One of the final steps in the CDA process will be to compose
a Professional Philosophy Statement. It will be typed and placed
into the last section of your portfolio. You will not write this
Professional Philosophy Statement until you have completed these
steps: • Completed all of your CDA training
• Had at least 480 hours of experience working with young
children • Completely finished the Professional Portfolio
All of these combined experiences will enable you to write a fuller,
more thoughtful, informed Professional Philosophy Statement.
To prepare for writing this philosophy statement, however, it
is a good idea to think about how you feel about certain aspects of
early childhood practices, based on your experience and training.
This will help you to organize your thoughts. This may be the first
time you have ever thought about your own personal philosophy
of teaching young children, or if you have, you may not ever have
written it down.
In appendix F is a Professional Philosophy Exercise, which
involves a series of statements you will complete to prompt you to
think about your beliefs and feelings. When asked, the majority of
CDA candidates who have gone through this exercise before trying
to write their philosophy statements said it was very valuable to
them and made this task much easier. Rather than just a couple
words, try to write a short paragraph as your response to each item,
thinking deeply about what you’re writing.
Right now, as you begin your CDA journey, take a few min-
utes to complete this exercise. You will be reviewing and using
your responses later when you write the Professional Philosophy
Statement. When you are finished, come back to this page and
continue reading about the next stages of the CDA process.
Application can be done online on the Council’s website (www.
cdacouncil.org/yourcda) or by using the paper application form
located at the back of your Competency Standards book. Your
application fee accompanies the form. When the application has
been accepted, the candidate will receive a Ready to Schedule
Notice e-mail from the Council. At that time, you will schedule
the CDA Exam and call the PD Specialist to schedule your verifi-
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