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The thought of compiling a professional portfolio can seem very overwhelming. Don’t let it stress you out, though. If you take it one step at a time and follow the weekly suggestions as far as items to add, you’ll be just fine. Please note that the Council for Professional Recognition will allow you to organize your file in a box or in other ways. These directions are intended to give you a model to follow for the sake of simplifying this task for you.

The following directions will help you compile a professional portfolio to submit with your CDA application. You must also refer to the directions within your application handbook that the Council for Professional Recognition sent you. Timeline

Statements of Competency/Competency Goals and Resource Collection Items: Each week I’ve outlined which competency goals and items match up with the materials in your lesson. Follow the weekly suggestions to stay on task and complete your professional portfolio by the end of the program. You’ll notice in your CDA Competency Standards book (preschool, infant-toddler, or family care edition) that the statements of competency and the competency goals with supporting items are to be in the same section of your portfolio. Items RC1-1 a and RCI-1 b require you to provide valid and current certificates of completion or cards from a first aid course and a nationally recognized infant/child (pediatric) CPR course. If this isn’t something that you’ve done, then you’ll want to sign up for these courses ASAP in order to have them completed by the end of the program.

Materials Needed
The following items will be needed to complete the Professional Portfolio: • A hard plastic binder with a see-through plastic cover
• Decorative school paper
• Dividers
• Plastic page covers
• Sticky tabs
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Getting Started
Create a cover page for your professional portfolio and slip it in the front cover of your binder so that it’s clearly visible.

Next, take three dividers and label them Education Documentation, Statements of Competency and Resource Collections, and Professional Philosophy.

Place your My CDA Professional Portfolio Required Checklist (from your CDA National Credentialing Program book [preschool, infant-toddler, or family care edition]) in a clear plastic page protector in front of all of the dividers (like a table of contents).

CDA PROFESSIONAL PORTFOLIO 3
Next, place your first divider followed by the cover sheet for this section, which will be labeled “Education Documentation” (be sure to put the cover sheet in a clear plastic page protector).

Put your Summary of My CDA Education page from your CDA Competency Standards book in a clear plastic page protector and place it behind the cover sheet for this section. Place the supporting documents listed on this page in clear plastic cover pages behind it.

Next, add your second divider followed by a cover sheet labeled “Statements of Competency and Resource Collection.” Be sure to place the cover sheet in a clear plastic page protector.

In this section, you’ll type each of the competency goals and their requirements. (For example, CS-I a. Reflect on the sample menu…). You’ll
need to use the CDA National Credentialing Program book (preschool, infant-toddler, or family care edition) that you ordered from the Council for Professional Recognition with your application packet to find these. You can find these and more detailed directions on pages 15-17.

You’ll then type a personal reflection for each making sure to address each of the stated requirements. I put a sticky tab on mine with the number of the goal so that it’s easily locatable. You’ll do this for all six goals.

CDA PROFESSIONAL PORTFOLIO
In this section, you’ll type each of the competency goals and their requirements. (For example, CS-I a. Reflect on the sample menu…). You’ll need to use the CDA National Credentialing Program book (preschool, infant-toddler, or family care edition) that you ordered from the Council for Professional Recognition with your application packet to find these. You can find these and more detailed directions on pages 15-17.

You’ll then type a personal reflection for each making sure to address each of the stated requirements. I put a sticky tab on mine with the number of the goal so that it’s easily locatable. You’ll do this for all six goals. Behind each of these written reflections, you’ll add the resource collection that supports it. I would type each competency goal out on a separate piece of paper (I used the designer paper). You’ll also put the descriptions of the required items along with their descriptors (i.e., RC II-1, RC II-2) on that paper.

You’ll then put your collected items in clear plastic sheet protectors behind each and put a sticky tab on each with the number of the item it fulfills. I would change the color of tabs used for each goal to show which ones are grouped together.

