Degrees & Credential Programs
Early Childhood executive leadership institute
Opportunity for leaders of programs serving children birth through age 8 to learn together as part of a powerful professional development experience: NISL's Early Childhood Executive Leadership Institute bridges the gaps between early learning programs and K-12 schools.
For more information, contact Bernadine Ahonkhai at email@example.com or 717-213-2064.
Please note the new address for the PA Key. Effective April 1, 2012, please mail all Director Credential applications to: Pennsylvania Key, 200 North 3rd Street, 3rd Flr, Harrisburg, PA 17101.
Forms & Documents:
Institutions of Higher Education wanting more information on applying for approval of your Director Credential program of study, view the Higher Education page.
More detailed information about the School-Age Professional Credential can be found in the School-Age section.
Child Development Associate (CDA)
Visit the Council for Professional Recognition’s Web site for more information.
Child Development Associate (CDA) Renewal
The 4.5 CEU's/3 credit course required for renewal for CDA may be replaced with 45 PQAS hours in Early Childhood/Child Development. The Waiver Request form MUST be completed and sent into the Council for approval before the renewal information is sent. It will take 2-3 weeks to process and review the waiver request. This is a one-time waiver. Once the waiver has been approved, the renewal application may be submitted to the CDA Council. Download the Waiver Request Form.
CDA Amnesty Program announced by the Council for Professional Recognition
Beginning March 1, 2012, anyone who has earned a CDA in the last ten years may apply for renewal, even if their CDA has expired. This means that all CDAs with a credential date of January, 2002 or later are eligible for Renewal Amnesty. This amnesty program will only last until December 31, 2012.
CDA Renewal Requirements:
4.5 CEUs or 3 college-credit-hours of training within the last 5 years
A recommendation from an ECE professional who is familiar with your professional work
A pediatric first aid certificate
Membership in an ECE professional membership organization
A brief letter from a supervisor testifying that you have worked at least 80 hours in the past year
Apply online for a CDA Renewal, or contact the Council for further information:
Council for Professional Recognition
2460 16th St. NW
Washington, DC 20009-3547
Office hours: 8am - 5pm EST