CDA Preparation - CE71

Offered at the Following Campus

  • Valdosta Campus

Program Overview

The Early Childhood Care and Education CDA Preparation TCC (Child Development Associate Preparation) program is a four course sequence of courses designed to prepare students for the Child Development Associate national credential issued by the Council for Professional Recognition (out of Washington DC). The four courses in this TCC provide students with the knowledge and skills needed for the national credential and provide information on the development of the portfolio required of the Council. Graduates have qualifications to be employed in early care and education settings including child care centers, Head Start and Georgia Pre-K programs.

Entrance Requirements

*Submit a completed application and application fee;

*Be at least 18 years of age;
*Submit official high school transcript or GED transcript;
*Submit official college transcripts, if applicable;

*Present acceptable SAT or ACT scores taken within the last 60 months, or acceptable COMPASS or ASSET scores taken within the last 60 months. Documentation on a college transcript of successful completion of appropriate courses from a regionally accredited college or university may be accepted in lieu of test scores.


*Students must obtain 480 hours of classroom field experience before submitting their CDA applications to the National Council for Recognition

Course Overview

Credit Hours
Occupational Courses (11 hours)

Prereqs: Provisional Admission

Coreqs: None

Introduces concepts relating the responsibilities and procedures involved in a variety of early childhood care situations. Topics include historical perspectives; professionalism; guidance; developmentally appropriate practices; learning environment (including all children); cultural diversity; and licensing, accreditation, and credentialing.

Prereqs: Provisional Admission

Coreqs: None

Introduces the student to the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of the young child (prenatal through 12 years of age). The course provides for competency development in observing, recording, and interpreting growth and development stages in the young child; advancing physical and intellectual competence; supporting social and emotional development; and examining relationships between child development and positive guidance. Topics include developmental characteristics, prenatal through age 12, developmental guidance applications, observing and recording techniques, ages and stages of development, and introduction to children with special needs.

Prereqs: Provisional Admission

Coreqs: None

Introduces the theory, practices, and requirements for establishing and maintaining a safe, healthy learning environment. Topics include CPR and first aid, health issues, safety issues, child abuse and neglect, and nutritional needs of children.

Prereqs: Provisional Admission

Coreqs: None

Provides training in professionalism through Child Development Associate Credentialing Certificate preparation in the following areas: applying for the Child Development Associate Credential through Direct Assessment, professional resource file development, and strategies to establish positive and productive relationships with families.



Related Program Options:

Early Childhood Care/Education Degree
Early Childhood Care/Education Diploma
Early Childhood Program Administration TCC
Advanced Child Development Specialist TCC
Child Development Specialist

BFTS Incentives Program



Kyle Taft
Early Childhood Care & Education Program Coordinator
Office: Coffee Campus
Phone: (229) 468-2057
Campus: Coffee Campus

Amy Southers
Early Childhood Education Instructor
Office: Lowndes Hall
Phone: (229) 333-2100 ext. 3045
Campus: Valdosta Campus