Early Childhood Education

Child Development Associate (CDA) Preparation

Child Development Associate (CDA) Preparation
Effective term: 
2016 Fall
Final term: 
2018 Summer
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The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Child Development Associate (CDA) Preparation program is designed to provide documented training in preparation for application to become a Child Development Associate. This program is intended for individuals interested in early childhood education who intend to pursue the national credential of CDA from the Council for Professional Recognition. Students completing the described CCL coursework must apply independently to the Council for final evaluation and validation.

Program notes

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses within the program.

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CFS/ECH176Child Development (3) OR
CFS235Developing Child: Theory into Practice, Prenatal - Age 8(3) 3
EED200Foundations of Early Childhood Education 3
EED212Guidance, Management and the Environment 3
EED215Early Learning: Health, Safety, Nutrition and Fitness 3
EED220Child, Family, Community and Culture (3) OR
CFS157Marriage and Family Life (3) 3
EED260Early Childhood Infant/Toddler Internship (1) OR
EED261Early Childhood Preschool Internship (1) 1
  1. Plan a safe, healthy learning environment including a prevention and emergency plan and identifying state regulations related to various early childhood settings. (EED215)
  2. Describe and explain the relationship of play to physical and intellectual development at the early childhood level. (EED212, CFS/ECH176, CFS235)
  3. Develop an early childhood curriculum that advances physical and intellectual development through art, music, literature, science, math, and language. (EED200)
  4. Describe and explain the relationship of play to children's social and emotional development at the early childhood level. (EED212)
  5. Design a learning environment which encourages the social and emotional development of young children. (EED212)
  6. Provide guidance and discipline which promote the social and emotional development of young children. (EED212)
  7. Use effective methods to establish productive relationships with families. (CFS157, EED220)
  8. Develop strategy to manage an effective program operation in various early childhood settings. (EED260, EED261)
  9. Apply classroom instruction to work experiences during 80 hours per credit per semester. (EED260, EED261)
  10. Define professionalization as it applies to the field of early care and education, birth to age eight, and develop a plan for professional growth and development. (EED200, EED260, EED261)
  11. Observe and record the developmental stages of children from conception through the eighth year. (CFS/ECH176, CFS235)
  12. Describe principles of children's growth and development from conception through the eighth year. (CFS/ECH176, CFS235)
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