Child Development Associate (CDA) 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.
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.
Conditional Program/Major Codes: CRTCDP/9CDP
Title IV Financial Aid eligible: No
What can I do with this certificate?
Career options: 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.
Academic options: Continue your studies by applying your coursework toward the Early Childhood Studies AAS.
Program Requirements 2019-2020
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|
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
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
* 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.