Certificate of Proficiency in

Early Childhood Education

Major Code
Required Hours
Helena-West Helena

All students are required to have current Community First Aid Cards for CDA Assessment

This training provides students with the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills to pass the CDA Assessment and Competency Standards for Infant/Toddler, Preschool and/or Family Childcare Caregivers. The Child Development Associate Credential is awarded through the Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition. This is a national credential recognized in 49 states and the District of Columbia.


  1. 18 years or older.
  2. High school diploma or equivalent
  3. Be able to speak, read, and write well enough to fulfill responsibilities
  4. Sign a statement of ethical conduct
  5. Must be employed as the lead caregiver in a group of at least 8 children ages 3-5 (10 children must be enrolled in the total program)
  6. 480 hours of experiece working with children ages birth to 5 years (within the last five years)


  1. Minimum of 120 clock hours of formal CDA training (minimum of 10 hours in each area):
    1. safety, health and learning environment
    2. social and emotional development
    3. management of program operation
    4. observing and recording children’s behavior
    5. physical and intellectual development
    6. developing interpersonal relationships
    7. commitment to teaching and professionalism
    8. child growth and development
  2. Observations on teaching site
  3. Writing resume, portfolio, competency statements
  4. All training necessary to pass the CDA Assessment
  5. CPR for Infants and Children.


A fee of $350 is assessed for Early Childhood Field Experience I (ECD 1001) and $375 is assessed for Field Experience II (ECD 1101). For information call Joyce Hargrove, (870) 673-4201, ext. 1840 or 946-3506, ext. 1629, or Yvette Robertson at (870) 338-6474, ext. 1307.

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Division of Arts and Sciences

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