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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 resource file 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 required by the CDA National Credentialing Program. Students are expected to be employed, or to volunteer, either full-or- part-time, in a child care center, preschool or pre-kindergarten program. The course is required for the Child Care Certificate and can be applied to the A.A.S. in Early Childhood Education as a substitute for ECE 201, Introduction to Early Childhood Education.