Certificate of Completion in Childhood Development Associate

Division of Social Sciences — Curriculum Code: 0204

Will Earn Upon Program Completion: Certificate of Completion


Why become a Childhood Development Associate?

This program offers three courses that will prepare students to take the national Childhood Development Certification (CDA) exam. The courses provide the theoretical and practical foundation for obtaining a CDA certification, which is necessary for working as a paraprofessional teacher in an early childhood classroom.

If I complete the Childhood Development Associate Certificate of Completion program, can I transfer to an upper-division college or university?

This program is career-oriented and not designed for transfer.

Are there any requirements I must satisfy before I start taking courses?

You must be a high school graduate or possess a GED. You also need to have accumulated (within the past five years) or be in the process of accumulating a total of 480 hours of experience working with children ages three through five in a group setting.

How long will it take for me to complete this program?

Depending upon your prior education and work experience, you may complete the certificate of completion in one year.

Where should I direct specific questions about this program?

Call the Division at (973) 877-3250.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of the early childhood educational theories and classroom best practices;
  • Identify and implement age-specific activities that enhance the physical and cognitive growth and/or the social and emotional development of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers;
  • Describe and demonstrate how to establish a safe, healthy learning environment that includes developing and maintaining positive, productive relationships with families; and
  • Communicate effectively with accurate ‘educational/pedagogical’ terminology in written and/or oral form, with a demonstrated proficiency in the use of technology.



(11 credits)

ECE 101 Early Care and Education I (4 credits)
ECE 102 Early Care and Education II (4 credits)
ECE 103 Early Care and Education Fieldwork (3 credits)

Total Credits Required for Certificate of Completion: 11



First Semester
ECE 101 Early Care and Education I (4 credits)

Second Semester
ECE 102 Early Care and Education II (4 credits)
ECE 103 Early Care and Education Fieldwork (3 credits)

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