CDA Preparatory Course | 120 Hours

This course meets the CDA requirements for 120 hours of training in early childhood education

What is a Child Development Associate Credential?

The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ is the most widely recognized credential in early childhood education (ECE) and is a key stepping stone on the path of career advancement in ECE. 

The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ is based on a core set of competency standards, which guide early care professionals as they work toward becoming qualified teachers of young children. The Council works to ensure that the nationally-transferable CDA is a credible and valid credential, recognized by the profession as a vital part of professional development.

CDAs have knowledge of how to put the CDA Competency Standards into practice and understanding of why those standards help children move with success from one developmental stage to another. Put simply, CDAs know how to nurture the emotional, physical, intellectual, and social development of children.

Earning the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ has many advantages, including exposure to the larger community of early childhood educators. Over 400,000 educators have received their CDA to date!

Becoming a CDA is a big commitment, but one that creates confident practitioners with command of today’s best practices for teaching young children.

Benefits of The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™

  • Advance your career
  • Meet job requirements
  • Reinforce your commitment to early childhood education
  • Provide parents with peace of mind
  • Understand developmentally appropriate practice
  • Increase your confidence

Click here to see the entire CDA process, and where this course fits in to it: STEP ONE

This is a Self-Paced Online Course     This course is entirely driven by you! All 120 hours of the required training are right here. Work at your own pace, in your own time, in the comfort of your own home. This course meets the STEP ONE 120-hour training requirement for the CDA Credential, as described in the flyer you can download above.

Support Sessions included (2 hours each)    Need some face-to-face help? You get unlimited free Support Sessions with us!  Get expert help, ask questions, and meet other CDA Students. During these sessions, we will also help you build your Professional Portfolio, and when the time comes, assist you with the CDA Application paperwork. Sessions are scheduled monthly online using Zoom Check out our website for the Support Session Schedule:

WA STARS Annual Hours included  If you live in WA State, 20 Hours of STARS is included, so you won’t need to take extra training this year! You will also be able to apply for $250 reimbursement from the DEL. We’ll help you do this.

IMPORTANT:  This course includes activities you must complete away from the computer. You will need the ability to:

  • download and print documents
  • scan and upload documents back into the course

Please be sure you are able to do this before purchasing this course!

If you have any questions prior to purchasing, please give us a call at (206)715-6146 (Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:00pm PST) or email 

Refund Policy:

  • All course purchases are final.
  • We do not provide refunds for unfinished courses.
  • If you purchased this course by accident, and have not started ANY of the coursework, please email us within 12 hours of purchase to discuss your options.

What's included?

15 Videos
7 Quizzes
34 Surveys
57 Texts
5 PDFs
1 Download

Course Curriculum

Child Development Associate - Preparatory Course | 120 hours

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