Ivy Tech State College and Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (SMWC) are collaborating in Child Care Learning to provide current and prospective child care providers an avenue for education and professional recognition of their skills. The program consists of five courses, fifteen credits, and does not require a student to become a degree-seeking student at either college. Credits transfer easily between the two institutions and may be applied to an Associates or Bachelors degree at a later time. The courses are designed for the working child care provider, and are therefore conducted over the Internet for anytime learning. A rolling enrollment will be used, which means courses start when enrollment meets a minimum number and end when the student has completed the course work, but all assignments must be done within 5 months of course start date. It is important to check with
The five course series is designed to prepare a working child care provider with the coursework necessary to apply for the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential from the Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition. The CDA credential is nationally recognized. The purpose of the CDA is to enhance the quality of child care by defining, evaluating, and recognizing the competence of child care providers and home visitors.
Financial support for the student enrolled in Child Care Learning may be available through the student's county Step Ahead/First Steps Council, from employers, or from T.E.A.C.H. It is the student's responsibility to seek financial assistance, if desired.
Recommended course sequence: Numbering protocol = Ivy Tech/SMWC
Note: The courses include the required clock-hours of specific content required to apply for the CDA credential. The final course, CHD 145 The CDA Process, requires that the student prepare a portfolio which is a requirement of the CDA application. The CDA application and associated fees are the responsibility of the student. Because the evaluation process for the CDA is individual-based, the College does not guarantee that the CDA application will be approved. The Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition may make other requirements, such as a specific number of work experience hours, which are the responsibility of the student.