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Child Development Associate Credential

What is a CDA?

A Child Development Associate is an individual who has successfully completed the assessment process and has been awarded the CDA Credential.  CDA's are able to meet the needs of children, work with parents and other adults to nurture children's physical, social, emotional and intellectual growth in a child development framework.                                           

How does TECTA support the CDA candidate?

TECTA provides tuition assistance and loaned books for students to take four early childhood education courses that fulfill the training requirement. The four courses are:

TECTA also provides the candidate with a CDA Competency Standards Book, Professional Portfolio support, Assignment of a Professional Development Specialist, application assistance and a $425 application scholarship.

Does TECTA issue the CDA Credential?

The Council for Professional Recognition is the grantor of the CDA Credential.  TECTA assists students in the process of attaining their credential through tuition assistance, coaching and Verification Visit support. The Council's website is www.cdacouncil.org

For more information regarding the CDA credential, contact Jennifer Jackson at (931) 221-7309.

Are you ready to begin?

Step 1: The first step is to complete a TECTA Orientation.  (Visit our Orientation Page for more info.)  

Step 2:  Attend one College Application Meeting based upon the college of your choice, see below.


College Application Meetings for Spring 2018


Saturday, September 30, 2017

This meeting will take place at 3:00 p.m. in Room 120 at 
Waymon L Hickman Building
Columbia State Community College
1665 Hampshire Pike
Columbia, TN 38401

(choose one meeting)

Thursday, October 5, 2017
Thursday, November 16, 2017

Every meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. in Room 137 at 
Nashville State Community College, Clarksville Campus
1760 Wilma Rudolph Boulevard
Clarksville, TN 37040

Please bring a pen, paper and a $20.00 check or money order payable to NSCC for your application fee.