to contact the Council to make special arrangements for locating
an eligible PD Specialist who speaks that language and for special
accommodations for taking the CDA Exam. There will probably
be an additional fee for these accommodations.
Besides meeting all of the other standard requirements for
earning a CDA, the monolingual candidate will ask the families to
complete the Family Questionnaires in either Spanish or English.
In the Professional Portfolio, the Resource Collection items RC
I–3, RC II, RC III, and RC IV, all of the Competency Statements,
and the Professional Philosophy Statement, must be completed in
The PD Specialist chosen by the candidate will be proficient
in Spanish and will observe the candidate working with families
and children who speak Spanish as the predominant language.
The candidate will speak Spanish during the observation. The
CDA Exam may be taken in either English or Spanish. During the
reflective dialogue, the PD Specialist will converse with the candi-
date in Spanish.
Special Education Setting This child development setting
serves children who have moderate to severe special needs. Setting
criteria will be the same as for center-based preschool, center-based
infant/toddler, or family child care, based on the children’s ages
and the type of program.
In any of the settings mentioned already, a candidate may
either be employed or working as a volunteer (Council for
Professional Recognition 2006, 2013).
The CDA Process
The CDA process includes five stages: prepare, apply, demonstrate,
earn, renew. Several parts of this process are completed even before
you submit your application to the Council. These are the five stages:
Any time before applying, the candidate must have the required
education (have a high school diploma or GED or be in high
school enrolled in an early childhood career/tech early childhood
program) and have completed the required 120 clock hours of
training, including ten hours in each of the CDA subject areas.
The candidate must choose one of the CDA settings, based on
the children with whom she is working (center-based preschool,
center-based infant/toddler, or family child care) and order the
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