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Credentials

The Steps To Your Credential

Step 1 – Register, submit payment and receive Log In information.

Step 2 – Download Credential Manual and begin work on 120 hours of Credential Training.

Step 3 – Complete necessary CDEA requirements while completing 24 hours of Values Education Christian Ministry.

Step 4 – Submit Credential Application and schedule Verification Visit.

Step 5 – Credential review and completion.

As an early education professional, it is important for you to know the “Steps To Your Credential.” With careful planning, and ongoing communication with CDEA representatives, you will be on your way to getting your credential in no time!

CDEA offers four professional credentials.

Christian Child Development Education (CCDE) Credential*  The Christian Child Development Education Credential provides a widely recognized entry-level credential for early care educators in Christian settings. The CCDE supports: child development research, latest brain research, biblical concepts and values. Includes: An annual individual subscription to the CCDE Credential Training (120 hours of professional development/24 hours of Christian Ministry Modules),CCDE Credential Process and Registration Fee Prior to purchasing, you must:

  1. View CCDE Catalog
  2. Fax the Student Enrollment Agreement to 904-573-8839.
  3. View CCDE Overview
$869 Qty:
Values-based Child Development Education (VCDE) Credential*  The Values-based Child Development Education Credential has been developed to provide an option for those who are located in a secular setting, but who do not have a character development curriculum in place as part of their daily routine. The VCDE requires identification of 18 key values taught throughout the year. The lesson plans required for the portfolio must reflect teaching strategies used to teach moral values to young children. An Observation Tool, Interview, and Portfolio Review will be used to assess character development curriculum implementation during the Verification Visit. Includes: An annual individual subscription to the VCDE Credential Training (120 hours of professional development/24 hours of Values Education Modules),VCDE Credential Process and Registration Fee Prior to purchasing, you must:

  1. View VCDE Catalog
  2. Fax the Student Enrollment Agreement to 904-573-8839.
  3. View VCDE Overview
$869 Qty:
Child Development Education (CDE) Credential*  The Child Development Education Credential has been developed to provide an option for those who are located in a secular setting and who have a character development program in place as part of their daily routine. The CDE Credential requires identification of 18 key values taught throughout the year. The lesson plans required for the portfolio must reflect teaching strategies used to teach values to young children. An Observation Tool, Interview, and Portfolio Review will be used to assess character development curriculum implementation during the Verification Visit. Includes: An annual individual subscription to the CDE Credential Training (120 hours of professional development),CDE Credential Process and Registration Fee Prior to purchasing, you must:

  1. View CDE Catalog
  2. Fax the Student Enrollment Agreement to 904-573-8839.
  3. View CDE Overview
$869 Qty:

*The below credential programs are approved by Department of Children and Families (DCF) and licensed by the Commission for Independent Education.
To place an order by telephone, please call 800-741-7762 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. EST.