What is a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential?
Early educators who work with children ages birth to 5 years old, may apply for a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential to demonstrate their knowledge, skills and abilities in the early childhood education field. The CDA credential is a national credentialing program that assesses candidates using multiple sources of evidence, including an exam, observation and professional portfolio.
Early educators may apply for a CDA credential for center-based preschool settings, center-based infant/toddler settings, and family child care programs.
What you need to earn a CDA certification
For information on how to apply for a CDA credential, please contact the Council for Professional Recognition.
What you can use your CDA credential for
A Child Development Associate (CDA) credential substitutes for the education requirements for EEC Teacher and Lead Teacher certification.