Do you want to learn more about what a per­son­al phi­los­o­phy state­ment is for your CDA Pro­fes­sion­al Port­fo­lio? And what you should include in it?

After you col­lect your resources and reflec­tive state­ments of com­pe­tence, you are ready for the last step in cre­at­ing your CDA pro­fes­sion­al portfolio.

CDA Professional Portfolio Components

image for five components of a professional portfolio

The five com­po­nents of a CDA pro­fes­sion­al port­fo­lio are: 1. cov­er sheet, 2. sum­ma­ry of edu­ca­tion, 3. fam­i­ly ques­tion­naires, 4. reflec­tive state­ments. 5. per­son­al phi­los­o­phy state­ment.

One of the last com­po­nents you will com­plete is your per­son­al phi­los­o­phy state­ment. This state­ment is a reflec­tion of all of your val­ues and beliefs about best prac­tices in ear­ly child­hood education.

As a pro­fes­sion­al, you now have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to share your gained knowl­edge through your edu­ca­tion and expe­ri­ence. Share with the CDA Coun­cil what is impor­tant to you as a teacher, and why your role impacts the lives of young chil­dren and their families.

This state­ment is a reflec­tion of all of your val­ues and beliefs about best prac­tices in ear­ly child­hood education.

- def­i­n­i­tion of a per­son­al phi­los­o­phy statement

The Big Picture

Think about the big pic­ture over­all and reflect on what you have learned about your­self in this process. 

  • What are your beliefs about how young chil­dren learn?
  • Why is your role impor­tant in the learn­ing process?
  • What has shaped your role as a teacher?
  • What has influ­enced you to change the way you do things as an educator?
  • What are your desires or dreams for the ear­ly child­hood edu­ca­tion field?

How long should your personal philosophy statement be?

Your per­son­al phi­los­o­phy state­ment should be no more than two pages.

You may want to ask a col­league, a friend, or fam­i­ly mem­ber to read your per­son­al phi­los­o­phy state­ment, and ask them if they were able to under­stand your beliefs and val­ues as an educator.

More CDA Certification Components

Inter­est­ed in learn­ing more about the CDA? Curi­ous about the CDA Exam? Read our blog What is My CDA Exam and Ver­i­fi­ca­tion Vis­it Dead­line?

How to get a CDA Credential

If you haven’t yet start­ed your CDA cer­ti­fi­ca­tion jour­ney, read our blog on get­ting a CDA. You can also find instruc­tions on prepar­ing for a CDA and the train­ing need­ed for it on our web­site: Obtain­ing and Renew­ing a CDA Cre­den­tial.

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