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This course introduces students to the Child Development Associate Credentialing process and provides comprehensive instruction in early childhood education/child development. Students will begin development of a Professional Portfolio and practice strategies for observing and recording children's behavior. At the conclusion, students will have satisfied 60 hours of the 120 hours of formal training, covering the six Competency Standards required by the Council for Professional Recognition, which issues the CDA to qualified candidates. Students are expected to be employed, or to volunteer, either full or part-time, in an Early Head Start program or a child care center, with children between the ages of birth through 36 months. The course may be applied to the Early Childhood Education programs as a substitute for ECE 201, Introduction to Early Childhood Education.