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How to obtain your CDA Credential to receive your Associate Teacher Permit through Theoria Technical College
There are two options for qualifying for the Child Development Associate Teacher Permit. Of those two options, Theoria Technical College’s programs are optimized to guide students towards fulfilling the second option, which is possessing a Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential.
There are six steps to receiving the CDA Credential through Theoria, a proud partner of the CDA, provides everything it can to help students through the process.
Theoria Technical College’s curriculum fulfills the first step of having 120 hours of education in the eight CDA subject areas. The subject areas are as follows:
Planning a safe and healthy learning environment
Advancing children's physical and intellectual development
Supporting children's social and emotional development
Building productive relationships with families
Managing an effective program operation
Maintaining a commitment to professionalism
Observing and recording children's behavior
Understanding the principles of child development and learning
The following Theoria Technical College courses will fulfill this:
ECE-100 CHILD GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT
ECE-200 CHILD, FAMILY, & COMMUNITY
ECE-300 CURRICULUM THEORIES, METHODS, AND MATERIALS
ECE-400 INFANT AND TODDLER DEVELOPMENT & CARE
ECE-500 EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM ADMINISTRATION & MANAGEMENT
ECE-600 PREVENTIVE HEALTH, SAFETY, AND NUTRITION WITH PEDIATRIC CPR & 1ST AID
Furthermore, the practicum requirements of each ECE class contribute to the fulfillment of the second requirement, which is having 480 hours of experience working professionally. However, the practicum required for Theoria’s courses alone may not necessarily fulfill the entire 480 hours, so the candidate must be sure to have the entire 480 hours of experience completed within 3 years after applying for CDA.
The candidate will compile a Professional Portfolio which includes verification of education (your Theoria Transcripts), family questionnaires, and CDA® Assessor recommendation.
Once the candidate has finished the 480 hours of experience and compiled their Professional Portfolios, the candidate can look to Theoria’s faculty to find a Home Visit CDA Professional Development Specialist (CDAPDS) for the CDA Verification Visit. The candidate will then send to the Council an enrollment application for the CDA program and pay the CDA application fee. Once this is completed and the application and fee have been processed, the candidate will receive approval that the application is complete, and the fee has been processed.
The Verification Visit will be conducted by the candidate’s chosen CDAPDS. The candidate will also take a CDA Exam at a local PearsonVUE testing center.
After the candidate has completed the CDA Verification Visit, the CDAPDS will submit the Verification Visit scores to the Council. Once the CDA Exam is completed, Pearson VUE sends the scores to the Council. Once the Council has received the scores from both, the Council will make the final decision on whether or not to award the CDA Credential.
For more information, please contact our Student Services Department at (760) 487-8436.