Levels and Standards Key

The level and standard correlations key for each KET early childhood course are designed to help you find the training that best meets your needs.

CEU Credit

If a course indicates that CEU credits are available then providers may use that program or series to earn CEU credits toward CDA renewal.

The CEU credits are offered through Bluegrass Community and Technical College, and BCTC will issue the certificates. An additional fee of $5.00 per person is required along with the regular registration fee.

CEU credits are issued to individuals by name. In order to issue a CEU credit certificate, BCTC must have the person’s name, home/personal address, and phone number.

Training Level

Each KET early childhood course is assigned to one of five levels of training. Level 1 is a basic introduction to a subject, and Level 5 represents the most advanced information.

Selecting a level is an individual decision based on your existing knowledge of a topic. If you already know a lot about a subject, a Level 1 or 2 training program might not help you learn anything new. On the other hand, if you have very little knowledge of the subject, you may find it hard to understand the content of a high-level course.

CDA Subject Areas

The CDA (Child Development Associate) is a certification issued by the Council for Professional Recognition indicating that a child care provider has met professional standards in a specified set of subject areas. The CDA standards identify 8 subject areas:

  1. Planning a safe and healthy learning environment
  2. Advancing children’s physical and intellectual development
  3. Supporting children’s social and emotional development
  4. Building productive relationships with families
  5. Managing an effective program operation
  6. Maintaining a commitment to professionalism
  7. Observing and recording children’s behavior
  8. Understanding principles of child development and learning

Visit the Council for Professional Recognition web site to learn more about these subject areas and how to pursue CDA certification.

Kentucky Core Content

These abbreviations represent subject areas defined in the state P-12 curriculum standards from the Kentucky Department of Education.

CGD: Child Growth and Development
HSN: Health, Safety, and Nutrition
PD: Professional Development
LEC: Learning Environments and Curriculum
CA: Child Assessment
FCP: Family and Community Partnerships
PME: Program Management and Evaluation

For more information about the core content areas, visit the Kentucky Governor’s Office of Early Childhood website.

Course Completion Method

Programs are available in four different ways:

Online () — Some online courses are complete and fully functional with all the materials needed (including video) to complete them online. For other online courses, you will need to have access to the videos from the library to complete the coursework.
DVDs/Paper Coursework () — Several KET productions on parenting and early childhood education are available for purchase on DVD.
Lending Library/Paper Coursework () and Lending Library/Online Coursework () — Through a partnership with the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives, you may obtain additional programs on videotape/DVD through your local library. This option is ONLY available to Kentucky residents.

KET early childhood courses are administered by a trainer who has obtained a Level 4 Kentucky Early Childhood Trainer Credential.