Child Development Associate for English Language Learners

This course allows students, whose first language is not English, to receive their Child Development Associate credential.  Students must be able to demonstrate language skills (speaking, listening, reading & writing) at an intermediate level or above.  Students must work or be willing to work at a licensed child care facility to complete 480 hours of classroom experience. 

Students must:

  1. Meet with an advisor to review policies and complete ESL assessment: 
  2. Show proof of high school diploma  
  3. Submit documentation for a CORI background check and fingerprinting  
  4. Work or volunteer at a licensed child care center during the course of the program (students will receive help with placement) 
  5. Attend CDA Orientation

 Grant-funded program is free to qualified students. Students may qualify for a stipend to cover the cost of child care and transportation.  

Get career training in a high demand field.   

Improve your writing skills (Writing coach will help students complete CDA portfolio). 

Classes are held during evenings to make it easier for students to work at a childcare center during the day.  

Students who successfully complete the program (including 480 work/volunteer hours) will meet the state requirements to work as EEC Lead Teacher at preschool centers in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 

CDA graduates can transfer up to 10 credits from the CDA Program straight to MWCC’s ECE Certificate with an Infant Toddler Teacher Track or Preschool Teacher Track. To complete MWCC’s ECE Certificate, a CDA graduate will need just 15 or 16 more college credits or about 4-5 courses.

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