Table 1: CDA Competency Goals and Functional Areas
CDA COMPETENCY GOALS
/. To establish and main-tain a safe, healthy learning environment
LSafe 2. Healthy
Candidate provides a safe environment and teaches children safe practices to prevent and reduce injuries.
Candidate provides an environment that promotes health and prevents illness, and teaches children about good nutrition and practices that promote wellness.
3. Learning Environment
Candidate organizes and uses relationships, the physical space, materials, daily schedule, and routines to create a secure, interesting, and enjoyable environment that promotes engagement, play, exploration, and learning of all children including children with disabilities and special needs.
//. To advance physical and intellectual com-petence
Candidate uses a variety of developmentally appropriate equipment, learning experiences and teaching strategies to promote the physical development (fine motor and gross motor) of all children.
Candidate uses a variety of developmentally appropriate learning experiences and teaching strategies to promote curiosity, reasoning, and problem solving and to lay the foundation for all later learning. Candidate implements curriculum that promotes children's learning of important mathematics, science, technology, social studies and other content goals.
Candidate uses a variety of developmentally appropriate learning experiences and teaching strategies to promote children's language and early literacy learning, and help them communicate their thoughts and feelings verbally and nonverbally. Candidate helps dual-language learners make progress in understanding and speaking both English and their home language.
Candidate uses a variety of developmentally appropriate learning experiences and teaching strategies for