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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

ChildCare Education Institute | Evaluated Learning Experience

CDA Renewal Certificate - Preschool (English and Spanish)


Varies (self-study, self-paced).

Various; distance learning format.

December 2023 - Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: define the requirements to establish and maintain a safe, healthy learning environment for preschool; identify the components to advance the physical, cognitive, communicative and creative development of infants and toddlers; define positive guidance techniques to support appropriate social and emotional development of infants and toddlers; list the guidelines to establish productive relationships with families; identify the components required to ensure a well-run, purposeful early childhood program responsive to the needs of the participants; and identify the requirements to maintain a commitment to professionalism.


This course is taught in an online module format consisting of ongoing and cumulative objective-based assessments (quizzes and final exam), open-ended essays, student activity, and observations/reflections. Students receive monitoring and feedback from personal Education Coaches throughout the process. The course focuses on the six CDA Competency Standards established by the Council for Professional Recognition in order to renew the National CDA Credential. Major topics include health safety and nutrition, child development, child assessment, classroom management and guidance, family partnerships, and professionalism.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 1 semester hour in Human/Child Development or Early Childhood Education (12/23). NOTE: Credit should only be awarded once for completion of renewal/refresher course.