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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

Online College Credit Eligible CDA Certificate


155 hours (up to one year).

Online throughout the U.S.

January 2008 - December 2015.

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: identify the requirements of a safe, healthy learning environment; establish and maintain a safe, healthy environment for young children; define emotional and cognitive development; advance the physical, cognitive, communicative and creative development of young children; utilize positive guidance techniques to support development of child; make and keep anecdotal records in the four broad areas of child development; develop an assessment checklist based on developmental milestones; conduct parent interviews/conferences and conduct observations of children and programs in an early childhood environment; establish productive relationships with families; identify components required to ensure a well-run, purposeful program responsive to participants' needs; and list requirements to maintain a commitment to professionalism and to document professional growth.


This course is taught in an online module format (with three required textbooks) consisting of on-going and cumulative competency based assessments (quizzes and final exam), open-ended essays, student activities and observations/reflections. Students receive on-going monitoring and feedback from personal Education Coaches. The course exceeds the clock hours required by the Council for Professional Recognition in order to obtain the National CDA Credential. Units focus on the six competency standards.

Credit recommendation: 
In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 10 semester hours in Human/Child Development or Early Childhood Education (11/10).