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Early Childhood Studies-Child Development Associate Preparation


Learn fundamental concepts in Early Care and Education. Courses focus on child development, learning and culture as well as teaching techniques, observation, and curriculum.

Apply for the national Child Development Associate credential, CDA equivalency, or use the coursework to meet the state Department of Health Services professional development requirements. Completion meets the requirements for Level C of the Early Childhood Workforce Career Lattice.

Conditional Enrollment Program: You will be eligible to enroll in CDA/ECE courses once you have completed the requirement listed in Program Admissions and the department has authorized your enrollment. See the program director or advisor for more information.

Title IV Financial Aid eligible: No


Desert Vista Campus

Contact Information

Division of Education & Biomedical Programs
Dean: 520.206.5105
Center for Early Childhood Studies: 520.206.5162
Lead Faculty: 520.206.5107

Program Information

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Completing this program can lead to employment in a variety of different careers. Here are some examples of occupations related to this program with associated Pima County-based annual median wages. Some careers may require additional education or training. Source: EMSI

Occupation Annual Median Wage
Kindergarten teachers $40,025
Preschool teachers $28,070

Academic options

Continue your studies by applying your coursework toward the Early Childhood Studies AAS.

Program Requirements 2020-2021

Required Core Courses

A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

Course # Course Title Credits
CDA 103 Curriculum Planning and Schedule Development 1
CDA 138 Building Parent and Classroom Connections 3
CDA 161 Principles of Social Competence 1
CDA 222 Elements of Children's Culture 1
ECE 117*
  or CDA 170*
  and CDA 173*
Child Growth and Development
  Ages and Stages of Young Children: Prenatal through
  Ages and Stages of Young Children: The Preschool
ECE 118 
  or CDA 102
  and CDA 121
  and CDA 271
Foundations of Early Childhood Education
  The Child's Total Learning Experience
  Techniques for Observing Children
  Professionalism in Childcare
Total 12

* CDA 170 and CDA 173, or ECE 117 fulfill the requirement for the CDA national credential but are not equivalent. Students interested in the Early Childhood Studies AAS should complete ECE 117.

Conditional Program/Major Codes: CRTCDP/9CDP

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