Early Childhood Development
The Arkansas Early Childhood Professional Development System defines the Child Development Associate (CDA) as an individual who has successfully completed 120 clock hours of study, has completed CDA assessment, and has been awarded the CDA credential.
After completing the class work and the practicum, a student will be eligible to take the CDA final assessment administered by the Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education in the Arkansas Department of Human Services. Additionally, the individual will
- demonstrate competence in meeting the specific needs of children
- have the ability to work with parents and other adults to nurture children’s physical, social, emotional, and intellectual growth in a child development framework.
The College Catalog/Student Handbook has more details about this degree.