November’s guest speaker is Brocklin Qualls from the Center for Professional Recognition. Brocklin and I met this past summer at an early childhood summit prior to the NAEYC National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development (hosted in MN).
Brocklin is a seasoned educational leader with expertise in business development, strategic planning, program design, management, sales and professional development. As the Manager of Domestic and International Partnerships, he has created and managed major local, state, national and federal relationships with organizations and individuals responsible for assessing and credentialing early childhood teachers domestically and internationally.
Brocklin has prepared a brief message about the Child Development Associate Credential 2.0. 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.
Earning a CDA is a big commitment, but one that creates confident practitioners with command of today’s best practices for teaching young children. Practitioners need to complete 120 hours of formal early childhood education training. Practitioners are able to earn their formal early childhood education training hours through DCTC! Applicants for the CDA also need to complete 480 hours of professional work experience, create a professional portfolio, distribute and collect family questionnaires, and identify a CDA Professional Development Specialist (we can assist our students with this!)
Already have a CDA? Did you know that you are able to apply it to your early childhood education at DCTC? A CDA Credential is valid for three years from the award date. There are five criteria for renewal: Documented proof of a current Red Cross or other nationally recognized agency First Aid and Infant/Child (Pediatric) CPR certification; Documented proof of training in early childhood education/child development or mental health; Documented proof of recent (within one year) of a minimum of 80 hours worked with young children or families; A completed Letter of Recommendation Form regarding the CDA’s competence with young children prepared by an early childhood education (ECE) Reviewer; and Documented proof of current membership with a national or local early childhood professional organization. Did you know that taking a three-credit-hour course meets the requirement of documented proof of training in early childhood education/child development? We offer many early childhood courses each semester that could be used towards your CDA renewal.
Contact an Early Childhood & Youth Development advisor to learn more about the National CDA Certificate through DCTC.