I think the ability to let parents know I’ve taken all these classes and have this credential will show them how much we care about their preschoolers. Many parents in this area are looking for professional training and the utmost in care for their children, and I believe the MLC Educator Series has helped me achieve that.
I take away so much from these courses, not just because of the content, but by the way these instructors present the material for real application. I’m making lessons as assignments that I’m taking straight to my classroom.
The Early Childhood CDA Prep Series is designed to provide current early childhood teachers with an understanding of developmentally appropriate practices in early childhood especially as it applies to a Lutheran ministry context. The series provides a solid foundation for early childhood ministry and prepares teachers for earning the preschool CDA Credential.
Are You Interested in Adding an Early Childhood Credential to Your Résumé?
Prepare to Earn Your Preschool Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™
A. Anytime before you apply for the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™
Earn a high school diploma
Complete the MLC early childhood CDA Prep courses. A student must obtain a course grade of C or higher for the course to count toward requirements of the certificate program. This means that any course with a grade of C- or lower will not help fulfill the requirements needed toward completing the program. A student may elect to retake a course if a grade of C- or lower was earned. EDU9105 Early Childhood Basics I 1 Credit Meets requirements for the Child Development Associate Credential (CDA) and meets Competency Standard I and VI. Provides orientation to CDA requirements and addresses functional areas related to safety, health, the learning environment, and a commitment to professionalism. EDU9106 Early Childhood Basics II 1 Credit Enables participants to advance their students’ physical and intellectual competence. Meets CDA Competency Standards II and V, which include physical and cognitive development, communication, creativity, and observation and assessment. EDU9107 Early Childhood Basics III 1 Credit Enables participants to support their students’ social and emotional development and to provide positive guidance, to establish positive and productive relationships with families, and to ensure a well-run, purposeful program that is responsive to student needs. Meets CDA Competency Standards III, IV, and V.
B. Within 3 years of submitting application for Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™
Obtain 480 hours of professional work experience in a center-based setting with children ages 3-5 years old.
C. Within 6 months of submitting application for Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™
Prepare your professional portfolio following the detailed instructions in your Competency Standards Handbook given to you by MLC. You can work on this as you complete each course.
Find a CDA Professional Development (PD) Specialist.