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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 scholarships 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, mentor and advisor support. 

The Council's website is

For more information, contact

Jennifer Jackson

Phone: (931) 221-7309