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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

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:  Call our office at 931-221-7585 to register for one of the Tuition Assistance Orientations based upon the college of your choice, see below.


Tuition Assistance Orientations for Fall 2018


Saturday, June 2, 2018

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

Call 931-221-7585 to register to attend one of the following meetings:

Thursday, May 3, 2018
Thursday, June 28, 2018

Both meetings 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