Child Development Associate (CDA)

What is it?

The Child Development Associate (CDA) credential is the most recognized credential in early childhood education (ECE) and is an important stepping stone on the path to advancement in one’s ECE career.

The CDA Credential is based on a core set of competency standards that are used to guide professionals as they work towards becoming qualified teachers to young children. The Council for Professional Recognition is working to ensure that the nationally-transferable CDA is a credible and valid credential which can be recognized but the profession as a vital part of professional development.

CDAs incorporate knowledge of how to put the CDA competency standards into practice and provides an understanding of why those standards help children success to move from one developmental stage to another. The Credential Development Associate credentials know how to nurture and recognize the emotional, physical, intellectual, and social development of children.

What are the Benefits?

With the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential a provider will be able to:

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

Scholarship Opportunities

Minnesota CDA Locations

Organizations Offering CDA Training

Minnesota Specific Content

Cost

Who is Instructor/Level of Education

Online or In-Person?

Language of Instruction (in addition to English)

Approved through Achieve

Is there an Actual Articulation Agreement between CDA program and IHE?

Awards

For Profit or Not for Profit

Eager-to-Learn Child Care Aware

Both

$600

Masters degree

Online- instructor led

English

Yes

See below

TEACH CDA Priority 1

Not for Profit

East Creek Family Center

No

$300

Bachelors Degree

In Person

English

Yes

See below

TEACH CDA Priority 2

Not for Profit

Care Courses

No

$400

Self Study

Online

English

Yes

See below

TEACH CDA Priority 2

For Profit

Better Kids Care

No

$300

Self Study

Online

English

Spanish

Yes

See below

TEACH CDA Priority 2

Not for Profit

CCEI

No

$2700

Self Study

Online

English

Spanish

Yes

See below

TEACH CDA Priority 2

For Profit

Penn Foster

No

$514

Self Study

Online

English

No

This is an odd one

N/A

For Profit

Child Care Aware

Yes

$600

Approved trainer through Achieve min of Bachelors

In Person

English

Spanish

Somali

Hmong

Yes

See below

TEACH CDA Priority 1

Not for Profit

Martin LutherCollege

No

$155 per 12.5 clock hours—Approx. $1500

Masters or higher

Online

English

Yes through Higher ed

Yes

College credit

Private College

Minneapolis Community Education

No

Free

Achieve approved with Bachelors degree

In person

English

Yes

See below

TEACH CDA Priority 2

Not for Profit

Mis Nanos Training Center

Yes

$800

Bachelors degree in ECED

In person

Spanish

Yes

See below

TEACH CDA Priority 1

For Profit

Prosolutions Training

No

$399

Self Study

Online

English

Spanish

Yes

See below

TEACH CDA Priority 2

For Profit

Rasmussen College

No

 

Masters Degree or higher

Online

English

 

Yes through Higher ed

Yes to their own college

For Credit

For Profit

University of Minnesota – Duluth

No

$1000

Masters Degree or higher

Online

English

 

Yes through Higher ed

Yes to their own college

TEACH CDA Priority 2

Public University

Successful Solutions Training

No

$480

 

Unknown

Online

English

 

No

See below

NO

For Profit

Smart Horizons

No

$269 or $749 with Portfolio help

Self Study

Online

English

Spanish

Yes

See below

TEACH CDA Priority 2

For Profit

YWCA Minneapolis

No

No Cost for eligible participants

Unknown

In-person

English

 

Unknown

See below

Unknown

Not for Profit

 

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