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Child Development Associate Preparation

Offered at the Following Campuses

Program Overview

The Early Childhood Care and Education CDA Preparation TCC (Child Development Associate Preparation) program is a four course sequence of courses designed to prepare students for the Child Development Associate national credential issued by the Council for Professional Recognition (out of Washington DC). The four courses in this TCC provide students with the knowledge and skills needed for the national credential and provide information on the development of the portfolio required of the Council.

The standard curriculum for the Child Development Associate Preparation certificate program is designed for the semester system. The certificate generally takes 1 to 2 semesters to complete. To graduate, students must earn a minimum of 11 credit hours. 

Entrance Requirements

  • Submit a completed application;
  • Be at least 18 years of age;
  • Submit official high school/high school equivalent transcripts;
  • Submit official college transcripts, if applicable;
  • Satisfy Placement Testing requirements.

Course Overview

Contact Minutes
Credit Hours
Curriculum Outline (11 hours)
Occupational Courses (11 hours)
(Prerequisite: Provisional admission) Introduces concepts relating the responsibilities and procedures involved in a variety of early childhood care situations. Topics include: historical perspectives, professionalism, guidance, developmentally appropriate practices; learning environment including all children), cultural diversity, and licensing accreditation and credentialing.
(Prerequisites: Provisional admission) Introduces the student to the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of the young child (prenatal through 12 years of age). The course provides for competency development in observing, recording, and interpreting growth and development stages in the young child; advancing physical and intellectual competence; supporting social and emotional development; and examining relationships between child development and positive guidance. Topics include developmental characteristics, prenatal through age 12, developmental guidance applications, observing and recording techniques, ages and stages of development, and introduction to children with special needs.

(Prerequisites: Provisional admission) Introduces the theory, practices, and requirements for establishing and maintaining a safe, healthy learning environment. Topics include CPR and first aid, health issues, safety issues, child abuse and neglect, and nutritional needs of children.  A $10 fee is associated with this course due to the cost of CPR/first aid card and training.

(Prerequisites: Provisional admission) Provides training in professionalism through Child Development Associate Credentialing Certificate preparation in the following areas: applying for the Child Development Associate Credential through Direct Assessment; professional resource file development; and, strategies to establish positive and productive relationships with families.