This program is designed for students already employed in an early care situation who desire to improve their knowledge in working with young children. The CDA is a national credential for practitioners working in a state licensed center/group home or family child care facility. It is offered through the Council for Professional Recognition under the direct assessment system.
These courses provide the student with 120 hours of training required for the credentialing program. In addition, completion of 480 hours in a licenced childcare facility is required. CDA students must be advised, and their training must be approved by the ECE coordinator.
Successful completion of the four courses leads to 12 credit hours, which can be applied to the Early Childhood Education Certificate or Career Program and Associate Degree.