Return to accessibility navigation at the top of the page.

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
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.