Child Care + High School Diploma

In the Child Care and Education Certificate, you can prepare to obtain the Child Development Associate (CDA) certification and employment as a childcare worker. The high school program includes a 4-course career certificate so you graduate with real-world skills to advance in your chosen field.


Prepare for Industry Credentials

Students who graduate from this program will 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 for the following educator pathways:*

  • Center-Based Preschool (3–5 years old)
  • Family Child Care 

What Will I Learn?

Topics include: 

  • Observing and recording the progress/behavior of children

  • Advancement of physical and intellectual development

  • Enhancement of social and emotional development

  • Positive relationships with families

  • Commitment to professionalism

  • Effective program operation

  • Safe and healthy environments for children and childcare workers

  • General professional skills


*Does not count toward the Center-Based Infant-Toddler educator pathway (working with children birth to 36 months). For details, visit