Earn your high school diploma as you prepare for Child Development Associate (CDA) certification and a career in early childhood education.
What you will learn
- Develop the basic knowledge needed to become a child care worker
- Learn the skills needed to receive your high school diploma
- Understand the fundamental subjects required to succeed in the modern job market
How you will benefit
- Earn your AdvancED/SACS accredited high school diploma
- Become eligible to apply for a variety of entry-level jobs
- Receive a self-study CDA certificate that meets the 120 clock hours of professional development required by the Council for Professional Recognition in order to obtain the National CDA credential
- Complete a career portfolio with cover letter, resume, and more to show to future employers
- This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.
- Speakers or headphones.
- PC: Windows XP or later.
- Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
- Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
- Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
- Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
- Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
- Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
Instructional Material Requirements:
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
Earn your high school diploma as you prepare for a career in the high-demand field of early childhood education. This 18-credit high school course will teach you the skills you need to get a job as a childcare worker, while preparing you to obtain a national Child Development Associate (CDA) certification. The course is offered entirely online, and you can work at your own pace. When you enroll, you are assigned an Academic Coach who will provide you with support and help you stay on track. Should you need additional academic support, you will be assigned to a qualified instructor certified in the areas of mathematics, science, language arts, or social studies, who will work directly with you.
When you complete the course, you will graduate with a high school diploma from Career Online High School. In addition, you will have a self-study CDA certificate that meets the 120 clock hours of professional development required by the Council for Professional Recognition in order to obtain the National CDA credential. The career component of this course takes an estimate of 120 hours to complete; however, the hours for the High School Diploma general education can vary based on the number of high school credits you have prior to enrollment.
Career Online High School is a division of Smart Horizons Career Online Education, a private school district that has been granted District Accreditation from the AdvancED Accreditation Commission, the national commission that confers the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI) accreditation seal. This means that the SHCOE district and all its schools are accredited, and that Smart Horizons Career Online Education is recognized across the nation as a quality school system.
AdvancED is the unified organization of the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI). AdvancED provides nationally recognized accreditation for school districts and individual schools and represents 27,000 public and private schools and districts across the United States and in 65 countries worldwide, educating 15 million students.
Students and community members can learn more about the District Accreditation Process at www.advanc-ed.org.
Smart Horizons has been approved as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), 1780 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500 McLean, VA 22102.
"Students interested in pursuing post-secondary education within their state should check with the state to understand the requirements. States may impose requirements for receiving state financial aid. For example, an online high school diploma may not be recognized by some colleges and universities within a state to receive financial aid. We recommend students check with a specific institution for any specific restrictions—this is particularly important for residents of New York and New Jersey."
- 18 High School Credits
- Child Care & Education Courses - 4 course
- Childcare & Education I
- Sem. 1: Business Aspects of Child Care Facilities (0.5 credits)
- Sem. 2: Personnel Techniques and Procedures (0.5 credits)
- Childcare & Education II
- Sem. 1: Establishing Positive Relationships with Parents and Families (0.5 credits)
- Sem. 2: Providing a Safe and Secure Child Care Environment (0.5 credits)
- Childcare & Education III
- Sem. 1: Developing Stages for Infants, Toddlers, and Preschool-Age Children (0.5 credits)
- Sem. 2: Effective Techniques for Fostering Positive Self-Esteem (0.5 credits)
- Childcare & Education IV
- Sem. 1: Early Childhood Academic and Enrichment Activities (0.5 credits)
- Sem. 2: Managing Behaviors and Resolving Conflicts (0.5 credits)
- English - 4 credits
- English I - Grammar and Composition
- Sem. 1: Introduction to Word Origins and Speech (0.5 credits)
- Sem. 2: Overview of Grammar, Punctuation and Sentence Structure (0.5 credits)
- English II - Introduction to Literature
- Sem. 1: Introduction to Figurative Language (0.5 credits)
- Sem. 2: Elements of Literature (0.5 credits)
- English III - World Literature
- Sem. 1: Introduction to Various Forms of Literature (0.5 credits)
- Sem. 2: European Literature (0.5 credits)
- English IV - American Literature
- Sem. 1: American Literature, Colonial Times to Present (0.5 credits)
- Sem. 2: American Literary Movements and Themes (0.5 credits)
- Math - 3 credits
- Math I - General Math
- Sem. 1: Number Types and Basic Math Operations (0.5 credits)
- Sem. 2: Exponents, Roots, Scientific Notation, and Use of Formular (0.5 credits)
- Math II - Consumer Math
- Sem. 1: Money Management (0.5 credits)
- Sem. 2: Asset Allocation, Employment Benefits, and Consumer Awareness (0.5 credits)
- Math III - Algebra
- Sem. 1: Introduction to Algebra (0.5 credits)
- Sem. 2: Interpreting and Translating Equations and Graphs (0.5 credits)
- Social Studies - 4 credits
- Social Studies I - World History
- Sem. 1: World History A.D. 300 through 1770 (0.5 credits)
- Sem. 2: World History 1770 through 21st Century (0.5 credits)
- Social Studies II - American History
- Sem. 1: American History through the 1920s (0.5 credits)
- Sem. 2: Great Depression, World War II, and Postwar Changes (0.5 credits)
- Social Studies III - American Government and Economics
- Sem. 1: American Government, Origins and Purposes of Government, Law, and Politics in the United States (0.5 credits)
- Sem. 2: Economics (0.5 credits)
- Social Studies IV - Health and Personal Fitness
- Sem. 1: Healthy Concepts and Behaviors (0.5 credits)
- Sem. 2: Personal Fitness Guidelines and Activities (0.5 credits)
- Science - 3 credits
- Science I - Earth and Space Science
- Sem. 1: Scientific Knowledge and Inquiry; Origin and Evolution of the Universe (0.5 credits)
- Sem. 2: Earth: Layers, Atmosphere, and Energy Systems (0.5 credits)
- Science II - Physical Science
- Sem. 1: Nature of Matter (0.5 credits)
- Sem. 2: Energy (0.5 credits)
- Science III - Biology
- Sem. 1: Cells and Human Body Systems with Evolution Lab Component (0.5 credits)
- Sem. 2: Study of Living Organisms (0.5 credits)
Karen Panerali has more than 20 years of experience in instruction, curriculum development, and academic support. Her teaching experience includes high school, college, and corporate training settings. She holds a Bachelor of Art in Journalism and a Master of Arts in liberal arts studies.
Kimberly Sher has been an academic coach for more than 13 years. Previously, she was a science instructor at the University of Miami. She holds a bachelor's degree in biology and a master's degree in chemistry education.
Yianna Pavlakos is an Academic Coach and Social Studies Academic Support Instructor with 14 years of experience. She has a Bachelor's degree in history and philosophy and a Master's degree in history.
Shauna Paedae is a Math Academic Support Instructor. She is a National Board Certified Teacher with a Master's degree in statistics, a Bachelor's degree in mathematics, and 31 years of teaching experience.