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Baker College of Flint Launches CDA Prep Program for Preschool EducatorsJuly 23, 2014
Evening classes allow students to keep ‘day jobs’
FLINT, Mich. – Baker College of Flint is launching a new certificate program in the fall quarter that helps preschool educators prepare for the assessment process for the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential that is administered by the Council for Professional Recognition. The CDA Credential is becoming more often required for employment in the preschool education field.
The new Baker College program, named CDA academic foundations, is designed for educators affiliated with Head Start and Michigan’s Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP), teacher aides and some home learning providers. Classes begin Monday, Sept. 29.
Graduates of the Baker College program will have completed the Council's criteria related to educational training and a professional portfolio. The remaining criteria are satisfied by the student through professional experience in the field and passage of the CDA Credential exam given by the Council.
“Baker College’s new certificate program will guide students as they navigate the system to obtain the Council’s CDA credential,” said Beverly Schumer, Ph.D., dean of human services at Baker College of Flint. “We understand the importance of early learning and recognize the commitment individuals make to the teaching profession. This program is designed to make the most of a teaching professional’s time.”
The program consists of seven classes that can be completed in three quarters. The evening classes allow professionals who work full time during the day to pursue this program.
The ECE advisory boards at several Baker College campuses across the state identified the strong need for the new program. The advisory boards, consisting of faculty members and practicing ECE professionals, help identify industry employment trends that Baker College considers when planning curriculum. Factors that led to their recommendation to create the CDA academic foundations program were:
- Ongoing training, including the CDA Credential and associate and bachelor’s degrees, is criteria for gaining a higher rating in the Michigan Department of Education’s quality rating and improvement system.
- There is an increasing number of GSRP classrooms, which require a teacher aide to have a CDA Credential.
- There are fiscal incentives for preschool and child learning educators and some home learning providers to obtain CDA credentials.
- There is a shortage of consultants who provide the education and advice necessary to help preschool professionals obtain the CDA Credential.
Schumer and ECE program directors from other Baker College campuses developed the curriculum for the CDA academic foundations program, which will be offered this fall at Baker College campuses in Muskegon, Auburn Hills, Jackson and Flint.
Head Start is a federally funded preschool program for 3- and 4-year-olds. GSRP is a state government-funded preschool program for 4-year-olds.
For more information, contact Jodi Cuneaz in the admissions office at 810.766.4000 or Jodi.Cuneaz@baker.edu. Students may also schedule an appointment via the Baker College website: www.baker.edu. Students in the CDA academic foundations program are eligible to apply for part-time financial aid from Baker College and the Michigan T.E.A.C.H. program.
More information about the CDA Credential offered by the Council for Professional Recognition is at www.CDACouncil.org.return
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