Child Development Associate (CDA)

Child Development Associate (CDA)

Training Program

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Program Overview

The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential is based on a core set of competency standards, which guide early learning professionals as they work toward becoming highly-qualified teachers of young children.  The process to earning a CDA is a multi-step process involving continuing education, experience, and observation.

Once students successfully complete the Del Mar College Continuing Education CDA Program, students will have earned the required 120 training hours and completed the required portfolio.

Del Mar College offers both of the following Child Development Associate (CDA) Credentials:

  • Infant Toddler, children 0 to 36 months of age
  • Preschool, children 3 to 5 years of age

Course specifics

Course Code Course Name
CDEC 1007 Plan Safe Learning Environment
CDEC 1051 Advancing Children's Dev
CDEC 1051 Supporting Children's Dev
CDEC 1091 Build Relations with Families
CDEC 1010 Managing Child Care Operation
CDEC 2000 Commitment to Professionalism
CDEC 1094 Observe Record Child Behavior
CDEC 1008 Understand Child Learning

Admissions Requirement

  • Must be 18 years of age 
  • Complete the form below:

CDA Credential Requirements

Del Mar College's CDA program is here to help prepare students earn a CDA credential. Upon completing all CDA classes offered by DMC, students must complete all items below before earning their CDA credential.
  • Successfully complete 120-hour CDA Continuing Education training with no fewer than 10 training hours in each of the eight CDA subject areas.
  • Complete CDA portfolio.
  • Complete 480 training hours within three (3) years at a child care facility.
  • Submitted application to the Child Development Associate National Credentialing Program.

Testing information

Students who meet all the CDA credential requirements will submit their application to the Child Development Associate National Credentialing Program. From there, the council of the organization will work with the student to set up a proctored test to ensure they meet the CDA requirements.

For more information regarding the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential, please visit the CDA Council website.

For more information on scholarships for the CDA Credentialing Assessment Fee, please visit the CDA Council's scholarship page.

  • Summer 2024 Schedule

    Plan Safe Learning Environment - CDEC 1007

    • HYBRID: 07/17/24 - 07/26/24

    Advancing Children's Development - CDEC 1051

    • HYBRID: 07/31/24 - 08/09/24

    Supporting Children's Development - CDEC 1051

    • HYBRID: 08/14/24 - 08/23/24

    Build Relations with Families - CDEC 1091

    • HYBRID: 08/28/24 - 09/06/24

Register for Continuing Education courses here

Page last updated May 9, 2024.

Contact Information

Continuing Education
101 Baldwin Blvd.
Corpus Christi, TX 78404

(361) 698-1328

3209 S. Staples St.
Corpus Christi, TX 78411