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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:

  • ECED 2310 - Safe, Healthy Learning Environment
  • ECED 2335 - Initial Practicum
  • ECED 2315 - Early Childhood Curriculum
  • ECED 2340 - Family Dynamics and Community Involvement

TECTA also provides the candidate with a CDA Manual, 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 

For more information regarding the CDA credential, contact
Jennifer Jackson

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

College Application Meetings for Fall 2017

Nashville State Community College (choose one meeting)

Thursday, March 2, 2017
Thursday, April 6, 2017
Thursday, May 4, 2017

Every meeting will take place at 6:00 p.m. in Room 137 at 
Nashville State Community College, Clarksville Campus
1760 Wilma Rudolph Boulevard
Clarksville, TN 37040

Columbia State Community College

Saturday, June 10, 2017

This meeting will take place at 1:00 p.m. in Room 120 at 
Waymon L Hickman Building
Columbia State Community College
1665 Hampshire Pike
Columbia, TN 38401

For more information regarding the College Application Meetings, contact the TECTA at APSU office at (931) 221-7585.