The Child Development Associate (CDA) Educational Endorsement Certificate is a three-course series approved by the Council for Professional Recognition. It is ideal for those currently employed or seeking workforce entry as a childcare professional. In addition to being offered face-to-face, CDA courses are offered fully online through County College of Morris Virtual Campus. The CDA Educational Endorsement Certificate can be submitted to the Council for Professional Recognition as part of the CDA application process.

Grounded in research and evidence-based practice, the curriculum blends academic and professional preparation. The content is aligned with the national competency standards for the CDA Credential and prepares the students in the following goals:

To establish and maintain a safe, healthy learning environment
To advance physical and intellectual competence
To support social and emotional development and provide positive guidance
To establish positive and productive relationships with families
To ensure a well-run, purposeful program responsive to participant needs
To maintain a commitment to professionalism

Completing the CDA Educational Endorsement Certificate at County College of Morris is the first step toward a career as a preschool group teacher in a childcare center, as well as many other child-related careers. In addition to supporting you in coursework, faculty are available to guide you on completing other requirements of the CDA Credential along with your additional education and career goals. For students interested in pursuing further education, the CDA course series applies as course credit toward other Early Childhood certificate and associate degree options at County College of Morris.