• Child Development Associate

    Career Pathway Certificate

    Program Outcomes:

    The 12 credits of education provides the necessary 120 clock hours of formal childcare education (in eight subject areas) needed to meet the education requirements to obtain the nationally-recognized CDA (Child Development Associate) credential.

    Those subject areas are:

    1. Planning a safe, healthy learning environment
    2. Steps to advance children’s physical and intellectual development
    3. Positive ways to support children’s social and emotional development
    4. Strategies to establish productive relationships with families
    5. Strategies to manage an effective program operation
    6. Maintaining a commitment to professionalism
    7. Observing and recording children’s behavior
    8. Principles of child development and learning


    The Child Development Associate (CDA) credential is a nationally-recognized assessment system of standards that defines, acknowledges and evaluates the competency of the ECE practitioner, which in turn helps enhance the quality of early childhood care and education settings. In Oregon, the CDA may be an in-charge early childhood care and education practitioner in family-based settings, as well as in certain child development centers. At Clackamas, we offer this certificate of completion that acts as an initial pathway to obtaining first the CDA credential and then either the one-year certificate and/or two-year AAS degree in Early Childhood Education & Family Studies.

    For information contact Dawn Terrill, 503-594-6158 or dawnt@clackamas.edu  

    Child Development Associate

    • Complete the following requirements.

    • ECE-130 Introduction to Child Development Associate 
      ECE-131 Physical Activity/Movementin ECE Programs 
      ECE-132 Positive Child Guidance in ECE 
      ECE-133 Infant-Toddler Development 
      ECE-134 Health & Safety Issues in ECE 
      ECE-135 Self-Esteem in the ECE Classroom 
      ECE-136 Observing & Recording Children's Behavior 
      ECE-137 Developing the Classroom Environment 
      ECE-138 Family-School Relationships 
      ECE-139 Program Management in ECE 
      ECE-140 Preschool Development 
      ECE-141 Outdoors & Children's Learning 
  • Contact our Education, Human Services and Criminal Justice Department

    Oregon City - 19600 Molalla Avenue, Oregon City, Oregon 97045

    Call us: 503-594-3203

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