Avoid Plagiarism….How To Write CDA Competence Standards

It is important to write your own competency statements. Avoid the attempt to copy and paste or use samples and pass them off as your own, this is considered plagiarism. Plagiarism is a violation of ethical conduct in an academic setting and is considered academic dishonesty. Every CDA Credential candidate agrees to “abide by the NAEYC Ethical Code of Conduct”.
“As individuals, we acknowledge our responsibility to provide the best possible programs of care and education for children and to conduct ourselves with honesty and integrity.”
Here are a few strategies from TIPS for Child Care Institute you can use to avoid plagiarism of statements:
  • Avoid using sample writings or templates
  • Visit and gain additional foundation on the functional area
  • Brainstorm to narrow down your writing
  • Use your resource collection to support your understanding of the functional area
  • Use the “Functional Area At-A-Glance” page in your Competency Standard Book
  • Use the TIPS 6 Step Narrow It Down Strategy