Child Development Associate (CDA)

This series is designed to provide the educational component of the national credentialing program administered by the Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition. Students may pursue the Infant/Toddler CDA or the Preschool CDA credential. The CDA is accepted by the Department of Human Services for group teacher positions in licensed day care centers.

In addition to course work and portfolio preparation, the candidate needs to meet work experience requirements. Candidates closely work with a CDA advisor* to document the educational and work experience in preparation of a formal assessment by a Council representative. (Additional non-college fees are assessed by the Council.)

It is strongly recommended that students take the Placement Test and enroll in required reading/writing courses to assure that the portfolio requirements are met. These courses can be applied toward the Child Development/Child Care Option, Associate in Arts degree. For information, contact faculty advisor, Lisa Stein, at (609) 343-4934/lstein@atlantic.edu or the area coordinator, Heather Boone, at (609) 343-4934/hboone@atlantic.edu.

*Atlantic Cape instructors may serve as advisors.

Upon completion of this program students will be able to:

  • Discuss the importance of maintaining a healthy, safe learning environment;
  • Summarize the physical and intellectual development of young children;
  • Provide positive guidance in the classroom that supports the social and emotional development of young children;
  • Explain the importance of positive relationships with families;
  • Demonstrate a commitment to professionalism.

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Courses Credits
Infant/Toddler Child Development Associate  
CDCC103-Roles of the Child Care Professional
2
CDCC104-Infant/Toddler Development: Theory and Applications
3
CDCC252-Early Childhood Practicum
3
EDUC/PSYC110-Child Development Theory & Practice
4
TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED
12
Preschool Child Development Associate  
CDCC103-Roles of the Child Care Professional
2
PSYC/EDUC110-Child Development: Theory and Practice
4
CDCC115-Planning the Preschool Curriculum
3
CDCC252-Early Childhood Practicum
3
TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED
12
(ZCDA)