Child Development Associate Short-Term Technical Certificate
This program is available at the Springfield - Leffel Lane location.
The Child Development Associate Short-Term Technical Certificate (CDA) is the first step toward working and teaching children birth through 5 years old. Students will complete four courses to ensure they acquire the understanding, content knowledge, and skill to teach young children. Students also complete observation hours in a designated focus area (infant/toddler or preschool).
The CDA allows students to transition easily into the Clark State Early Childhood Education program since the courses are embedded in the AAS in Early Childhood Education degree.
Students earn the CDA certification as part of the final course, ECE 1201 Child Development Associate Capstone. The final examination and certification application are required for the course. Students also create a cover letter, resume, and portfolio to prepare for job placement in early childhood centers and agencies.