The Child Development Program offers 7-8 credit hours to help students become eligible to apply for the National Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential. This allows the student to seek employment as a director of a child care center and/or employee of Headstart. These 7-8 credits also can qualify as credit towards the Associate Degree program in Early Childhood Education.
A CDA will enable you to become:
Director of a Child Care Center
A Family or Group Home Provider
Head Start teacher assistant
GSRP Preschool assistant
Remember a CDA alone will not enable you to apply for these positions. You must also have 12 or more additional college credits in child development, early childhood education or child psychology.
It is highly recommended that you take ECED-299 CDA Completion to assist in building the required CDA Portfolio. Please note that ECED 299 does not apply toward the Early Childhood Education Associate of Applied Science.
Please remember MCC does not grant the CDA, it only provides course work and credits that reflect the content that assists the student in attaining the credential. For complete information on applying for the CDA credential, go to the Council for Professional Recognition's website: https://www.cdacouncil.org/.