Child Development Associate
The Child Development Associate Credential is a national credentialing program that focuses on the skills of early care and education professionals; it is a performance-based assessment of childcare staff, home visitor, and family care providers. The Child Development Associate Credential is designed for individuals who wish to obtain a Child Development Associate (CDA) through the Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition under the direct assessment system.
Among the assessment requirements for center-based and family childcare are:
1. Be age 18 years old or older.
2. Hold a high school diploma or GED
3. Have 480 hours of experience working with children during the past five years
4. Have 120 clock hours of formal child care education within the past five years
The courses in this program provide students with the required 120 clock hours of education for the credentialing program. Credit earned as part of this program can be applied to the Early Childhood Education certificate and degree programs.