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Career Technology Center Scholarship

The Career Technology Center Scholarship is available for eligible providers enrolling in Early Education: Pathway to CDA coursework. Click on the topic areas below for more information.


What Is Early Education: Pathway to CDA?
Program Benefits
Paying for Training
Scholars Program Eligibility
Pathway to CDA Coursework
Scholarship Application: Technology Center
Technology Center Scholarship Information Matrix
Pathway Brochure
Frequently Asked Questions
For More Information


What Is Early Education: Pathway to CDA?
The Pathway to CDA is a program that provides comprehensive CDA training and prepares child care providers for the National CDA Credential.*

*Early Education: Pathway to CDA is the only CDA curriculum eligible for a scholarship through technology centers. Other CDA training offered through technology centers is not eligible for the tuition or CDA assessment scholarship.

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Program Benefits

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Paying for Training
Students enrolled in the Pathway to CDA program at technology centers may be eligible for the Scholars for Excellence in Child Care program scholarship. With the Scholars program:

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Scholars Program Eligibility
To qualify for the Scholars program, students must:

Note: Due to the availability of education and training funds, employees from federally funded and school-age child care programs are not eligible to participate in the scholarship.

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Pathway to CDA Coursework

Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education
Early Education: Pathway to CDA
Second Addition (Comprehensive CDA Preparation Curriculum)
Module
Contact Hours
Unit Title
Unit # (Hours)
Module One
30
Providing for Children's Safety
Providing for Children's Health
Providing and Environment for Learning
Unit 1 (10)
Unit 2 (10)
Unit 3 (10)
Module Two
45
Child Growth and Development Concepts
Child Growth/Dev Concepts: Infants/Toddlers
Child Growth/Dev Concepts: Preschoolers
Ensuring Development Appropriate Practices
Child Growth/Dev Concepts: Special Needs
Unit 4 (10)
Unit 5 (5)
Unit 6 (5)
Unit 7 (20)
Unit 8 (5)
Module Three
20
Guiding Children I
Guiding Children II
Unit 9 (10)
Unit 10 (10)
Module Four
35
Developing Program Plans
Involving Parents and the Community
Maintaining a Record Keeping System
Developing as a Child Care Professional
Preparing for the CDA, Part I
Unit 11 (10)
Unit 12 (10)
Unit 13 (5)
Unit 14 (5)
Unit 15 (5)
TOTAL HOURS = 130

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Scholarship Application: Technology Center
Application (updated application coming soon)

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Technology Center Scholarship Information Matrix
Matrix - Technology Centers (Pathway to CDA) (updated application coming soon)

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Pathway Brochure
Updated brochure coming soon.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is OCCS?

What is Early Education: Pathway to CDA?

What are some benefits for the students who enroll in the Pathway to CDA program?

Who is eligible for a scholarship?

Who will pay the tuition for the scholarship recipients?

Will the scholarship pay for the CDA adviser?

Will off-site training be available for the Pathway to CDA curriculum?

Will the Pathway to CDA program be offered online?

Can you mix the online courses with on-site courses?

Do I need high-speed connection in order to enroll in the online option?

I have heard there is an observation component. Is this true?

Once I complete the Pathway to CDA program, how do I get my CDA credential?

Have the Council for Professional Recognition CDA training requirements changed?

If I do not qualify for a Scholars Program scholarship, may I still enroll in the Pathway to CDA program?

Do I have to complete the Pathway to CDA training in 12-15 months?

If I took the CDA Blocks at Tulsa Technology Center, am I eligible for a tuition or assessment scholarship?


