At a Glance:

Gordon: Beatriz Stitzer
Beatriz Stitzer, Assistant Dean of Public Service Technologies
Office: 307
Phone: 706-378-1720
Campus: Gordon County Campus
Department: Early Childhood, Public Service Technology


M.Ed., Berry College; B.S., Southern Adventist University, Collegedale, TN

Polk:  Karon Futch
Karon Futch, Instructor of Early Childhood Education
Office: A113
Phone: 706-378-1792
Campus: Polk County Campus
Department: Early Childhood, Public Service Technology


M.S., Walden University; B.S., University of West Georgia

Walker:  Susan Kendrick
Susan Kendrick, Director of Early Childhood Care and Education
Office: 6108b
Phone: 706-764-3848
Campus: Walker County Campus
Department: Early Childhood, Public Service Technology


Ed.S., Lincoln Memorial University; M.E., Berry College; B.S., Jacksonville State University

Child Development Associate (CDA) Preparation (CE71)

Offered at the Following Campuses

  • Walker County Campus
  • Polk County Campus
  • Gordon County Campus
  • Floyd County Campus

Program Overview

The Early Childhood Care and Education CDA Preparation TCC (Child Development Associate Preparation) program is a four course sequence of courses designed to prepare students for the Child Development Associate national credential issued by the Council for Professional Recognition (out of Washington DC). The four courses in this TCC provide students with the knowledge and skills needed for the national credential and provide information on the development of the portfolio required of the Council. Graduates have qualifications to be employed in early care and education settings including child care centers, Head Start, Georgia Pre-K programs, and elementary school paraprofessional positions.

Course Overview

Credit Hours
Required Courses (11 hours)
Introduces concepts relating the responsibilities and procedures involved in a variety of early childhood care situations. Topics include historical perspectives; professionalism; guidance; developmentally appropriate practices; learning environment (including all children); cultural diversity; and licensing, accreditation, and credentialing.
Introduces the student to the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of the young child (prenatal through 12 years of age). The course provides for competency development in observing, recording, and interpreting growth and development stages in the young child; advancing physical and intellectual competence; supporting social and emotional development; and examining relationships between child development and positive guidance. Topics include developmental characteristics, prenatal through age 12, developmental guidance applications, observing and recording techniques, ages and stages of development, and introduction to children with special needs.
Introduces the theory, practices, and requirements for establishing and maintaining a safe, healthy learning environment. Topics include CPR and first aid, health issues, safety issues, child abuse and neglect, and nutritional needs of children.
Provides training in professionalism through Child Development Associate Credentialing Certificate preparation in the following areas: applying for the Child Development Associate Credential through Direct Assessment, professional resource file development, and strategies to establish positive and productive relationships with families.