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Child Development Associate (CDA) Test Preparation

Credits Required: 9

A Child Development Associate (CDA) is a person nationally recognized as having the skills to meet the specific needs of children and work with parents and other adults to nurture children’s physical, social, emotional, and intellectual growth in a child development framework.
 
CCBC’s Child Development Associate educational opportunity fulfills the formal coursework portion of the CDA credentialing process. After completion of the required coursework, the student is eligible to apply to the Council for Professional Recognition to continue the assessment and credentialing process.
 
The program includes a series of courses that will prepare students and professionals alike to sit for exams leading to certificates as a Preschool Child Development Associate (P-CDA) or an Infant/Toddler Child Development Associate (I/T-CDA). Each preparatory sequence consists of three, 3-credit courses needed to meet the requirements of the Child Development Associate National Credentialing Program.
 
Also, please notice that by completing four courses, you can prepare for the exams for both credentials. Upon completion of the program, students are prepared for the CDA assessment. These nine credits can also transfer into our degree program to have you well on your way towards earning an Early Childhood Education Associate in Applied Science Degree at CCBC.
 
Program Policies
Advanced Standing
Students who have completed the CDA (Child Development Associate) Credential through the College’s Continuing Education Division will be recognized as having equivalent knowledge and competencies as indicated in the ERCH 100-Introduction to Early Childhood course.
 
Industry Certificate                                             
Council for Professional Recognition Credential Preschool CDA Credential
                                                                                        
Council for Professional Recognition Infant/Toddler CDA Credential
 
CCBC Course
ERCH100-Introduction to Early Childhood
 
Credits/Total Credits
3                           
 
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Curriculum - 1st Year

Preschool Child Development Associate (P-CDA) Required Coursework

Code
Title
Credits
ERCH 100
Introduction to Early Childhood
3.00
This course introduces students to early childhood education – the basic knowledge and skills, the attitudes, and the philosophies. Students also examine early childhood education in light of its history, pioneers, curriculum, programs, and new trends. Students learn basic child development theories and milestones from birth through age eight. Introduction to assessment, observation, inclusion, environments that are universally designed, ethical guidelines, professionalism, curriculum models, and partnerships with families are incorporated as foundational skills. Observation visits to early childhood settings ae required.
ERCH 210
The Early Childhood Professional
3.00
Students are introduced to the issues and problems confronting the early childhood professional including curriculum planning, staff relations, home/school interactions, ethical concerns, budgetary considerations, and professional development. Emphasis also will be placed on how to comply with state rules and regulations. Co/Prerequisite: 12 credits of ERCH courses 3-0-3
 
ERCH300 - CDA Seminar (3 credits)
 

Infant/Toddler Child Development Associate (I/T-CDA Required Coursework

Code
Title
Credits
ERCH 100
Introduction to Early Childhood
3.00
This course introduces students to early childhood education – the basic knowledge and skills, the attitudes, and the philosophies. Students also examine early childhood education in light of its history, pioneers, curriculum, programs, and new trends. Students learn basic child development theories and milestones from birth through age eight. Introduction to assessment, observation, inclusion, environments that are universally designed, ethical guidelines, professionalism, curriculum models, and partnerships with families are incorporated as foundational skills. Observation visits to early childhood settings ae required.
ERCH 212
Caring for Infants and Toddlers
3.00
This course will explore the stages of development in very young children and their nurture and education in child care settings. Included will be the design and implementation of age appropriate toys, activities, and routines. Students will consider health, safety, play and daily care schedules. 2-1-3
 
ERCH300 - CDA Seminar (3 credits)