What is OCCS?
Oklahoma Child Care Services (OCCS) represents a variety of partners and initiatives working together to support the quality child care needs of families and providers. OCCS supports the Scholars Program to provide scholarship support to child care providers working to attain an associate degree or child development associate (CDA). BACK TO QUESTIONS

What is Early Education: Pathway to CDA?
The Pathway to CDA program provides comprehensive CDA training and prepares child care providers for the National CDA credential. It covers all eight content areas for the CDA Competency Standards. For more information, see the Formal Educational Requirements of CDA Competency Standards (PDF, 40k). BACK TO QUESTIONS

What are some benefits for the students who enroll in the Pathway to CDA program?
With any formal education. the student always benefits. Some of the benefits of the Pathway to CDA program are as follows:

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Who is eligible for a scholarship?
To qualify for the Scholars program, students must:

*Once approved, must be on a child development/early childhood plan of study.

Note: Due to the availability of education and training funds, employees from federally funded child care programs are not eligible to participate in the scholarship. Additionally, employees from school-age programs are not eligible to participate in the scholarship at this time. BACK TO QUESTIONS

Who will pay the tuition for the scholarship recipients?
Students enrolled in the Pathway to CDA program at technology centers may be eligible for the Scholars for Excellence in Child Care program scholarship. If eligible for a scholarship, the Scholars Program, operated by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, will pay the career technology center directly. With the Scholars program, the scholar will get free books and a free CDA packet and will pay only 30 percent of tuition. BACK TO QUESTIONS

Will the scholarship pay for the CDA adviser?
The Scholars Program will not pay for the CDA adviser. The Center for Early Childhood Professional Development will continue to assist in the payment of the CDA adviser as long as they are on the approved adviser list (external link). BACK TO QUESTIONS

Will off-site training be available for the Pathway to CDA program?
Yes, as long as the training being offered off-site is coordinated through a technology center, the Pathway to CDA program will be available at off-site locations. BACK TO QUESTIONS

Will the Pathway to CDA program be offered online?
Yes, you may enroll online now. Get more information (PDF, 40k) about enrolling online. BACK TO QUESTIONS

Can you mix the online courses with on-site courses?
Yes, you can combine the online courses and the on-site courses to complete the Pathway to CDA program. BACK TO QUESTIONS

Do I need high-speed connection in order to enroll in the online option?
No, a dial-up or high-speed Internet connection will work. BACK TO QUESTIONS

I have heard there is an observation component. Is this true?
There are hands-on activities that will be completed throughout the curriculum. The hands-on activities will be able to be completed in the facility/family child care home in which you work. BACK TO QUESTIONS

Once I complete the Pathway to CDA program, how do I get my CDA credential?
Once the scholar has completed the Pathway to CDA training, the scholar should have covered all eight content areas of the CDA Competency Standards. The scholar should have also completed six competency statement, the professional resource file, parent questionnaires and then scheduled a formal observation. Once the observation has been completed, the student, if on scholarship, will be eligible for the Scholars for Excellence in Child Care Assessment Scholarship to assist with the cost of the CDA Assessment fee. BACK TO QUESTIONS

Have the Council for Professional Recognition CDA training requirements changed?
No, the training requirements for the Council for Professional Recognition have not changed. In order to meet their requirements, you must complete 120 hours of formal training with at least 10 clock hours in each of the eight content areas. The training must also be within the last five years. BACK TO QUESTIONS

If I do not qualify for a Scholars Program scholarship, may I still enroll in the Pathway to CDA program?
Yes, anyone will be able to enroll in the Pathway to CDA program. BACK TO QUESTIONS

Do I have to complete the comprehensive CDA training in 12-15 months?
No, if you are awarded a scholarship, your agreement term is active for 12 months. Pathway is designed for a student to be able to complete the training in 12 months, but if you are not able to complete your training in 12 months, you will be given the opportunity for an extension. BACK TO QUESTIONS

If I took the CDA Blocks at Tulsa Technology Center, am I eligible for a tuition or assessment scholarship?
No, any other training besides the Pathway to CDA program taken through Tulsa Technology Center will not be eligible for a tuition or assessment scholarship. BACK TO QUESTIONS

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For More Information
For more information, visit the links on the left or contact Gina McPherson at the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, 866.343.3881 (toll free) or 405.225.9396, or the Scholars for Excellence in Child Care scholar coordinator in your area.

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