CDA Guide

Topics: Childhood, Early childhood education, Profession Pages: 29 (7588 words) Published: November 7, 2014
2.0

Effective
June 1, 2013

Transition Guide
Revised
Now includes info on:
The Professional Portfolio............ p. 6
The Reflective Dialogue.............. p. 12
Second Settings, Renewals......... p. 23

October, 2012

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Introduction . ............................................................................................... 1 Overview of CDA 2.0 . .................................................................................. 2 Comparison of the Current and Future CDA Credentialing Processes . ....... 4 The New Professional Portfolio Requirements............................................. 6 The Reflective Dialogue Process................................................................. 12 The CDA 2.0 Exam...................................................................................... 15 The CDA Professional Development Specialist........................................... 16 The Upcoming 2013 Transition . ................................................................ 19 Additional Frequently Asked Questions .................................................... 20 For Further Information ............................................................................ 24

In order to ensure that the information contained in this Transition Guide is communicated consistently, please copy and distribute the contents of this Guide directly rather than paraphrasing any text found within.

The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ is the most widely recognized credential in early childhood education (ECE) and is the best first step on the path of career advancement in ECE. The distinctive CDA Credential is the only nationally-recognized, portable, reciprocal, competency-based credential of its kind in the country. The Child Development Associate (CDA) National Credentialing Program™ is the unique teacher credentialing process, administered by the Council for Professional Recognition, which results in the award of the CDA Credential. The Program uses a specific set of time-tested, research-based tools to determine early childhood teacher competency, based on multiple sources of evidence. Having the CDA Credential from the Council for Professional Recognition verifies that teachers have the ability to put the Council’s nationally-recognized CDA Competency Standards into practice and the understanding of why those Standards help children move with success from one developmental stage to another. Over the past forty years, more than 300,000 educators have received the Preschool, Infant/Toddler, Family Child Care or Home Visiting Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™! Copyright © 2012 by the Council for Professional Recognition. All rights reserved. The Council for Professional Recognition allows for redistribution of the contents of this Transition Guide, as long as it is passed along unchanged in part or in whole.

Introduction
Dear CDA Community,
Here at the Council for Professional Recognition we are so excited about the upcoming evolution of the Child Development Associate (CDA) National Credentialing Program™! When we first announced the details of CDA 2.0 at the NAEYC Professional Development Institute this past June, we were met with enthusiastic cheers, applause and gratitude (with a little trepidation mixed in). Since then, we have been overwhelmed by the positive calls, emails, letters and conversations offering support, encouragement and even excitement about the upcoming changes to the CDA credentialing process.

I am pleased to tell you that we have set June 1, 2013 as the official start date of CDA 2.0. Please remember that we are calling it “CDA 2.0” for now, as a way of increasing awareness. However, as of June 1, it will simply be called the “Child Development Associate (CDA) National Credentialing System™,” as it always has. The CDA earned now and the CDA earned after June 1 will have the same value to the...
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