Child Development Associate Certificate
The Child Development Associate Credential (CDA)
Brigitte Hix, M.A. PQAS Certified
The Child Development Associate Credential (CDA) is now being offered as a "self-paced" course which allows you to complete the mandatory 120 hours during the course of a 6 month period. You will receive your CDA certificate upon completion of all assignments.
The Child Development Associate Credential focuses on 6 Competency Goals and 13 Functional Areas which encompasses 8 Subject Areas:
1. Planning a safe and healthy learning environment
2. Advancing children's physical and intellectual development
3. Supporting children's social and emotional development
4. Building productive relationships with families
5. Managing an effective program
6. Maintaining a Commitment to Professionalism
7. Observing and Recording Behavior
8. Understanding the Principle of child development and learning
This 120-hour program can be articulated to 6 college credits for the following two 3-credit courses upon completion of the CDA Credential and matriculation at Bucks County Community College in the Early Childhood Education Program if student work is deemed appropriate by our Prior Learning Assessment Department.
- EDUC 105 Foundations for Early Learning
- EDUC 120 Early Learning and Development I: Ages Birth - 5
INTRODUCTION TO CDA CREDENTIAL - FREE SESSION WSMCE 3260 C01
The Early Childhood Education Credential prepares you to become a successful educator of our children during their most important formative years. You will learn the benefits of earning your Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential, identify the qualities needed to be a successful candidate, review the 6 Competency Standards and learn the CDA-NAEYC Connection. In addition, you will learn and know the components of the Professional Resource Binder.
When you register for the CDA Certificate Course, you will earn 3 hours toward your CDA Credential.
CHILD DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE CREDENTIAL (CDA) WSMCE 3201 C20
These first 60 hours of the CDA program will focus on Professionalism in Childcare; principles of child development and learning; and the physical, intellectual, social and emotional
development of children and infants through pre-school, and observation and growth and development of children from birth through 8 years. The second 60 hours of the CDA program will prepare you to take the national CDA assessment, and will focus on Planning a Safe, Healthy, Learning Environment; Observation of Young Children; Working with Families; and Program Management.
CHILD DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE CERTIFICATE (CDA) PART II WSMCE 3232 C20
CDA Credential Part I is a 60-hour hybrid class starting on November 11, 2019.
There will be 4 face-to-face classes incorporated into the 60 hours: All classes are 6:30 - 9:30 pm
4 Wednesdays: 11/11, 11/25, 12/9, 12/16
The remaining hours will be e-learning hours.
For information about the CDA Assessment, please go to the website for the Council for Professional Recognition at www.cdacouncil.org.
Reimbursement: Anyone who is a member of a Keystone Stars site can apply for a 90% tuition refund and the $325 assessment fee for the CDA assessment. Please note: Reimbursement is subject to the availability of funds. Tuition vouchers are available on the Keys website www.pakeys.org under professional development.
To register for the CDA classes, call the registration office at 215-968-8409. For information about the CDA Assessment, please go to the website for the Council for Professional Recognition at cdacouncil.org.
Teachers, if you wish to renew your CDA Credential you must receive a minimum of 4.5 CEUs for 45 additional hours of coursework in early childhood education. This must be completed within three years of receiving your initial Credential, and every five years thereafter. For further information, please check the Council for Professional Recognition’s website at www.cdacouncil.org.