Teacher Education and Childcare

Early Childhood Education is projected to be one of the top growing employment clusters in the Bergen County region. (EMSI study).

If you do not see anything listed in our current offerings or for further information, email continuinged@bergen.edu. For additional information regarding any of the education certificate and professional development programs listed below, please contact Andrea Schaffel at 201-447-8975 or aschaffel@bergen.edu.

List of Courses & Programs Currently Open for Registration:

CDA Part I

This program is designed to provide educational hours towards a nationally recognized credential for those in the early childhood profession who care for children from birth to age five. The eight required subject areas are divided into 3 courses and students follow track A or B. Courses must be taken in order. At the completion of the program you will have created a professional resource file and have prepared for the final exam, given by the credentialing office.

Upon completion of the CDA and enrollment in the Associates in Applied Sciences (AAS) Degree in Early Childhood Education at Bergen Community College, a student will be awarded nine (9) college credits in Early Childhood Education. These credits will be awarded to students who meet the admissions requirements for Bergen Community College. 

 

Child Development Associate (CDA) Extended Instruction

Child Development Associate (CDA) Certificate Program

This program is designed to provide educational hours towards a nationally recognized credential for those in the early childhood profession who care for children from birth to age five. The eight required subject areas are divided into 3 courses and students follow track A or B. Courses must be taken in order. At the completion of the program you will have created a professional resource file and have prepared for the final exam, given by the credentialing office.

For more information please contact Andrea Schaffel at (201) 493-8975 or aschaffel@bergen.edu.

Introduction to Teaching

This pre-service course is framed around two critical areas: (1) an overview of and preparation for the skills and tools needed for the teaching profession; and (2) essential attitudes and dispositions needed to maintain poise as novice teachers in diverse communities. This course is comprised of 50 hours including 30 hours of instruction, 8 hours of classroom observation, and 12 hours of clinical experience. The course will provide the participant with a “clinical” opportunity through structured observations in a school setting. In addition, 12 hours of clinical work such as tutoring or substitute teaching will offer candidates the opportunity to work with students in an authentic environment.