Meridian Community College
910 Highway 19 N,
Meridian, MS 39307


The Child Development Associate (CDA) is a nationally recognized credential awarded to individuals who have demonstrated competency through both work experience and education while working with young children ages birth to five years of age. A caregiver’s competence is evaluated by the Council for Professional Recognition. Meridian Community College (MCC) will offer the educational coursework required for the CDA. Courses offered will support the Mississippi Child Care Quality Step System and will funnel directly into MCC’s Early Childhood Education (CDT) Program. The course of study for the CDA Credential meets the minimum standards of 120 clock hours that covers the six (6) competency standards for education for the CDA and can be taken in two (2) semesters. The CDA at Meridian Community College includes four (4) CDT courses and one (1) written communication course. For more information on this program read the gainful employment disclosure.

Minimum admission requirements (in addition to general college admissions requirements):

Attain a 17 composite score on the ACT and a math subtest score of 16;
Score 69.5 or higher on the ACCUPLACER Reading Section and a 42.5 on the Algebra Section;
Earn a “C” or above in Preparation for Composition (ENG 1203) and a “C” or above in Introductory Algebra (MAT 1203);
Complete 15 semester hours of program general education courses with an average of “C” or above at an accredited college or university. Developmental coursework does not satisfy this requirement;
Attend an orientation session with the program coordinator after all other requirements are met

CDT 1214 Child Development I4 Hours
CDT 1224 Child Development II     4 Hours
CDT 1343 Child Health and Safety 3 Hours
CDT 2233 Guiding Social and Emotional Behavior3 Hours
CDT 1123 5Z Competencies in Early Childhood 3 Hours
ENG 1113 English Composition I 3 Hours
BOT 1713 Mechanics of Communication 3 Hours

Students entering the program for the first time must contact the program coordinator prior to enrolling in any child development course.