successful in all CDA classes.
Offered: Summer.
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CDA258 Family Child Care as a Small Business Credit Hours: 1.00
Examination of the aspects of family child care as a small business. Includes the role of the family child care provider, licensing and certification, insurance requirements, development of a business plan, and agreements between parents and providers.
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Information: Students must have college-level reading and writing skills in order to be successful in all CDA classes.
Offered: Summer.
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CDA259 Balancing Work and Family in a Family Child Care Setting Credit Hours: 1.00
Strategies for reaching a balance between work and family in the child care setting. Includes establishing an appropriate setting, planning the daily schedule, setting boundaries, keeping a balance in your own life, and communicating with parents. Also includes your role as a liaison between family, child, and parent.
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Information: Students must have college-level reading and writing skills in order to be successful in all CDA classes.
Offered: Summer.
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CDA271 Professionalism in Childcare Credit Hours: 1.00
Analysis of the history and ethics of early childhood professionals. Includes defining professionalism; examining the past, present and future; exploring professional values and ethics; continuing professional growth/education; and becoming an advocate for children and their families.
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Information: Students must have college-level reading and writing skills in order to be successful in all CDA classes.
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
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CDA273 Ages and Stages: The Middle Childhood Years Credit Hours: 1.00
Examination of the stages of growth and development during the middle childhood years (ages 6 to 8). Includes physical growth, motor development, logical thinking and language skills, and social and emotional growth. Also includes examining developmental concerns and challenges and parental involvement.
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Information: Students must have college-level reading and writing skills in order to be successful in all CDA classes.
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Course Outline This course is not offered in the current Schedule of Classes.
 
CDA275 Transitions Credit Hours: 1.00
Examination of the nature of transitions in the classroom. Includes introduction to transitions, selection of transitional activities, and transitions as part of the curriculum.
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Information: Students must have college-level reading and writing skills in order to be successful in all CDA classes.
Offered: Spring.
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CDA276 Preparing a NAEYC Classroom Portfolio Credit Hours: 3.00
Facilitation of the process of NAEYC Classroom Portfolio preparation. Includes the types of documentation that provide evidence that the classroom implementation meets the NAEYC Accreditation criteria. This is part of the NAEYC Self-Study and Self-Assessment process leading to NAEYC Accreditation.
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Information: Students must have college-level reading and writing skills in order to be successful in all CDA classes.
Offered: May not be offered this year, check class schedule.
Course Outline This course is not offered in the current Schedule of Classes.