Teacher Education and Childcare Courses

SD-005 | 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 comprises 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.
Total Program Hours: 50 hours
Prerequisites: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a cumulative 2.75 GPA (if you graduated prior to September 2016) or a 3.0 GPA (if you graduated after September 2016) or higher from a bachelor’s or master’s degree program.

Introduction to Teaching-Alternative Route


Course: Introduction to Teaching (Alternative Route)

Start Date End Date Fee
February 28th, 2022 April 18th, 2022 $295
Course Content
Introduction to Teaching (Alternative Route) - SD-005 003WB
Start Date End Date Class Schedule Time Instructor Location Credits/CEU's
Feb 28th, 2022 Apr 18th, 2022 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM Joseph Polvere Online Asynchronous 5

Course: Introduction to Teaching (Alternative Route)

Start Date End Date Fee
June 6th, 2022 July 25th, 2022 $295
Course Content
Introduction to Teaching (Alternative Route) - SD-005 004WB
Start Date End Date Class Schedule Time Instructor Location Credits/CEU's
Jun 6th, 2022 Jul 25th, 2022 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM Joseph Polvere Online Synchronous 5

Course: Introduction to Teaching (Alternative Route)

Start Date End Date Fee
October 10th, 2022 November 28th, 2022 $295
Course Content
Introduction to Teaching (Alternative Route) - SD-005 005WB
Start Date End Date Class Schedule Time Instructor Location Credits/CEU's
Oct 10th, 2022 Nov 28th, 2022 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM Joseph Polvere Online Asynchronous 5

SD-073 | Child Development Associate (CDA) Extended Instruction

This course is a 2 hour weekly review session of the material taught in the Childhood Development Associate (CDA) course that week. Key concepts are reinforced and help remind students of what they learned. Review sessions help students relax, gain confidence and study more effectively.
Total Program Hours: 52 hours
Corequisties: SD-078 | Child Development Associate (CDA)

SD-078 | Child Development Associate (CDA)

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 2 courses, CDA Part I and CDA Part II. Courses must be taken in order. 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.
Total Program Hours: 120 hours

SD-079 | Praxis Academic Skills Writing

This course is designed to prepare you for the Praxis Writing exam and includes test taking tips, strategies and practice questions. The Praxis writing test assesses your ability to write an argumentative essay and an explanatory essay. We will review writing strategies including revising and improving your responses.
Total Program Hours: 3 hours

SD-080 | Praxis Academic Skills Math

This course will refresh your knowledge of the math concepts covered in the Praxis test and help you prepare for the exam. Topics include covers ratios, proportions, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, radicals, integers, and solving word problems.
Total Program Hours: 12 hours

SD-083 | Praxis Academic Skills Reading

This course will prepare you for the Praxis Reading test. The Praxis Reading test is a reading comprehension multiple choice test. We will review strategies for approaching the reading passages, and analyzing the questions and answer choices so that you can maximize your score.
Total Program Hours: 3 hours

SD-711 | CDA Renewal

This 45-hour course meets the requirements for the CDA renewal. Experienced teachers and assistants will benefit from taking this course, as well as, those looking to take advantage of the CDA® Renewal Amnesty Program. This program will allow anyone with a CDA® Credential that has an expiration date as far back as January 1, 2010, an opportunity to complete the renewal process and make their credential active again. This course will include topics such as physical, social, emotional and cognitive development of children from birth to age 5, how to establish a safe and healthy learning environment, how to observe and record behavior; ways to establish productive relationships with families, and strategies to manage program operations.
Total Program Hours: 45 hours