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.