Bilingual Setting This is a child development program with
specific goals for supporting bilingual development in children.
In this setting, two languages are consistently used and parent
involvement is encouraged to attain the program’s bilingual goals.
In addition to meeting all of the other standard requirements for
earning a CDA, candidates seeking this specialization will need to
show evidence (through a course description or syllabus) of hav-
ing had training in Principles of Dual Language Learning as part
of the required 120 clock hours. This would be indicated under
subject area 2: “Advancing children’s physical and intellectual
development.” When distributing the Family Questionnaires, the
candidate will ask the families to pay close attention in answering
question 14, which is specific to bilingual programs.
There will also be differences in the Professional Portfolio for
the bilingual candidate. For example, in the Resource Collection,
the candidate will present resources in both languages that are
used directly with families and children. These would include
Resource Collection items RC I–3, RC II, RC III, and RC IV. For
the Reflective Statements of Competence, the candidate will write
three in English and three in the second language. The candidate
will also need to include information in all six of the Reflective
Statements about how principles of dual-language learning are ap-
plied in daily practice with children. The Professional Philosophy
Statement may be written in either language.
The PD Specialist (the person who will conduct the verifica-
tion visit) chosen by the candidate must be proficient in both
languages and have had direct experience in bilingual early child-
hood programs and with groups that are non–English speaking.
The PD Specialist will conduct the reflective dialogue during the
verification visit in both languages. The observation must take
place in an early childhood program where both languages are
used consistently every day. The candidate will demonstrate her
use of the two languages during the observation. The Competency
Standards outlined in the Council’s Competency Standards books
have several specific dual-language indicators flagged, which the
PD Specialist will be looking for during the observation. The CDA
Exam may be taken in either English or Spanish. If the candidate
speaks a language other than Spanish, the exam will be taken in
English. During the reflective dialogue, the PD Specialist will
speak with the candidate in both languages.
Monolingual Setting In this child development program,
daily and consistent use of a language other than English is used.
In most cases, this second language is Spanish. However, if the can-
didate speaks a language other than Spanish, he or she will need
Facts about the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential and Process