CDA Course Overview
The goal of the CDA course is that after participants complete all coursework and mentoring tutorials, they will be ready to apply to the Council for Professional Recognition (sometimes called the CDA Council, the Council for Professional Recognition is the only group that awards the CDA Credential®).
Through a series of online mentoring tutorials, participants learn how to prepare for the required CDA Application process, Verification Visit, and the CDA Exam to complete the CDA Credential® process.
CDA Course requirements
Course work consists of:
80 hours of core/required online lessons (10 hours from each CDA Subject Area)
Core/required online lessons vary according to CDA credential settings (center-based infant-toddler, center-based preschool, home-based family child care).
40 hours of elective online lessons
Elective lessons are selected by the participant from the On Demand Course listings of CDA eligible lessons. Elective lessons must fit the CDA credential setting that is being pursued and can fall under any of the eight CDA Subject Areas. All Better Kid Care (BKC) lessons are coded by CDA Subject Area.
Essentials for Working with Young Children (Council for Professional Recognition and Washington 2013) curriculum and Essentials Workbook (Council for Professional Recognition and Washington 2014)
The Essentials for Working with Young Children curriculum is the key CDA training tool and study guide needed to successfully prepare for the CDA Verification Visit and Exam. Readings and workbook assignments for each functional area are included in coursework.
Better Kid Care Research-to-Practice articles
Short research-to-practice articles for each functional area are part of the coursework.
CDA Professional PortfolioThe On Demand CDA Course includes assignments that lead participants through required steps to complete their CDA Professional Portfolio. Throughout the course, participants:
- Identify and add items to the Resource Collection
- Write six Reflective Statements of Competence, one for each CDA Competency Standard
- Write the Professional Philosophy Statement
- Distribute the Family Questionnaire form
- Complete the Family Questionnaire Summary Sheet
- Prepare for the Verification Visit and CDA Exam
Council for Professional Recognition, and Valora Washington, Ed. 2013. Essentials for Working with Young Children. Washington, DC: Council for Professional Recognition.
Council for Professional Recognition, and Valora Washington, Ed. 2014. Essentials Workbook. Washington, DC: Council for Professional Recognition.
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