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Child Development Associate Credential

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The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential is based on professional competency standards in the field of early childhood education. CDA coursework focuses on the developmental needs of children from birth to age five and the effective ways of providing for their early care and education. Nova Southeastern University’s nine credits of CDA coursework provide early childhood professionals with the training needed to apply for the National CDA Credential.

Who Should Apply

  • Advisors, coordinators, trainers, supervisors, administrators, directors, and other professionals in private schools, colleges and universities, human services and nonprofit organizations, hospitals, religious organizations, and the military who wish to obtain a certificate and/or increase their level of expertise in leadership.
  • Individuals with high school degrees or General Equivalency Diplomas (GED) who wish to pursue a career in the child care profession;
  • Practicing child care professionals who have already earned their 40-hour training and wish to advance their level of knowledge and credentialing;
  • Individuals with degrees or experience in other professions who wish to enter the child care profession.

For information about program availability and application deadlines, please send an e-mail to admissions@nova.edu.

For Students with a High School Diploma or GED

  • Completed admission application packet, including $50 nonrefundable application fee made payable to Nova Southeastern University;
  • Copy of high school transcripts with courses, grades, and graduation date (if available) or GED equivalent.

For Students with Previously Earned College Credits

  • Completed admission application packet, including $50 nonrefundable application fee made payable to Nova Southeastern University.
  • Copies of transcripts from all previously attended colleges and universities.
  • Copy of high school transcripts with courses, grades, and graduation date (if available) or GED equivalent are required for applicants with fewer than 24 college credits.

For Students with Degrees Earned Outside the United States

  • Completed admission application packet, including $50 nonrefundable application fee made payable to Nova Southeastern University.
  • Course-by-course transcript evaluation with GPA calculation and official English translation, if necessary, from Josef Silny & Associates, World Education Services, or other National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) member;
  • For non-native English speakers, official test scores showing a minimum score of 213 on the computer-based or 550 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam, 480 on the verbal section of the SAT, a grade of "C" or better in a composition course at a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S., or 6.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam.

Course Number Course Title Credits
ECA 101 Introduction to Early Childhood Education: Professionalism, Safety, Health, and Learning Environment 3
ECA 112 Introduction to Early Childhood Education: Physical, Cognitive, Communication, and Creative Development 3
ECA 114 Introduction to Early Childhood Education: Families, Schools, and Communities 3

TOTAL CREDITS: 9

Coursework for the CDA Credential is available to working professionals fully online. The online program allows students to receive and submit coursework and interact with participants and professors via the Internet, which allows busy professionals to complete their credential without having to leave their jobs or travel long distances.

Satisfactory completion of required coursework.

Requirements for National CDA Credential

Graduates who wish to pursue the National CDA Credential must contact the National CDA coordinating office of the Council for Professional Recognition. The national credential is recognized nationwide and it must be renewed on a regular basis. Information about the process can be found at http://www.cdacouncil.org/.

Undergraduate Admissions: 1-800-338-4723

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