Infant-Toddler CDA Prep Specialized Diploma (ECTD)

*This is an overview of the program. The course sequencing is meant to serve as a guideline for your semester planning. Please note that the scheduling of courses, program sequencing and curriculum are subject to change.*

Intended to prepare students for entry-level positions working with infants and toddlers in child care and in Early Head Start. The program content also fulfills the formal coursework component for the CDA (Child Development Associate) national credential. Upon completion of the diploma and other CDA requirements, students are eligible to apply to the national Council for Professional Recognition for CDA assessment. All courses in the diploma articulate into LCCC’s Early Childhood Education/Early Intervention associate degree program.

Upon successful completion of the program graduates will be able to:

  • identify patterns of growth and development for children aged birth to three years old.
  • describe cultural influences and family-centered practices in infant-toddler settings.
  • plan, adapt, and implement curriculum experiences based on developmentally appropriate practices for infants and toddlers.
  • design a healthy and safe environment that supports infant and toddler growth and development.
  • summarize and use ethical professional behaviors, regulations, and advocacy related to colleagues and to very young children and their families.
Infant/Toddler Specialized Diploma (ECTD)
First Semester Credits
ECE 125* Education & Care of Infants & Toddlers 
  Semester Total  3
Second Semester    
ECE 140 Observation & Recording Techniques  3
ECI 240 Strategies for Teaching Infants and Toddlers 3
  Semester Total 
  Total Credits 9

*ECE 125 and ECE 140 require field experience and observation in early care and education centers with infants and toddler classrooms (30 hours per designated course). Physical exam, TB test, and clearances are required. For more information about requirements for applying for the Infant-Toddler CDA national credential: