What is a CDA?
The Child Development Associate (CDA) is a competency-based national credential awarded to individuals who work with children ages five (5) and under.
How do I apply to Jefferson Community and Technical College?
Do I have to take the placement tests?
Find out more information on the Assessment Center web page.
What classes are required?
This is my first semester & I only want to take one course. Which course should I take?
IEC 101 You must take this course before or along with the other IEC courses.
Once I complete the 3 required courses, will I have my CDA?
No. The coursework is one component of achieving your CDA. The Council for Special Recognition requires that you complete a total of 120 training hours in Early Childhood Education.
Each 3-credit college course is worth 40 training hours. In these classes you will complete the following:
- 120 hours of training in Early Childhood Education
- Your Professional Portfolio
- A Resource File
- Field Advisor assessment (may be completed while you are taking classes or after you have completed your classes).
- Preparation for the oral & written exam.
- Parent Questionnaires
- 480 hours of working with young children in an early childhood setting
How can I get more information regarding the CDA?
Council for Special Recognition
2460 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009-3575
What else will I need to do?
To complete the application, visit CDA online, click on Login under the heading your CDA. You will submit your completed CDA application, verification that you have completed all 120 training hours (copy of college transcript), and a check for $425 to the Council for Professional Recognition in Washington, DC. To apply for a mini-grant to cover the cost of $425, please contact one of the counselors below:
Contact Information for the Professional Development Counselors with The Stars For Kids Now Scholarship Program:
Is the CDA Credential valid forever?
The CDA Credential is valid for 3 years from the date of the award, and can be renewed for 5-year periods.
Renewal of the CDA Credential includes the following:
How can I get more information regarding the IECE Program at Jefferson?
Jefferson offers a complete Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education Program leading to an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree. For more information contact:
IECE Program Coordinator