Please note that in the picture below, the sticky tabs are numbered, but in your portfolio they’ll have the resource collection item descriptors (i.e., RC IV-1, RC IV-2).

Finally, you’ll add the third divider. Behind it you’ll have a cover sheet labeled “Professional Philosophy.” You’ll need to reference your CDA Competency Standards book (preschool, infant-toddler, or family care edition) for specific directions on how to write your professional philosophy. You’ll then print it out and put it in clear plastic page protectors in this section of your professional portfolio.

In conclusion, if you follow these simple steps, reference your handbook from the Council for Professional Recognition along the way, and follow the suggestions each week as far as what to add to the professional portfolio, you’ll have a beautifully formatted professional portfolio and no stress!

Good Luck!

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FINAL PROJECT
CDA Certification in Early Childhood Education
Congratulations on completing this program! If you stayed on track with your weekly assignments for your professional portfolio, then you’re now ready to apply for your CDA Certification!
Directions: In order to earn a grade for your final project in this program, you’re going to submit copies of the following three items in your professional portfolio. These are detailed items that show your abilities as a professional to create meaningful lessons for your students. Thus, the school will grade them and provide you with feedback on them before you submit your professional portfolio. When you’re finished with your final project, please follow the instructions in the Submitting Your Project section.

COMPETENCY GOAL I
To establish and maintain a safe, healthy learning environment RC I-3. Provide a sample of your weekly plan that includes goals for children’s learning and development, brief descriptions of planned learning experiences, and also accommodations for children with special needs (whether for children you currently serve or may serve in the future). Indicate the age group(s) for which the plan is intended.

COMPETENCY GOAL II
To advance physical and intellectual competence
RC II. Describe nine learning experiences (activities), written in your own words, including one from each of the following curricular areas: • RCII-1 Science/ Sensory
• RCII-2 Language and Literacy
• RCII-3 Creative Arts
• RCII-4 Fine Motor (please choose an indoor activity)
• RCII-5 Gross Motor (please choose an outdoor activity)
• RCII-6 Self Concept
• RCII-7 Emotional Skills/ Regulation
• RCII-8 Social Skills
• RCII-9 Mathematics
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For example, for RC II-1, Science/Sensory, you might write about an experience entitled “Smell Jars” and for RC II-6, Self Concept, you might write about an experience entitled “Self Portraits”.
For each experience, indicate the age group (3s, 4s, or 5s) and list the intended goals, materials, and processes/teaching strategies. For each activity, discuss why it’s developmentally appropriate for that age group.

COMPETENCY GOAL III
To support social and emotional development and to provide positive guidance RC III. A bibliography that includes the titles, authors, publishers, copyright dates, and a short summaries of ten developmentally appropriate children’s books that you have used with young children. Each book should support a different topic related to children’s lives and challenges. Subjects you might consider addressing include the following:

• Cultural and linguistic group identity
• Gender identity
• Children with special needs
• Separation/Divorce/Remarriage/Family Structures
• Phases of the cycle of life from human reproduction to death • Other topics that reflect the children and families with whom you work
CDA FINAL PROJECT 3
COMPETENCY GOAL I
To establish and maintain a safe, healthy learning environment RC I-3. A sample of your weekly plan that includes goals for children’s learning and development, brief descriptions of planned learning experiences, and also accommodations for children with special needs (whether for children you currently serve or may serve in the future). Indicate the age group(s) for which the plan is intended. Student name: Date: Assignment

