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
April 3rd, 2023 May 22nd, 2023 $295
Course Content
Introduction to Teaching (Alternative Route) - SD-005 003WB
Start Date End Date Class Schedule Time Instructor Location Credits/CEU's
Apr 3rd, 2023 May 22nd, 2023 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM George Testa Online Asynchronous 5

Course: Introduction to Teaching (Alternative Route)

Start Date End Date Fee
June 19th, 2023 August 7th, 2023 $295
Course Content
Introduction to Teaching (Alternative Route) - SD-005 004WB
Start Date End Date Class Schedule Time Instructor Location Credits/CEU's
Jun 19th, 2023 Aug 7th, 2023 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM Joseph Polvere Online Asynchronous 5

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. 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 six (6) 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

Child Development Associate (CDA) - 120 hours


Course: Child Development Associate (CDA) - 120 hours

Start Date End Date Fee
October 10th, 2023 March 12th, 2024 $2590
Course Content
Child Development Associate (CDA) - 120 hours - SD-078 001WB
Start Date End Date Class Schedule Time Instructor Location Credits/CEU's
Oct 10th, 2023 Mar 12th, 2024 Tuesday, Friday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Anahi Vargas Online Synchronous 12

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