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CDA 2.0 e-Portfolio or Traditional Binder... The Choice is Yours!

by Debra Pierce
Debra Pierce
Debra Pierce is professor of Early Childhood Education at Ivy Tech Community Col
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on Friday, 02 August 2013
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With the introduction of CDA 2.0, candidates will be creating a Professional Portfolio. This replaces the Professional Resource File that was part of the old CDA process. Besides the name change, there are some notable differences. Instead of 17 resource items, there are now ten. Some of them have multiple parts, however. The entire new process is integrated, with each part interwoven with the other in some way, requiring a good deal of reflection... about what has been included in the Professional Portfolio and the candidate's own philosophy of teaching young children. Some of the Resource

Looking Ahead to CDA 2.0!

by Debra Pierce
Debra Pierce
Debra Pierce is professor of Early Childhood Education at Ivy Tech Community Col
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on Tuesday, 16 April 2013
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I hope to provide you with up to date information you can use about the new CDA 2.0 process.The new process will be launched on June1. In the meantime, those who have begun working on the Professional Resource File can rest assured that these will still be accepted and reviewed until December 1 of this year, even if you happen to apply for your CDA after May 31. If you do not plan to begin work on your file until after May 31, you will be assembling the new Professional Portfolio. This will look different and will include different re

Choosing CDA Training... It's Giving Me a Headache!

by Debra Pierce
Debra Pierce
Debra Pierce is professor of Early Childhood Education at Ivy Tech Community Col
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on Thursday, 17 May 2012
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One of the first steps in the CDA process is acquiring 120 clock hours of training. Choosing where to get this training can be confusing, overwhelming, a shot in the dark,or all three. This is especially true if the candidate begins to search for online CDA training.There are literally hundreds of training agencies vying for your business, with more popping up every day. Most have catchy ad campaigns and promise quick and easy completion of CDA training hours from the comfort of home. After a while, they all start looking pretty much the same to the casual browser. So then, price becomes the n

Earning a CDA in High School… Can It Work?

by Debra Pierce
Debra Pierce
Debra Pierce is professor of Early Childhood Education at Ivy Tech Community Col
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on Thursday, 05 April 2012
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Not surprisingly, workforce development is a key issue now in education. More and more students are looking to their high schools for the skills they need to find meaningful employment when they graduate and school districts are responding with programs to meet the needs of their students and the community. Recently, the Council for Professional Recognition introduced a new opportunity for high school students to earn a Child Development Associate Credential (CDA) while still in high school, rather than having to wait until they are 18 and have graduated. This is exciting news, meaning that s

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