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Delaware County Community College, Serving Delaware and Chester Counties

Child Development Associate, Certificate of Competency

Effective: Fall 2017

The Child Development Associate Certificate of Competency (ECA) is intended for students who wish to earn the national Child Development Associate Credential (CDA) from the Council for Professional Recognition. Earning the national credential will prepare the student for entry-level positions in early care and education programs. The ECA certificate meets the required professional development for earning the CDA and prepares the student to complete their Professional Portfolio and Resource file. There are optional internships available to assist the student in acquiring the 480 hours of professional experience required to earn the CDA. There are additional requirements for assessment that are outside the scope of this certificate.  See the Council for Professional Recognition website for more information on earning the CDA,

The ECA Certificate seamlessly articulates into the Associate of Art in Early Childhood Education program of study.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this certificate, students should be able to:
Identify the characteristics of  a safe, healthy learning environment

  • Describe how child development, curriculum and assessment interact to advance children’s  physical and intellectual competence
  • Describe positive guidance strategies to support social and emotional development
  • Describe strategies to establish positive and productive relationships with families
  • Describe how professionals contribute to a well-run, purposeful program responsive to participant needs
  • Articulate a commitment to professionalism

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First Semester (3 credits)

ECE 100 - Principles of Early Childhood Education3

Second Semester (3 credits)

ECE 130 - Early Childhood Development3

Third Semester (4 credits)

ECE 112 - Developing a Professional Portfolio and Resource File for ECE1
Please pick one of the following courses highlighted in blue:
ECE 140 - Integrated Curriculum and Assessment3
ECE 110 - Infant/Toddler Care and Education3

Total Credits: 10-20

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