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Baker College of Muskegon Launches CDA Prep Program for Preschool Educators

July 15, 2014

Evening classes allow students to keep ‘day jobs’

MUSKEGON, Mich. – Baker College of Muskegon 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 Liz Garman, M.A., Baker College of Muskegon program director of early childhood education (ECE). “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.” Preschool educators prepare for the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential assessment process.

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.

Garman 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.

For more information, contact Kathy Jacobson in the admissions office at 231.777.5200 or Kathy.Jacobson@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.

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.

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  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?

    To access your transcripts, log into the SOLAR System, select the Star System and select the Academic Office. Once there, click on the transcripts link.

  • Is Baker accredited?

    Yes. Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org.

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in: 

    • Business Administration
    • Early Childhood Learning
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • School of Nursing

    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages. 

  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?


    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:

    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips

     

  • Is Baker College Online accredited?

    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan.

    As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education.

    All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:

  • How do online classes work?


    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.

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Baker College of Muskegon Launches CDA Prep Program for Preschool Educators

July 15, 2014

Evening classes allow students to keep ‘day jobs’

MUSKEGON, Mich. – Baker College of Muskegon 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 Liz Garman, M.A., Baker College of Muskegon program director of early childhood education (ECE). “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.” Preschool educators prepare for the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential assessment process.

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.

Garman 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.

For more information, contact Kathy Jacobson in the admissions office at 231.777.5200 or Kathy.Jacobson@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.

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.

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  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?

    To access your transcripts, log into the SOLAR System, select the Star System and select the Academic Office. Once there, click on the transcripts link.

  • Is Baker accredited?

    Yes. Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org.

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in: 

    • Business Administration
    • Early Childhood Learning
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • School of Nursing

    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages. 

  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?


    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:

    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips

     

  • Is Baker College Online accredited?

    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan.

    As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education.

    All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:

  • How do online classes work?


    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.

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