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Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential

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 

May 2012 through December 2019

Credit Recommendation

  • Early Childhood Field Experience: 3 credits, lower division level
  • The Infant and Toddler: 3 credits, lower division level

Either course could be transcripted as an Early Childhood Education 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 May 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

Credit Recommendation Details / Competencies 

Early Childhood Field Experience (or Early Childhood Elective Credit): 3 credits, lower division level
This course provides the student with practical experience in environments for young children, birth to age five. The experience affords the student the opportunity to become familiar with and demonstrate the principles and practices of early childhood. Hands-on instruction in working with children birth to age five.

Introduction to Working With Young Children: 3 credits, lower division level
This course exposes students to competencies required in the implementation of sound environments for young children, birth to age five. The course introduces content in the following areas: planning a safe and healthy learning environment, supporting development in physical, cognitive, language and social/ emotional areas; developing relationships with-in families; program management; professionalism; observation and recording information about children; and the principles of child development and learning. Hands-on instruction in working with children birth to age five.
OR
The Infant and Toddler: 3 credits, lower division level
A study of appropriate infant and toddler programs (birth to age 3), including an overview of development, quality care giving routines, appropriate environments, materials and activities, and teaching/guidance techniques. Participation in an early childhood setting is required.

NOTE: These credit recommendations are not equivalent to credit awarded for "Introduction to Early Childhood Education" or "Child Growth and Development" through Charter Oak Pathways exams. These recommendations are for students who did not earn their CDA credential through a credit-based program.