For the past two years Pre-K 4 SA’s Professional Learning Department has provided Child Development Associate (CDA) classes for the employees within the organization. We are very pleased to announce that for the upcoming school year Preschool CDA classes will be open for registration to individuals who work or live in the City of San Antonio.
The CDA is a nationally recognized credential administered by the Council for Professional Development. Its purpose is to expand the knowledge base, experience, and quality of early childhood educators and is meant to be a stepping stone on the path of career advancement in early childhood education.
The Professional Learning Department is offering courses to assist adult learners in obtaining the necessary coursework to apply for a Preschool CDA. Once the coursework and Professional Portfolio are complete, candidates are eligible to pay the application fee, request a Council’s Professional Development Specialist to conduct an observation, and register to take the CDA exam.
Some of the program details include:
Candidates must pay for the CDA Professional Development Specialist observation and exam (The total fee is $425, if the application is completed online).
Fees for the classes are waived.
Textbooks are available for check-out and portfolio notebooks will be provided.
Assistance with the Professional Portfolio creation, selection of a Professional Development Specialist, and CDA test registration will be offered.
Obtain current and valid Certificates of Completion in First Aid and child CPR courses on her/his own
Live or work in the City of San Antonio
Possess a high school diploma or GED
Have 480 hours of experience working with children ages 3-5 within three years of submitting a CDA application.
There are two series of classes available for Fall 2018.* Both series of classes will meet at Pre-K 4 SA’s West Education Center.
Whether an individual selects the Saturday option OR Tuesday/Thursday option, attendance at all of the classes within the chosen series is required.
The Professional Learning Department is extremely excited about the opportunity to offer CDA classes to individuals in San Antonio who work with children ages 3-5 and want to expand their knowledge and advance their careers in the early childhood education field.
* A minimum of 15 participants must register and attend in order for that series of classes to occur. Additionally, there is a maximum limit of candidates per series.