Child Development  Associate Credential - Renewal

 

Why Should I renew my CDA?

The CDA renewal process gives you the opportunity to reaffirm your competence as a Child Development Associate.  In renewing your credential, you are also affirming your membership among professionals dedicated to quality care for young children.  Your interest in maintaining and building on your own competence will benefit you and the people with whom you work:  children, parents, co-workers, and fellow early childhood education professionals.

 

When should I renew my CDA?

The CDA credential is valid for three (3) years, after which you can renew it for periods of five (5) years. To determine the expiration date of your CDA, check the date that appears on your credential, or the date that appears on your last CDA Renewal credential, then add the number of years valid (written on the bottom part of the credential).

 

What is required for renewal?

It is the responsibility of the Renewal Candidate to complete the Application Form and to collect the required documentation…

• Letter of Recommendation by an Early Childhood Education Reviewer

• Current First Aid certification

• Transcript or Certificates showing 4.5 continuing education units (CEU’s) or a 3 credit hour course

• Letter on official letterhead verifying 80 hours of current work experience as a Caregiver

• Copy of membership card in a national or local Early Childhood professional organization

• Mail completed documentation and application along with a $50 renewal fee to Council for Professional Recognition~ 2460 16th Street, NW~ Washington, DC 20009-3575

 

Who can be an Early Childhood Education Reviewer?

The Early Childhood Education Reviewer can be an education coordinator, a co-worker, a center director, or a member of an early childhood organization which you belong. In addition, the Early Childhood Education Reviewer must meet required experience and education as determined by the Council for Professional Recognition.

 

How can I obtain early childhood training?

-A 3 credit hour course can be taken through a College or University offering Early Care and Education, this must be documented by a college transcript. Scholarships may be available by calling TEACH (317) 356-6884.

-4.5 Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) can be obtained through an agency or organization with expertise in early childhood teacher preparation such as your local Resource & Referral Agency, Vocational-Technical School or other approved early childhood training sites. Ten contact hours of participation in an organized continuing education experience under responsible sponsorship, capable direction, and qualified instruction equal one CEU.

 

How long will it take me to receive CEU's?

Ten contact hours of participation in an organized continuing education experience under responsible sponsorship, capable direction, and qualified instruction equal one CEU. Therefore, 4.5 CEU’s equal 45 contact hours of instruction.

 

How do I find out more information?

Contact Child Care Answers at (317) 636-5727 ext. 241

CDA Council's Website - www.cdacouncil.org

 

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