Child Development Associate (CDA) Program
The Child Development Associate (CDA) Program is a training program which offers nine hours of University approved course work. These nine hours (threethree hour courses) fulfill the mandatory 120 clock hours of training needed to apply for the CDA credential. After training is completed, students go through an assessment process designed and implemented by the National Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition to determine their competence in working with young children. If they successfully complete the process, a CDA credential is awarded. The CDA credential may be obtained in a center-based setting with a preschool school (3 to 5 years old) and/or infant/toddler (birth to 3) endorsement, or a family child care (birth through age 5) setting by the National Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition (NCEEPR). For information about the CDA program, contact the Educational Services Unit for Child Care Services in Ginger Hall room 210 or call (606)783-2896.