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Child Development Associate

NCC accepts six credits for the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential as equivalent to EARL106 Early Childhood Development and Learning and EARL217 Child, Family and Community. 

  1. Complete the Admission Process to NCC (Application fee: $25)
  2. Send a copy of your CDA credential from the Council for Professional Recognition to: NCC Education Department, Reibman Hall Room 137, 3835 Green Pond Road, Bethlehem, PA 18020; Fax to 610-861-4110; email to 
  3. If the CDA preparation program provided college credit, attach the college transcript to the credential, and NCC will transfer the credits earned in preparation for the CDA.

Advanced Credit

The Advanced Credit Program allows high school graduates to enter NCC with six credits in Early Childhood Education.  These are advanced placement credits which means that the student does not have to take EARL106 Early Childhood Development and Learning or EARL217 Child, Family and Community.  

Students qualify for these credits upon successful completion of an Advanced Credit portfolio.  Portfolios are submitted by early June and reviewed by committee comprised of NCC/ECE faculty.  Portfolio rubrics are available from the Advanced Credit office upon request by emailing

Challenge Portfolio Assessment

Students who believe, based on their prior experiences, that they have the knowledge, skills and dispositions to meet the outcomes of a particular course may complete a final assessment portfolio. The final assessment portfolio will be the same one that is required by students taking the course. A professor who teaches that course will do the grading of the portfolio. The same criteria applied to credit students' work will be used for determining a grade.

Follow these steps:

Apply to NCC

Apply for a Challenge Exam (PDF)

Notify the ECE Department that you have applied for a Challenge Exam by emailing

The Portfolio Assignments will be sent to you.