This program is a stepping stone for early child care professionals working on becoming qualified teachers in the field. The CDA is perfect for those that are looking for a self-paced, cost-effective pathway to enter the field or for those where traditional college classes are not an option.

The online program is work-at-your-pace. The process is free! It includes the fees for your CDA credentials, as well as a coach to guide you from start to finish.

Who can apply for a CDA?

  • Early Child Care staff working in a center based or family care facility.
  • Must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Have a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent.


  • Be a high school junior or senior enrolled in a high school tech program for Early Childhood Education.
  • 480 hours of experience in the age group that they want a CDA in.
  • 120 hours of formal child care education.