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Catalog 2017-18

Education / Early Childhood

Child Development Associate Skills Certificate


Schoolcraft program code # CRT.00315

The Child Development Associate (CDA) program represents a national effort to credential qualified early childhood educators working with children from birth to age five. At Schoolcraft College, CDA preparation consists of meeting the objectives and requirements of five courses in the early childhood curriculum that address the Competency Goals in 13 Functional Areas identified by the CDA Professional Preparation program. Candidates must also document 480 hours of professional experience working with children within the last three years, prepare a professional resource file, and be formally observed working with children. For more information on the CDA Credential visit

All courses are not offered each semester. Students should work with an academic advisor or counselor to develop a schedule that will work for them. Students who satisfactorily complete the program requirements qualify for a certificate of program completion. The following are the required courses necessary to meet CDA competencies.

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