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The Office of Professional Learning Review

Here's your roadmap to finishing your University degree faster with PLR credits from the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential.

How many college credits is it worth?

The most current University review identified up to 9 credit(s) in course equivalencies at Thomas Edison State University for successfully completing the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential before June 2015. Through our CACE partnership, the University awards up to 6 credits in course equivalencies for qualifying credentials earned between June 2015 and December 2019. This is based upon Charter Oak State College's review. A student's credit eligibility is determined according to the submission of appropriate documentation as well as the documented date of successful credential completion. If you completed your credential outside the effective dates listed in the following table, check the notes below the table for any reference to an earlier University review.

The credential components have been divided into the following courses:
(TIP: Hover over each column heading for a description)

CDA Credential
TESU Course
Effective Dates
For Staff Use
Early Childhood Education: Home, School and Community 3CDS-2535/1/2010-5/31/2015 CDA
Introduction to Child Development and the Early Childhood Curriculum3CDS-2515/1/2010-5/31/2015 CDA
Introduction to Early Childhood Programs 3CDS-2525/1/2010-5/31/2015 CDA
Curriculum and Instruction in Early Childhood Education3CDS-2511/1/1950-4/30/2010 CDA
Early Childhood Education: Home, School and Community 3CDS-2531/1/1950-4/30/2010 CDA
Organization and Management of Early Childhood Programs 3CDS-2521/1/1950-4/30/2010 CDA

The CDA-Infant and Toddler and the CDA-Preschool, Family Child Care, or Home Visitor issued between June 2015 and December 2019 are eligible for a direct credit award through CACE (CDAIT.CACE, CDAYC.CACE).

What can I study? top of page


How do I get started? top of page

  • Submit documentation of successful completion

    Students should download and submit this cover sheet along with a notarized copy of their CDA credential issued by the Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition at 2460 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009. Visit to learn more.


Can I transfer PLR credit to another institution? top of page

If you are seeking to transfer the PLR credits to another college, the decision whether or not to accept these credits in transfer rests with that college. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that the receiving institution's academic policy will allow transfer of each credit. Thomas Edison State University offers a non-degree service called Individual Learning Account that may be helpful.

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