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 Course Title:   Essentials of Child Development Associate Credential (CDA): Health & Safety

 Title Abbreviation:   CDA: HEALTH & SAFTEY

 Department:    ECED

 Course #:    203

 Credits:    3

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    3

 CIP:    131210

 EPC:    402

 REV:    2017

 Course Description  

The first of three courses in preparation for the Child Development Associates Credential (CDA). Examines how to establish and maintain a safe and healthy learning environment for young children.



Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 33

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Supplementary Elective  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

Other Institution Equivalencies Table
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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify how to establish and maintain a safe learning environment for young children.
  2. Identify how to establish and maintain a healthy learning environment for young children.
  3. Demonstrate how to use space, relationships, materials, and routines as program resources.
  4. Plan for learning environments that promote play, exploration and learning.
  5. Provide examples of equipment and activities and that promote physical development of children.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.1 Identify and express concepts, terms, and facts related to a specific discipline.
2.7 Identify and evaluate connections and relationships among disciplines.

4. Community & Cultural Diversity

Definition: Recognizing the value of human communities and cultures from multiple perspectives through a critical understanding of their similarities and differences.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
4.2 Understand, value and respect human differences and commonalities as they relate to issues of race, social class, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities and culture.

9. Scientific Literacy

Definition: Understanding scientific principles, and analyzing and applying scientific information in a variety of contexts.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
9.1 Demonstrate an understanding of fundamental scientific concepts.

Course Contents

  1. The role of the caregiver in establishing the learning environment.
  2. Safety Practices.
  3. Health Practices.
  4. Equipment.
  5. Activities.
  6. Routines.
  7. Required health and safety documentation.
  8. Planning for play and exploration in a developmentally appropriate program.