Components
Points
possible
Expectations Points
Earned
Mechanics 5 points 5 points: No spelling, grammar or punctuation errors 3 points: 1 to 2 spelling, grammar, or punctuation errors
1 point: 3 to 5 spelling, grammar, or punctuation errors
0 points: More than 5 errors
Goals 2 points The student provided a thorough list of appropriate goals for the children’s learning and development. (2 points)
The student provided a brief list of appropriate goals for the children’s learning and development. (1 point)
The student provided a list of goals for the children’s learning and development, but not all of the goals were developmentally appropriate. (1 point)
The student did not provided a list of goals for the children’s learning and development. (0 points)
Descriptions of Learning Experiences
4 points The student provided brief, but clear, descriptions of several learning experiences in the weekly plan. (4 points)
The student provided unclear descriptions for the learning experiences in the weekly plan. (3 points)
The student listed learning experiences in the plan but did not provide descriptions of them. (1 point)
The student did not include learning experiences in the weekly plan. (0 points)
These items will be graded using the following rubrics.
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Accommodations 4 points The student provided excellent examples of appropriate accommodations for children with special needs for each of the learning experiences in the plan. (4 points)
The student provided ok examples of appropriate accommodations for children with special needs for each of the learning experiences above. (3 points)
The student provided examples of accommodations for children with special needs for some of the learning experiences in the plan above. (1 point)
The student did not provide examples of accommodations for children with special needs. (0 points)
Developmentally
Appropriate Age Group
2 points The student’s weekly plan is developmentally appropriate for the age group that was indicated. (2 points)
The student’s weekly plan is somewhat developmentally appropriate for the age group that was indicated. (1 point)
The student’s weekly plan is not developmentally appropriate for the age group that was indicated. (0 points)
Possible Points 17 Total Points Earned for This Competency Goal CDA FINAL PROJECT 5
COMPETENCY GOAL II
To advance physical and intellectual competence
RCII. Nine learning experiences (activities), written in your own words, including one from each of the following curricular areas: science/ sensory, language and literacy, creative arts, fine motor (please choose an indoor activity), gross motor (please choose an outdoor activity), self concept, emotional skills/ regulation, social skills, and mathematics. For each experience, indicate the age group (3s, 4s, or 5s) and list the intended goals, materials, and processes/teaching strategies. For each activity, discuss why it’s developmentally appropriate for that age group.

To support social and emotional development and to provide positive guidance RCIII. A bibliography that includes the titles, authors, publishers, copyright dates, and short summaries of ten developmentally appropriate children’s books that you have used with young children. Each book should support a different topic related to children’s lives and challenges. Subjects you might consider addressing include the following: cultural and linguistic group identity, gender identity, children with special needs, separation/divorce,/remarriage/family structures, phases of the cycle of life from human reproduction to death, or other topics that reflect the children and families with whom you work.

Student name: Date: Assignment
Components
Points
possible
Expectations Points
Earned
Mechanics 5 points 5 points: No spelling, grammar, or punctuation errors 3 points: 1 to 2 spelling, grammar, or punctuation errors
1 point: 3 to 5 spelling, grammar, or punctuation errors
0 points: More than 5 errors
Books* 14 points 14 points: The student provided ten book titles with authors, publishers, and copyright dates.
10 points: The student provided seven to nine book titles with authors, publishers, and copyright dates.
7 points: The student provided four to six book titles with authors, publishers, and copyright dates.
3 points: The student provided one to three book titles with authors, publishers, and copyright dates.
*If the book doesn’t include the author, publisher, and copyright dates, then it won’t be worth full credit. If the book doesn’t cover a topic that can clearly be related to children’s lives and challenges, then it doesn’t count.

Summaries 14 points 14 points: The student provided ten thorough summaries. 12 points: The student provided ten detailed summaries.
8 points: The student provided seven to nine detailed summaries. 5 points: The student provided four to six moderately detailed summaries. 3 points: The student provided one to three moderately detailed summaries. Possible Points 33 Total Points Earned for This Competency Goal 10 CDA FINAL PROJECT

SUBMITTING YOUR PROJECT
Final Project Grade
Student name: Date: Assignment Points
possible
Points
earned
Competency Goal I RC I-3 (weekly plan) 17 points
Competency Goal II (learning experiences) 50 points
Competency Goal III (bibliography)33 points
total points earned

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