The Child Development Associate (CDA) program represents a national effort to credential qualified early childhood educators working with children from birth to age five. For more information on the CDA Credential visit www.cdacouncil.org.
Students who satisfactorily complete the program requirements qualify for a certificate of program completion. To earn the CDA, candidates may then apply to the Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition.
Prior to the start of field placement hours, interviews at sites where children are present, observations, service learning experiences or practicums, students must:
- have a clear criminal background check
- obtain Michigan Central Registry Clearance from the Michigan Department of Human Services
- ·obtain a current TB test
Students who are not cleared through a criminal background check and by the Michigan Department of Human Services will not be permitted in the ECE/SPE programs. Some field placement/practicum sites may have additional requirements prior to starting an experience/practicum.
Students are expected to follow the ECE/SPE program policies, abide by the National Association for the Education of Young Children Code of Ethical Conduct, follow field placement policies and conduct themselves appropriately in the presence of children, families, and professionals during field placements/practicums. In order to receive a CDA Skills Certificate students need to obtain a grade of 2.0 or higher in ECE 135 or ECE 145.
Not all courses are offered each semester. Students should work with an academic advisor to develop a plan of study that works for them. Students planning to transfer are advised to check the transfer institution’s requirements/guides and discuss their options with an academic advisor. Number of credits may vary depending on the course selection.
Schoolcraft program code # CRT.00315
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First Year - Fall Semester
Total Credits: 8
First Year - Winter Semester
Total Credits: 8
Program Total: 16 Credits
* Students will choose either ECE 135 or ECE 145 depending upon the type of CDA Credentials they plan to pursue. Students in the Early Childhood Education program must adhere to the Code of Ethics of the National Association for the Education of Young Children and the Council for Exceptional Children along with the Early Childhood Education and Special Education Department policies. Early Childhood Education and Special Education Department policies are provided from the department to the student in their field experience courses. In order to receive a CDA Skills Certificate students need to obtain a grade of 2.0 or higher in ECE 135 or ECE 145.