Child Development Associate Credential

Credit Recommendation

  • Child Development Associate (CDA) Prep 1: 3 credits, lower division level
  • Child Development Associate (CDA) Prep 2: 3 credits, lower division level

The credit recommendation is not equivalent to any of the methods courses in the Early Childhood Education (ECE) major.

The credit recommendation is for those students who did not earn their Child Development Associate (CDA) credential through a credit-based program. 

Effective Dates 

Permanent, as of January 2020

Credit Recommendation

  • Early Childhood Field Experience: 3 credits, lower division level
  • Introduction to Working with Young Children OR The Infant and Toddler: 3 credits, lower division level

Either course could be transcripted as an Early Childhood Education (ECE) Elective

Effective Dates 

May 2012 through December 2019

Credit Recommendation

  • Early Childhood Field Experience: 3 credits, lower division level
  • Introduction to Working with Young Children: 3 credits, lower division level

Either course could be transcripted as an Early Childhood Education Elective

Effective Dates 

1971 through April 2012 

Issuing Agency

The Council for Professional Recognition; 2460 16th Street, NW; Washington, DC 20009

About the Credential

The Child Development Associate Credential (CDA) Program, Initiated in 1971, is a national effort to enhance the quality of childcare by defining, evaluating and encouraging the competence of child care providers and home visitors. 

How to Apply for the Credit

Council for Professional Recognition Form

Credit Recommendation Details 

  • The credit recommendation is not equivalent to any of the methods courses in the Early Childhood Education major.
  • The credit recommendation is not equivalent to credit awarded for "Introduction to Early Childhood Education" or "Child Growth and Development" through Charter Oak Pathways exams.
  • The credit recommendation is for students who did not earn their CDA credential through a credit-based program.