CURRICULUM GUIDE

CDA Credential Training
Certificate of Completion

Curriculum Code: 0921  (Effective Fall 2003 - Summer 2008)

The CDA (Child Development Associate) Credential is a national credential earned
by individuals working with children age five and younger in a group child care
setting. The curriculum is aligned with the standards issued by the Council for
Professional Recognition (CDA). The certificate provides the training required
for CDA credential assessment. To complete field work requirements, students must
be working in a child care setting. 

Students should see Course Descriptions or Course Offerings for course
prerequisite information.  See the Assessment and Placement Testing section for
skills assessment and advising information.

Contact the Health and Human Service Careers Department, Gannon Vocational-
Technical Center, Room 1750, telephone number (517) 483-1410.

REQUIREMENTS                                                 TOTAL: 11 CREDITS
CODE        TITLE                                                 CREDIT HOURS
CHDV 101    Child Growth/Devel: 0-5 Years                                    4
CHDV 111    Child Guidance/Communication                                     4
CHDV 251    CDA Credentialing Preparation (See Note 2)                       3

LIMITED CHOICE REQUIREMENTS                                   TOTAL: 4 CREDITS
Complete the indicated number of credits from each CHOICE listed below.
CHOICE 1:                                                            4 Credits
CHDV 220    Preschool Curric/Learning Env                                    4
CHDV 221    Infant-Toddler Program Dev                                       4

            MINIMUM TOTAL                                                   15

1.    CHDV 111 and CHDV 220 must be completed with a minimum 2.5 grade or
      better.  Other required CHDV courses must be completed with a minimum 2.0
      grade or better.
2.    Students must be employed or volunteer in an approved child care program
      with children 5 years of age or younger for at least two half days per
      week in order to be observed working as a lead caregiver during CHDV 251. 
      An application is required for department approval.  Applications are
      available in the Health and Human Service Careers Department, Gannon-
      Vocational-Technical Center, Room 1750.
3.    Individuals applying for the CDA credential must have 480 hours of
      experience working with children aged 5 and below in a child care setting.
4.    CDA credential assessment is conducted by the Council for Professional
      Recognition, Washington, D.C., and requires a fee and additional
      assessment procedures beyond this certificate.

Students should see course descriptions to find out when departments plan to
offer courses.  Students who for any reason are unable to follow the course
sequence suggested below (for example, those who are part-time, have transferred
in courses from another school, or have prerequisites to fulfill) should contact
an academic advisor or counselor for help with adjustments.

I                 II                III
CHDV 101          Lim.Ch.           CHDV 251
CHDV 111