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Child Development Associate Preparation

Program Details

The Child Development Associate Preparation program available through Southeastern Technical College is a career and technical education program designed specifically to prepare students for the Child Development Associate national credential that is issued by the Council of Professional Recognition (CPR). Completing this program does not in itself lead to a degree or any sort of approved certification, but can serve as a foundation for future study or to strengthen the resumes and transcripts of students that have already completed or plan to pursue a degree program.

In order to successfully complete this program, those enrolled must earn at least 11 credits, which can typically be earned in one or two semesters, depending on the workload taken on. This total comes from four required courses that prepare students with the skills and knowledge necessary in obtaining national credential. Candidates also have to develop a professional portfolio of professional and academic experience, as it they must also submit it to the CPR.

One required course, Child Growth and Development, exposes students to factors associated with the development of young children, specifically from the prenatal stage through age 12. This includes physical, social, emotional, and cognitive issues. Students are instructed in ways of developmental guidance and are given an introduction to working with children with special needs. Another course, Health, Safety, and Nutrition, covers topics relevant to overall health and safety in a child's development, including CPR and first aid, signs of and responses to child abuse and neglect, and the overall nutritional needs of children as they develop.

Accreditation & Licensing

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Southeastern Technical College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award Associate Degrees.