Credentials, Certifications and Degrees
The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ is the most widely recognized credential in early childhood education (ECE) and is a key stepping stone on the path of career advancement in ECE. The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ is based on a core set of competency standards, which guide early care professionals as they work toward becoming qualified teachers of young children. The Council works to ensure that the nationally-transferable CDA is a credible and valid credential, recognized by the profession as a vital part of professional development. Click here (PDF) for an overview of the CDA credentialing process effective June 1, 2013*
Click here (PDF) for comparison of the old and the new credentialing process*
Click here for Questions and Answers about the new CDA credentialing process*
The Certified Childcare Professional (CCP) is a credential earned by teachers who want to demonstrate their knowledge of early childhood development and their skills in working with young children. The CCP authenticates teaching skills and professionalism. Professionals exhibiting standards of excellence in child care and early childhood education are recognized by The NECPA (National Early Childhood Program Accreditation) Commission, Inc. through the awarding of a national credential, the Certified Child Care Professional (CCP).
The Certification subprogram consistently and accurately enforces the State Board of Education rules and regulations and state statutes governing the certification of professional educators in the state.
Learn more about Montessori Credentials that are earned through a teacher preparation program certified by the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE).
- Arizona State University College of Education
- Northern Arizona University
- The University of Arizona
- University of Phoenix
Maricopa County Community College District
- Paradise Valley
- Phoenix College
- Rio Salado College
- South Mountain Community College
- Mohave Community College
- Northland Pioneer College
- Pima Community College
- Prescott Community College
- Yavapai Community College