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2022-23 Academic Catalog 
2022-23 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Early Childhood Education - CDA.COC

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The Early Childhood Education Certificate of Completion will prepare graduates to sit for credentialing as Child Development Associates (CDAs) through the Council for Professional Recognition. Credentialing offers early educators working with children ages birth to 5 years old the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge, skills and abilities in the early childhood education field. The CDA credentialing program assesses candidates using multiple sources evidence, including an exam, observation and professional portfolio with resources and competency statements prepared by the Candidate.

This curriculum exceeds the minimum requirement of 120 hours of formal early childhood education training, covering the growth and development of children ages birth to 5 years, with training hours in each of the 8 CDA subject areas:

  • Planning a safe and healthy learning environment
  • Advancing children’s physical and intellectual development
  • Supporting children’s social and emotional development
  • Building productive relationships with families
  • Managing an effective program operation
  • Maintaining a commitment to professionalism
  • Observing and recording children’s behavior
  • Understanding principles of child development and learning

All accepted students must undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information check. The results could impact the student’s ability to continue in the program.

Upon the successful completion of the requirements for this program, a Certificate of Completion in Early Childhood Education from STCC will be awarded.

Program Personnel

Name Title Office Phone Email
Josh Carreiro Professor/Social and Behavioral Sciences Department Chair 17/237 413-755-4631
Aimee Dalenta Education Practicum Coordinator 13/339 413-755-4310
Lakisha Coppedge Early Childhood Education Student Liaison 13/347 413-755-4832
Yezenia Lopez Early Childhood Education Student Liaison 19/241 413-755-4504
Nancy Ward Career Pathways Activity Director 02/225 413-755-4120


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