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Child Development for CDA and Assessment Preparation

Delta College LifeLong Learning in partnership with the Great Start To Quality Resource Center Eastern Region is now offering a 120 hour comprehensive training opportunity to assist candidates in obtaining their CDA credential. A Child Development Associate (CDA) is an individual who has successfully completed the CDA assessment process and has been awarded the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™. CDAs are able to meet the specific needs of children and work with parents and other adults to nurture children's physical, social, emotional, and intellectual growth in a child development framework. This course is designed for those interested in preparing for the Child Development Associate (CDA) Assessment.

Course Format

This course is designed for those interested in preparing for the Child Development Associate (CDA) Assessment and fulfills Step 1 of the credentialing process of 120 hours of professional education.

This course is set up in a blended format with the following components:

  • 60.5 hours of classroom instruction including group activities
  • 59.5 hours of independent on-line study including textbook readings, exercises, and peer discussion boards
  • 13 hours of "CDA 2.0" Competency Standards Book assembly


You must complete 120 hours of formal early childhood education training, covering the growth and development of children aged from birth to 5 years, with no fewer than 10 training hours in each of the following subject areas:

  • Planning a safe and healthy learning environment
  • Advancing children's physical and intellectual development
  • Supporting children's social and emotional development
  • Building productive relationships with families
  • Managing an effective program operation
  • Maintaining a commitment to professionalism
  • Observing and recording children's behavior
  • Understanding principles of child development and learning

Choose a CDA Setting that is right for you


You may apply for one credential setting at a time. When applying for another credential, you must complete another application and assessment process.

You may earn your credential is the following settings:

*Source: CDA

Why should I obtain the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™?

  • Earning the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ has many advantages, including motivating caregivers toward continuing education and providing a platform for professional and career opportunities. Many view the CDA Credential as an instrument for career advancement in the early childhood care and education profession. The Council works to ensure that it is a credible and valid credential, recognized by the profession as a vital part of a coordinated system of professional development.
  • Individuals who earn the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ may be eligible to articulate up to 6 academic credits towards the CD111W and CD115PW courses within the  Child Development - Associate In Applied Arts degree (see NOTES section for specific articulation details).  For more questions related to the Academic Child Development degrees and certificate track please visit:


What is the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™?

The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ is the most widely recognized credential in early childhood education (ECE) and is a key stepping stone on the path of career advancement in ECE. The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ is based on a core set of competency standards, which guide early care professionals as they work toward becoming qualified teachers of young children. The Council works to ensure that the nationally-transferable CDA is a credible and valid credential, recognized by the profession as a vital part of professional development. CDAs have knowledge of how to put the CDA Competency Standards into practice and understanding of why those standards help children move with success from one developmental stage to another. Put simply, CDAs know how to nurture the emotional, physical, intellectual, and social development of children. Earning the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ has many advantages, including exposure to the larger community of early childhood educators. Over 300,000 educators have received their CDA to date! Becoming a CDA is a big commitment, but one that creates confident practitioners with command of today’s best practices for teaching young children.


Benefits of The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™

  • Advance your career
  • Meet job requirements
  • Reinforce your commitment to early childhood education
  • Provide parents with peace of mind
  • Understand developmentally appropriate practice
  • Increase your confidence

Steps to Earning The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™


* does not apply to the Home Visitor setting

IMPORTANT NOTE: In the new CDA credentialing process, the observation of a Candidate in the classroom is part of the Verification Visit that takes place AFTER the Candidate submits the CDA application. Please refer to the overview of the new credentialing process.


1. Admission
Students must go through Admission to Delta College. There are several ways to apply to Delta College. For an admissions application, office hours and other important information please contact the Admissions Office.

1. You may apply online. Select "Non-Academic LifeLong Learning, ND.11000" as your Program of Study.

2. You may also apply in person within the Admissions Office and pick-up the application. Your application will be processed while you are at the college and you will receive your student number.

NOTE: COMPASS® Testing is not required for this program.

2. High School Diploma or GED® Test Credential
It is a requirement that students have attained a high school diploma or GED® test credential (not a high school certificate of completion) prior to registration of this program. If you do not meet this requirement, you may qualify for an exception through the CDA Council.

3. Be 18 years of age or older

State of Michigan Licensing Rules For Family And Group Child Care Homes

An applicant for a Family or Group Child Care Home license must meet all requirements for licensure before submitting an application to the State. Please visit the State of Michigan's Department of Human Services website for more information.


Good Moral Character

R 400.1151 License issuance. Rule 1. (1) A license, approval, or registration for a child care organization, as defined by Act No. 116 of the Public Acts of 1973, as amended, being §722.111 et seq. of the Michigan Compiled Laws, or an adult foster care facility, as defined by Act No. 218 of the Public Acts of 1979, as amended, being §400.701 et seq. of the Michigan Compiled Laws, shall not be issued by the department of social services if the license applicant lacks good moral character.

(2) For the purposes of criminal background investigations, “license applicant” means a licensee, a registrant, or a person with direct responsibility for daily operation of the facility to be licensed or approved.

            Please see section R 400.1152 for a list of specific offenses evidencing lack of good moral character; applicability.

            Due to Appendix A of the Licensing Rules For Family And Group Child Care Homes


Textbooks are required for this course for this course. You may purchase your book through the Delta College Bookstore:

Online: Order your book online at
By Phone: You can place your textbook order by phone 989-686-9030
In Person: Purchase textbooks in person on main campus in the bookstore

In addition, the CDA 2.0 Competency Standards Book is required and available for purchase through the CDA Council.

Cost & Schedule 

Cost: $575
Course Number: CDX-2000

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Overall dates: 4/10/15 - 6/19/15
Classroom dates: Fridays; 4/10, 4/24, 5/8, 5/22, 6/5, 6/12, 6/19
                               Saturdays; 4/11, 4/25, 5/9, 5/23, 6/6, 6/13
Time: Fridays; 6pm - 9pm & Saturdays; 8am - 4pm
Location: Delta College Main Campus


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LifeLong Learning Personnel has made every reasonable effort to determine that everything stated in this guide was accurate at the time it was published. Programs and Testing Services offered and related fees, with other matters contained therein, are subject to change or cancellation without notice by Delta College LifeLong Learning for reasons related to student enrollment, or for any reason, at the discretion of the college. Delta College LifeLong Learning reserves the right to cancel class and test sessions.

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