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Welcome to today’s Information Session. Please download a copy of the CDA 2.0 Transition Guide at cdacouncil.org/cda2013. Will be effective as of June 1, 2013. What is “ CDA 2.0 ”?.

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Welcome to today s information session

Welcome to today’sInformation Session

Please download

a copy of the CDA 2.0 Transition Guide at cdacouncil.org/cda2013


Will be effective as of june 1 2013

Will be effective as of June 1, 2013


What is cda 2 0

What is “CDA 2.0 ”?

  • The term “CDA 2.0” is the Council’s way of letting the early childhood community know that the CDA credentialing system is about to be updated, on June 1, 2013, streamlining the process and making it even more valuable as a professional development experience for Candidates.

  • Once the new system goes into effect, we will stop using the term “2.0” because, at that point, it will be the one and only Child Development Associate (CDA) National Credentialing Program™.


Candidate assessment

Candidate Assessment

  • The credentialing system is built upon the the CDA Competency Goals and Functional Areas

  • Every Candidate will be required to:

    • collect evidence of competence into the Professional Portfolio

    • compose a Professional Philosophy Statement and six Reflective Statements of Competence

    • be observed working with young children

    • participate in a reflective dialogue

    • take the CDA Exam


Candidate s knowledge and competencies will be determined using two factors

Candidate’s knowledge and competencies will be determined using two factors:

Both the CDA Exam and Verification Visit Comprehensive Scoring Instrument were designed using the CDA Competency Goals and Functional Areas, which will remain unchanged.


The r o r model

The R. O. R. Model ™

Components of the Verification Visit that will contribute to the assessment of Candidate competency


Credentialing determination

Credentialing Determination

Upon completion of the Exam, the Candidate’s scores in each of the 13 CDA Functional Areas will be immediately transmitted to the Council.

Based on their findings from the Verification Visit, the PD Specialist will submit their Recommended Scores to the Council online.

The Council will then combine the two sets of scores into a final Cumulative

Score which will determine Candidate credentialing. Awarded or denied,

the Candidate will also receive feedback on their strengths and areas of

growth in each of the CDA Functional Areas.


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Comparison of the Current andFutureCDA Credentialing Processes


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Step 1: Anytime before Application

Current CDA

Credentialing Process

“CDA 2.0”

Credentialing Process

Minimum of high school diploma/GED

or

Enrolled in a high school vocational program

Minimum of high school diploma/GED

or

Enrolled in a high school vocational program

120 hours of education in 8 Subject Areas


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Step 2: Before Application

Current CDA

Credentialing Process

(within 5 years)

“CDA 2.0”

Credentialing Process

(within 3 years)

120 hours of training in

8 Subject Areas

480 hours of experience

480 hours of experience


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Step 3: Within Six Months before Application

Current CDA

Credentialing Process

“CDA 2.0”

Credentialing Process

Observation by CDA Advisor (chosen by the candidate)

Professional Resource File (PRF) completed by Candidate

Parent Questionnaires (PQ) gathered by Candidate

Professional Portfolio completed by Candidate

Family Questionnaires (FQ) gathered by the Candidate


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Step 4: Application

Current CDA

Credentialing Process

“CDA 2.0”

Credentialing Process

  • Candidate sends to the Council:

  • Application

  • Fee

  • Transcripts and/or Certificates of training

  • Candidate sends to the Council:

  • Application

  • Fee

  • Candidate receives approval that application is complete and fee

  • was processed


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Step 5: Council Approval of Completed Application

Current CDA

Credentialing Process

(approval within 3 months)

“CDA 2.0”

Credentialing Process

(approval within 30 days)

  • Verification Visit conducted by CDA Professional Development Specialist (chosen by Candidate):

  • Review of PP, FQs, transcripts/Certificates

  • Observation

  • Reflective Dialogue

  • Candidate takes CDA Exam at a local PearsonVUE center

  • Verification Visit conducted by Council Representative (assigned by Council):

  • Early Childhood Studies Review exam

  • Oral Interview

  • Review of PRF and PQs


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Step 6: After Verification Visit

Current CDA

Credentialing Process

“CDA 2.0”

Credentialing Process

Council Representative mails Verification Visit results to the Council

Professional Development Specialist sends Verification Visit scores to the Council online

PearsonVue sends exam scores to the Council online

Step 7: Council awards or denies CDA Credential


The 2013 transition plan

The 2013 Transition Plan

  • Any Candidate whose application is received by the Council with a postmark date on or before May 31, 2013 will use the current CDA Credentialing process. The Candidate will be assigned a Council Representative who will conduct the Verification Visit, even if that Visit takes place after June 1.All applications using the current CDA Credentialing process, that therefore include Verification Visits by Council Reps, will be completed by August 31, 2013.

  • Any Candidate whose application is received by the Council with a postmark date on or after June 1, 2013 will use the “CDA 2.0” Credentialing process . The Candidate will need to choose a CDA Professional Development Specialist to conduct the Verification Visit and will need to take the CDA Exam at a local PearsonVUE testing center.


For more information

For More Information

Sign Up for the CounciLINK Newsletter

Be sure to keep up with all the news from the Council. CounciLINK, our monthly newsletter, is our primary way to provide you with the most current information you need to succeed! If you are not yet on our emailing list, please sign up: www.cdacouncil.org/newsletter.

Email Us

Have other CDA 2.0-related questions or concerns? Please feel free to contact Richard Cohen, Director of Communications, Partnerships and New Initiatives, at [email protected] or Mary LaMantia, Manager of the CDA Professional Development Specialist Program, at [email protected]


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