Pre-K 4 SA’s Public CDA Classes Continue in 2019

Pre-K 4 SA began it first two series of public Child Development Associate (CDA) classes this fall.  Both sets of classes were very well received and ended up having waiting lists of additional people wanting to attend.

 

Due to the strong interest in this program, two additional series of classes will be offered beginning in January 2019.  As with the previous classes, registration will be open to individuals who work or live in the City of San Antonio.

 

Pre-K 4 SA’s Professional Learning department will provide the classes that fulfill the requirement of 120 hours of early childhood education training for the Preschool CDA.  Additionally, support will be offered with the development of the required portfolio, test preparation, and observation visit. 

 

Once the coursework and Professional Portfolio are complete, the candidate will be eligible to pay the application fee, request a Council’s Professional Development Specialist to conduct the required observation, and register to take the CDA exam.  

 

Some additional program details:

  • 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.

 

Candidates must:

  • 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

  • Work in a professional capacity with children ages 3-5 while enrolled in the course

  • Have 480 hours of experience working with children ages 3-5 within three years of submitting a CDA application

 

Both series of classes will meet at Pre-K 4 SA’s East Center located at 5230 Eisenhauer.

  • The first series of classes will meet on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 7:00 AM to 9:30 AM* (For details regarding the class meeting dates or to register for the Tuesday and Thursday morning series of classes, go to https://bit.ly/2zDcfeZ)

  • The second series of classes will be on select Saturdays from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM and select Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM* (For details regarding these class meeting dates or to register for this  series of classes, go to https://bit.ly/2R8ahK7)

 

Whether an individual selects the first or second option, attendance at all of the classes within the chosen series is required. 

 

 

 * A minimum of 15 participants must register and attend in order for that series of classes to occur.   

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