Child Development Associate coursework is intended to prepare the student for the final CDA Council Assessment to qualify for a Child Development Credential. The credential is awarded by the Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition in Washington, D.C. The purpose of this course is to prepare the student who has 480 hours of experience or is currently working in a childcare center with the knowledge and skills needed to fulfill the students 120-hour coursework requirements for the CDA Assessment Application. Entrance requirements for CDA training are:

  1. Age 18 years or older;
  2. High school diploma or equivalent;
  3. Must score minimally 35 on Reading and 35 on English on the ASSET or 58 on Reading and 20 on English on the COMPASS examination. Students not meeting the ASSET or COMPASS score requirements will be placed in courses to prepare them before entering the Child Development Associate Program;
  4. Successful completion of Child Care Orientation Training (CCOT EDCC 1001) before or during the semester;
  5. Candidate should ideally have 480 hours of experience or be employed or volunteering at an approved childcare facility at least 16 hours per week while in CDA training (480 hours of experience are required of the individual before the final assessment process). This should be documented on the required forms and have approval prior to beginning the core coursework. Unless the individual only requires the coursework by itself, this will be inadequate for CDA certification.Credit Hours

The curriculum is composed of nine (9) credit hours of lecture, one (1) credit hour of clinical practicum, a course in American Heart Association First Aid Training and Pediatric CPR. The student must either be employed (a minimum of 16 hours per week) during the entire course of study or be a volunteer (a minimum of 16 hours per week) at a facility.

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