Early Childhood Education: The Infant and Toddler Child Development Associate (CDA) Coursework


The education department at HCCC is dedicated to preparing future teachers to successfully enter the field of education. The Infant and Toddler Child Development Associate Coursework prepares students to apply for their Infant and Toddler Child Development Associate and then enter the workforce as assistant teachers. Teachers after receiving the CDA will be certified to work with children from birth to three years old. Students can also transfer their CDI credits into the Early Childhood AAS degree and work to earn their associate’s degree.

While at HCCC our education students have the opportunity to learn in our state-of-the-art Early Childhood laboratory classroom. The laboratory is filled with apple computers and classroom educational materials, which gives students the opportunity to not only learn theory through class discussions but also engage in hands-on-learning which deepens their understand of child development and the field of education.  The classroom serves as a computer lab for educational students at scheduled times throughout the week.

The education department is dedicated to providing students a superior educational experience which is based upon current research and the characteristics we believe quality teachers embody. We believe quality teachers are committed to social justice, educating diverse students, providing culturally responsive curriculum, inclusive education, and working to end bias.  

We invite you to explore our various degrees, attend an open house, and meet our faculty. Your career awaits!

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Non-Transferable Option

Completion of the preschool child development coursework consists prepare students for the Child Development Associate (CDA) National Credentialing process and provide comprehensive instruction in early childhood education and child development. Course work satisfies the 120 hours of formal training required by the Council for Professional Recognition, which awards and administers the CDA National Credentialing Program.


Infant/Toddler Child Dev
Prof. Dev. Cert. in Infant/Toddler Child Dev. Assoc. (CDA)


This program will provide the necessary professional development (120 class hours) for those interested in pursuing this entry-level position. By obtaining the Infant/Toddler CDA Credential, these candidates will be eligible to work as a caregiver in an Infant/Toddler setting, with infants and toddlers from birth to thirty-six months. The 120-hour Infant/Toddler Field Experience will provide practical, on-site experience working with children of this age. This will prepare the candidate for the final review with the Professional Specialist who conducts the final assessment for the Council for Professional Recognition, the national organization that awards the credential.


Graduates Testimony

The educational department at HCCC throughout the years has had the honor of preparing students to embark on their careers as educators.
Ana Scull
'I wish I was younger'…I wish I was younger and had the time to enjoy everything HCCC has for the students.
Ana Scull
First received my Infant and Toddler CDA classes in the Summer 2014. Returned in 2017 and obtained My Associates in Early Childhood Education with a focus on Infant and Toddler July 2019

Thanks to earning my CDA I was able to obtain a full time job! Because I gave my all during my time in HCCC, my GPA opened the doors to continue my education. I will be obtaining my Bachelors in Sociology with a minor in Psychology on May 2021…many sleepless nights but so rewarding…Just put your mind to it; Education will open new doors.

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Dr. Angela Pack
71 Sip Avenue (Room 520)
Jersey City, NJ 07306
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