Course Catalog

CDA Preparation - CE71 Technical Certificate of Credit

Program Description: The Early Childhood Care and Education CDA Preparation TCC (Child Development Associate Preparation) program is a three course sequence of courses designed to prepare students for the Child Development Associate national credential issued by the Council for Professional Recognition (out of Washington DC). The three courses in this TCC provide students with the knowledge and skills needed for the national credential and provide information on the development of the portfolio required of the Council. Graduates have qualifications to be employed in early care and education settings including child care centers, Head Start and Georgia Pre-K programs.

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  • Submit a completed application and application fee
  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • Submit official high school transcript or High School Equivalency transcript or college transcripts showing successful completion of 60+ semester credits or 72+ quarter credits
  • Submit official college transcripts, if applicable
  • Present acceptable ACCUPLACER, ACT, ASSET, COMPASS, PSAT, or SAT scores, Georgia Milestones Literature/Composition or Georgia Milestones American Literature/Composition (for meeting English requirement only) or GED score of 145 or higher, or have one of the following: an associate degree or higher or have a High School overall GPA of 2.0, a HOPE Scholarship GPA of 2.6 or higher after the completion of 10th grade, or have 2 years documented work experience in the subject area. Documentation on a college transcript of successful completion of appropriate courses from a regionally accredited college or university may be accepted in lieu of test scores.

  • This program is a HOPE Career Grant eligible program for students who are HOPE Grant eligible. The Career Grant award is a fixed amount per semester based on the number of credit hours taken. Maximum award per term is $500.
Occupational Courses 11
ECCE 1101 Introduction to Early Childhood Care and Education 3
ECCE 1105 Health, Safety and Nutrition 3
ECCE 1125 Professionalism-CDA Certification Preparation 2
ECCE 1103 Child Growth and Development 3
Faculty & Staff

Early Childhood Care & Education Program Coordinator, Valdosta Campus

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