· Advance the careers of Early Childhood Educators
· Reinforce your commitment to early childhood education
· Provide parents with peace of mind
· Understand developmentally appropriate practice
· Increase Early Childhood Educators' confidence
Benefits of The CDA Credential™
The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credentialing is a professional development opportunity for early childhood educators working with children ages 0-6. It is the most widely recognized credential in early childhood education (ECE) and is the best first step on the path of career advancement in ECE.
Over 800,000 CDA professionals certified worldwide.
Since its introduction in 1973, the CDA has gained recognition as the leading international training and certificate program for professional ECE teachers. Administered by the Council for Professional Recognition (Washington D.C.), the CDA Credential incorporates and expands upon the Six Professional Preparation Standards as set by the National Association of Early Childhood Education (NAEYC) – America‘s leading authority in the field of ECE.
Early Childhood Education is constantly evolving. For this reason, the Council for Professional Recognition is constantly working to keep up with current practices, advancing technology, and the growing diversity of individuals pursuing the CDA Credential around the world. That is why the Council now represents 23 languages.
Resources for The CDA Credential™
Our CDA Training Preview is an overview of the six-unit introductory courses selected by ChildWise according to the six competency standards of the CDA course. It helps students who are interested in joining the early education industry and those who have the ambition to obtain the CDA® certification to understand the course system and learning. The direction is the "heart test stone" for early education industry enthusiasts before entering the industry.
120-Hour CDA Training
CDA Early Childhood Education
CDA Training Preview
ChildWise offers the following CDA training courses.
Professional Development Training
CDA® International Early Educator Certificate is a 30-hour training class based on the CDA® curriculum standards. Upon completion, students will receive the CDA® International Early Educator Certificate (30 class hours). Top students will also get job recommendations. In this course, students will learn about developmental milestones and goals for infants and young children, formulating ways to help children grow and progress. This course is extensive and practical, useful for teachers in contact with infants and young children. In this course, students will also learn the basics of infant brain science, in order to better understand the roots of infants’ growth, development, and overall behavior. In addition to earning the CDA® International Early Educator Certificate upon completion, students will also receive 30 hours of CDA® training credits, which can be used towards the 120-Hour CDA® Certification Course.
Online 30-Hour Course:
International Early Educator Certificate
Our 120-Hour CDA® training is authorized by the Council for Professional Recognition to acquire the CDA Certificate. Our CDA® ECE experts created a 120-hour standardized course in accordance with the CDA® Certificate requirements. Worldwide, 800 thousand people have obtained the CDA® Certificate across 25 languages. The course covers six competency standards, including Safety and Health, Physical and Mental Competence, Social and Emotional Development, Family Communication, Curriculum Management, and Professionalism. The six competency standards are taught through 13 functional areas and 45 units, as well as an in-depth analysis of the development process of infants and young children. The real life problems discussed in the course provide practical knowledge and skills for early childhood educators in the field. Top students may receive recommendations or be invited to become a CDA® lecturer in the future.
The International Early Education Director Certificate for early childhood educators was developed by ChildWise according to CDA® curriculum standards. Based on the Senior International Early Educator Certificate, this course adds 10 hours of advanced classes. In addition to the basic vocational skills and ethics of infant and toddler education and managerial training, this course contains further training in overall ECE planning to help Early Childhood Educators expand their career development. This course lays the foundation for entrepreneurship and ECE investment. Upon completion, students will receive the International Early Education Director Certificate, as well as 50 hours of CDA® training credits, which can be used towards the 120-Hour CDA® Certification Course.
Online 40-Hour Course:
Senior International Early Educator Certificate Online
The Senior International Early Educator Certificate for early childhood educators was developed by ChildWise according to the CDA® curriculum standards. Based on the International Early Educator Certificate, this course adds 10 hours of advanced classes. In addition to the basic vocational skills and ethics of infant and toddler education, this course also adds managerial training. This training course helps Early Childhood Educators further advance their career, and lays the foundation for obtaining the International Early Education Director Certificate. Upon completion, students will receive Senior International Early Educator Certificate, as well as 40 hours of CDA® training credits, which can be used towards the 120-Hour CDA® Certification Course.
Online 50 Hour Course:
International Early Education Director Certificate
The CDA® certificate is the most widely recognized certificate in early childhood education and the best way to jumpstart a career in ECE. There are four types of CDA® certifications: Center-Based Infant/Toddler CDA, Center-Based Preschool CDA, Family Childcare CDA, and Home Visitor CDA. Students may choose which certificate they would like to attain based on their personal career goals.
The CDA® certificate is recognized in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and all U.S. territories. It is a necessary professional certificate for teachers working for the military, and it is a mandatory certification in 19 states.
Our Professional Development Training is a one-day offline training course created by ChildWise for professionals working in preschools, daycare centers, early childhood education institutions, etc. The course provides knowledge and best practices by CDA® certified experts to help early childhood educators improve their skills in a short amount of time. Not only do participants get hands on training from CDA® certified instructors, but this course also provides a networking opportunity for like-minded professionals in the field of ECE.
- Family Child Care
- Home Visitor
The CDA Credential gives educators a chance to demonstrate their knowledge, skills, and abilities in ECE. To earn the credential, candidates are assessed using multiple sources of evidence, including a professional portfolio, exam, and Verification Visit prepared by the Candidate.
The CDA Credential requires educators to implement 6 competency goals and 13 functional areas within their approach to teaching. As part of the CDA Credentialing process, educators will deepen their knowledge in these areas as part of their 120 hours of education (see Step 1 below).
The CDA Credential is offered in 4 settings:
To be eligible to apply for a CDA Credential candidates must complete the following:
Applying (Steps 1-3)
The Professional Portfolio
Proof of Education
Competency Statements (6)
Resource Collection Items (22)
Reflective Dialogue Worksheet
Your Professional Philosophy Statement
Testing and Verification (Steps 4-6)
Step 4: Candidates must prepare all necessary documentation and resources, and submit application and fee. Once they receive a notice of completion from the CDA Council, they must schedule CDA Exam and Verification Visit.
Step 5: Candidates must pass the CDA exam at one of the thousands of locations around the world. The exam lasts an one hour and 45 minutes and includes 65 multiple-choice questions. During this time, candidates will also have their Verification Visit, which must take place where the Candidate works or volunteers. During the Verification Visit, the CDA PD Specialist will review the contents of the candidates Professional Portfolio, and observe the candidate working with children.
Step 6: After the Candidate successfully complete their CDA Exam and Verification Visit, their score is transmitted to the Council within 24-48 hours. If there are no issues, the credentialing decision should take 1-3 business days.
Step 1: Attain a high school equivalent diploma or be a high school junior or senior in an early education/child development Career and Technical Program, and have complete 120 hours of professional education covering the eight CDA Subject Areas.
Step 2: Obtain 480 hours of experience working with young children (corresponding to your chosen credential setting).
Step 3: Complete your CDA Professional Portfolio.
CDA Training & Credential
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