CDA/Early Childhood Ancillary Certificate Program

A BESE-Approved Early Childhood Ancillary Certificate Program

Beginning on July 1, 2019, all lead teachers in publicly-funded centers (Type III) will be required to have a current Early Childhood Ancillary Teaching Certificate (ECAC) as a minimum credential within 24 months of beginning their position as a lead teacher. All lead teachers at Type III childcare center must obtain CDA coursework from a BESE-approved program.

This program is part of our Workforce Development and Technical Education Division.

Mission Statement

Delgado Community College’s Early Childhood Ancillary Certificate Program will provide teachers from varying backgrounds with a valuable education and provide skills that are required to meet the workforce demands for quality programs. The program will provide a pathway to earn stackable college credits to apply to the CDA Credential, Birth to Kindergarten Program, and an Early Childhood Ancillary Certificate. Delgado is committed to working with early childhood community partners to promote lifelong learning and career advancement to ensure that lead teachers have the knowledge, skills, and competencies necessary for meaningful classroom interactions and learning experiences to improve kindergarten readiness by having a quality program.


Program Outcomes

Early Childhood Ancillary Certificate Program Outcomes

  • Ensure that lead teachers in a Type III center will have an opportunity to earn an Early Childhood Ancillary Teaching Certificate
  • Work in partnership with local community networks in Southeast Louisiana
  • Work in conjunction with Partners and Advisory Committee members to maintain program effectiveness
  • Earn three college credit courses to apply toward the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential, Birth to Kindergarten curriculum and/or transfer to a Birth to Kindergarten baccalaureate degree program
  • Develop mastery, skills, competencies needed in the workforce
  • Imbed the Classroom Assessment Scoring System and Teaching Strategies Gold in course work
  • Develop a pre-service curriculum to prepare early childhood educators that is aligned with NAEYC, Louisiana Birth to Five Early Learning Development Standards, and CDA Competency Standards

Effective teaching and quality standards will be implemented to ensure that every Kindergartener will be ready and equipped with the skills to be successful as lifelong learners.

Program Design

  • Online format(combination of online assignments)
  • 135 clock hours of training through 3 college credit courses (CDYC109, CDYC 110, CDYC 113) 45 clock hours per course to apply to CDYC Associate of Applied Science degree
  • Job-embedded coaching
  • Assistance with CDA Professional Portfolio
  • Scholarship and CDA Application assistance


  • Work at a publicly funded early learning center (Type III)
  • Be employed at current center for at least 6 months
  • Be an active member of LA Pathways

How to Enroll

  • Complete the enrollment form for ECAC
  • Participate in a scheduled interview with the CDYC faculty