Q. What is the CDA Credential?



What is the CDA Credential?

The Child Development Associate Credential from the Council for Professional Recognition is a national credential awarded to early childhood educators who meet competency standards in both education and experience. Competency is measured by completing:

  • 120 hours of professional education
  • 480 hours of professional experience
  • A professional portfolio
  • Statements of competence
  • Family questionnaires

You can find more information by visiting the CDA page in the School of Education Guide (see below!).


  • Last Updated May 18, 2016
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  • Answered By Cassie Sampson, Education & General Education Librarian

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