Infant-Toddler CDA Prep Specialized Diploma (ECTD)

Attention 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.