CDA Fast Track

3-Day CDA Fast Track 

 

Get CDA Ready in as few as 3 Days.

We know how easy it is to get so wrapped up in doing your job – that days, weeks, months and even years go by before you even realize it.  Now – like never before – it is vitally important to plan for your career, your life, AND your future.  At NICCM and HandPrint, we are committed to helping you achieve your goals and dreams AND we have developed a FAST TRACK method to help you do this. 

Having and maintaining a National CDA is more important to the success of your career than ever before.  Now there is an option in which you can literally get CDA ready over a week-end. In addition to being available through live 3-day events, the CDA Fast Track course is also available through our innovative Distance Learning Program on DVD. 

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Course Content and Schedule

The Child Deveopment Associate (CDA) is a nationally accepted early childhood credential awarded by the Council for Professional Recognition. The CDA Fast Track course helps participants understand and meet the requirements of the Child Deveopment Associate (CDA). 

Day 1:

Class A: 8:00am -12:00pm  (4 Contact Hours/.4 CEUs)

Introduction to the CDA and the NICCM 3-Day CDA Fast Track

Unit 1:   Documenting training hours by CDA training topics
 Keys to Writing CDA Competency Statement
 CDA Competency Statement 1:  Planning a safe and healthy learning environment
 

       Unit 2:    Competency Statement 2:  Advancing children’s physical and intellectual development

 Unit 3:    Competency Statement 3:  Supporting children’s social and emotional development

Class B: 12:30pm- 5:00pm  (4 Contact Hours/.4 CEUs)  

        Unit 4:   Competency Statement 4:  Establishing positive and productive relationships with families

        Unit 5:    Competency Statement 5:  Ensuring a well-run purposeful program

        Unit 6:   Competency Statement 6:  Maintaining a commitment to professionalism

Day 2:

Class C: 12:30pm-5:30pm 

(14 Hours/1.4 CEU's will be awarded for sessions C & E upon completion of the course)

Directed       Directed Portfolio Lab:   The Directed Portfolio Lab allows for individual consultation & one-on-one time with the presenter.  Participants will work on their portfolio and meet with the presenter to discuss their statements and the documentation within their professional portfolio.

Class D: 5:30pm - 9:30pm (4 Contact Hours/.4 CEUs)

        Unit 7:    The Professional Philosophy Statement
                        Developing a professional philosophy statement
                        Summarizing your professional beliefs about early education
                         Continued individual consultations

Day 3:

Class E: 12:30pm-5:30pm

(14 Hours/1.4 CEU's will be awarded for sessions C & E upon completion of the course)

Directed       Directed Portfolio Lab:   The Directed Portfolio Lab allows for individual consultation & one-on-one time with the presenter.  Participants will work on their portfolio and meet with the presenter to discuss their statements and the documentation within their professional portfolio.

Class F:  5:30pm-9:30pm (4 Contact Hours/.4 CEUs)

        Unit 8:    CDA Practice Exam
                       Understanding the Verification Visit
                       Instructions on completing the process
                       The Application Process
                       Choosing your PD Specialist
                       Finding a Pearson Vue testing site 

 

Cost 

Registration Fees:   Entire Conference
Early Registration (30 Days in Advance)   $439.00
Regular Registration (7-29 Days in Advance)   $489.00
Late Registration (Within 7 Days of the Event)   $539.00
 
Distance Learning Program (Get the entire course on DVD)    
Distance Learning Program    $489.00
 

Other Information

The basic components to a National CDA include the following:

(These are NOT required before begining the NICCM CDA Fast Track Course)

1.  Writing a "Professional Portfolio":  The NICCM 3-Day CDA Fast Track Introduces you to the National CDA Program, helps you prepare of your Professional Portfolio including: Writing competency statements, gathering resources, and writing a Professional Philosophy statement.  

2.120 contact hours of training in specific content areas: This may have been received over your entire career.  NICCM 3-Day CDA Fast Track participants will bring all training certificates, session descriptions, college transcripts or course work that they have completed to the class. The program will include an opportunity for a one-on-one consultation with the presenter to help you structure any previous training into the correct content areas.  The instructor will also provide you with a training plan to expedite the completion of any hours that you may have a shortage in.

3.  The P.D. (Professional Development) Specialist: After you have completed the Professional Porfolio and the training hours summary, you will send your application and a fee of $425 to the Council for Professional Recognition.  You will choose a PD Specialist and arrange a site visit at your center.   The NICCM 3-Day CDA Fast Track program will prepare you for this process and provide a step-by-step foundation for your PD Specialist site visit.

4:  The Pearson Vue Exam:   The Pearson Vue Exam is the final step in the National CDA process.  This computer based exam will be an overview of the CDA standards.  The NICCM 3-Day CDA Fast Track will prepare you for this test and provide you with instructions on choosing a testing site in your area.

Additional Components Necessary:  Participants must also have a vailid high school diploma or GED and have worked or volunteered 480 hours in the early education field.  In addition, family questionnaires must be distributed and collected.  The NICCM 3-Day CDA Fast track will provide a structure for satisfying and documenting these requirements. 

 

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