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Developmental Psychology 5-6, 7-8 and the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential

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1 Developmental Psychology 5-6, 7-8 and the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential

2 What is the CDA Credential? A Child Development Associate Credential is the national credential an individual earns after having successfully completed the CDA process and an assessment. The CDA remains the key first step of new entrants into the field of early care and education. Since 1985 the Council for Professional Recognition has certified over 280,000 entry-level early childhood professionals who have earned the nationally- recognized, portable, competency-based credential. The CDA Credential, a recognized part of the child care licensing/registration requirements in California.

3 State Of California Commission on Teacher Credentialing 1900 Capitol Avenue Sacramento, CA (888) Website: Levels of the CA. Child Development Permit Child Development Assistant Permit (6 units) Child Development Associate Teacher Permit (12 units) Child Development Teacher Permit (AA Degree) Child Development Master Teacher Permit (BA Degree) Child Development Site Supervisor Permit (BA+ Degree) Child Development Program Director Permit (MA/M.S. Credential)

4 CHILD DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE TEACHER PERMIT Authorization A Child Development Associate Teacher Permit authorizes the holder to provide service in the care, development, and instruction of children in a child care and development program, and supervise a CDP Assistant, and an aide. Requirements for the Child Development Associate Teacher Permit To qualify for the Child Development Associate Teacher Permit, individuals must satisfy all of the requirements listed in one of the following options: Option 1 Complete a minimum of 12 semester units of course work in early childhood education or child development (excluding field work), including at least one course of at least three semester units in each of the following core areas: Child/human growth and development Child, family, and community, or child and family relations Programs/curriculum Complete at least 50 days of experience in an instructional capacity in a child care and development program, working at least three hours per day within the last two years. This experience must be verified by submitting an original letter from the employer on official letterhead. Option 2 Possess a Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential. For information on obtaining the CDA credential, contact the Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition at or visit their website at Term and Renewal The Child Development Associate Teacher Permit is issued for five years and is renewable once, for a total of two issuances. To renew, the holder must complete at least 15 semester units toward the Child Development Teacher Permit. By the end of the ten year period, the holder must meet the requirements for the Child Development Teacher Permit.

5 Requirements: 1.Ability to speak, read, and write well enough to perform the responsibilities of a CDA. 2.High school diploma, GED, or a junior or senior in a high school vocational program in early education. 3.Demonstration of competence in an early childhood education setting based on the 6 CDA Competency Goals* and 13 Functional Areas*. CDA Competency Goals* and 13 Functional Areas* Competency Goal – goal for the behavior of an Early Childhood Educator Functional Area – a responsibility that defines an Early Childhood Educator’s role in relation to children The CDA Candidate

6 The CDA Credential Four Categories of Specialization: Preschool Infant/Toddler Family Child Care Home Visitor A CDA Credential is valid for three years from the award date, after which it may be renewed in three-year increments. A CDA Credential may only be renewed for the original setting, age-level endorsement, and specialization. The purpose of the CDA renewal is to ensure that Child Development Associates are maintaining current knowledge and skills in their work with young children and families.

7 The CDA Candidate As a CDA candidate, you must meet the following requirements before participating in the final CDA assessment: Ability to speak, read, and write well enough to perform the responsibilities of a CDA. Hold a high school diploma, GED, or be a junior/senior student in a high school vocational program in early education. Have 120 clock hours of child care formal education within the past five years with 10 hours in 8 specific subject areas. Develop a Professional Portfolio which includes reference materials as outlined in the Competency Standards handbook. Have 480 hours of experience working with children within the past three years (ages 3 through 5). In addition, you must also find an approved field advisor and to apply for your final CDA assessment.

8 The CDA Trainer … provides 120 clock hours of child care formal education within the past five years… 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. Includes at least 10 hours in each of the following subject areas:

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12 The Professional Portfolio

13 Verification by Council Representative The Council Rep will… 1.Check the Autobiography (Section 1) in Professional Resource File 2.Check the Statements of Competence (Section 2) in Professional Resource File 3.Check Resource Collection (Section 3) in Professional Resource File. 4.Check Parent Opinion Questionnaire (Spring – Week 12) and forward them to the Council. 5.Check the CDA Assessment Observation Instrument (completed by the Advisor) and forward it to the Council. 6.Conduct the Oral Interview (10 structured situations to respond to, 2 hours). 7.Administer the Early Childhood Studies Review test.

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