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March 7, 2014

Cowley College has Child Development Association Certificate approved by Kansas Board of Regents


Sitting in Cowley College’s “All Campus” meeting at the beginning of the school year, Janet Davidson, director of Early Childhood Education, kept hearing the word completer and began thinking of ways she could help students within the Child Care and Development program become completers. After looking at what other colleges had to offer, Davidson thought a Certificate program based off of the current AAS degree was just what Cowley needed. With the help of her colleagues, the school was recently notified that its proposal for a Child Development Association Certificate was approved by the Kansas Board of Regents.

“I am extremely excited for what this certificate has to offer our students,” Davidson said. “This field of study is growing and has what people with children want and need “quality” child care for their children and we want to help make that happen.”

Davidson originally discussed the idea of the Certificate with Todd Shepard, department chair within the Social Science Department, and they then set up a meeting with the school’s vice president of academic affairs, Slade Griffiths.

Prior to the meeting with Griffiths, Davidson compiled a list of child care and development (Early Childhood Education) programs within the state of Kansas and what they had to offer.

“In the meeting with Slade, we supplied the benefits of putting together a one year Certificate: one year completion, students would be eligible to open their own in-home practice, be certified to work within the field and be on track to complete the courses that they need to be eligible for a Child Development Association Certificate,” Davidson said.

Griffiths then provided Davidson with the information needed to fill out the paperwork. Adam Borth, director of communications, and Rae Dale, Business, Computer and Information Technology Chair, assisted with the paperwork and after nearly three months of research a final draft was sent to the Kansas Board of Regents on Jan. 14.

The Certificate is an 18 credit hour CTE, Child Care and Development Certificate that offers the advanced course work for those seeking employment opportunities within a child care center or as a licensed in-home child care provider. Course work will meet competency requirements for the CDA certificate. Course work provides opportunities for continuing education credit needed to maintain current employment. All course work from the Child Care Certificate transitions into the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Child Care and Development from those seeking further advancement within the field.  

Cowley College’s Child Care and Development (Early Childhood Education) program provides people with the opportunity to seek an Associates of Applied Science, this will qualify them to direct a center of 100 children as well as teach and/or administrate in a childcare center. With an associate degree in Child Care and Development, individuals can start a career as a child care director, childcare teacher, or in-home specialist.