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Online Child Development Associate (CDA) Training Course

Our online course provides training and support to ensure that participants meet the requirements of the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™. The CDA Credential™ is the most widely recognized credential in early childhood education (ECE) and is an important step to career advancement.  The CDA Credential™ is based on a core set of competency standards, outlined below, which guide early care professionals as they work toward becoming qualified teachers of young children. 

The Competency Standards are divided into six Competency Goals. Each goal is a statement of a general purpose or goal for caregiver behavior, and apply to all childcare settings. 


  • Goal I. To establish and maintain a safe, healthy learning environment 

  • Goal II. To advance physical and intellectual competence 

  • Goal III. To support social and emotional development and to provide positive guidance 

  • Goal IV. To establish positive and productive relationships with families 

  • Goal V. To ensure a well-run, purposeful program responsive to participant needs

  • Goal VI. To maintain a commitment to professionalism 

Our online CDA training program provides a minimum of 120 hours of early childhood education (ECE) coursework and qualified Instructors to assist individuals with completing the Professional Portfolio. This online course is perfect for those seeking a CDA Credential™ and/or those seeking professional development/training hours to meet state or local regulations.  Each course is offered in English or in Spanish, and includes an additional 50+ hours of ECE coursework for further professional development. 

Upon successful completion of the required 120 hours of coursework and completion of the Professional Portfolio, participants will receive assistance with applying to the Council for Professional Recognition for their certification. Participants can complete the CDA coursework and Professional Portfolio via our standard 9 month course, or through our Fast-track *14-week course.  Participants will have access to the online coursework for 12 months regardless of whether or not they choose the standard 9 month course or the 14-week Fast-Track course.

*Acceptance into the Fast-Track 14 week course requires individuals to have a high school diploma or equivalent and to have completed 480 hours of experience working with children in a licensed facility within the last 3 years.

For more information, or to learn how to sign up for this training course click the link below!

Online Child Development Associate (CDA) Training Course: Academics
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