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CDA Child Development Associate

Christa Snyder | 301-784-5530

CDA Capstone: Portfolio, Application & Exam Prep

The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ is the most widely recognized national credential in early childhood education (ECE) and is a key stepping stone on this path to career advancement. ACM is offering a specific course designed to navigate through the application process with time to create the portfolio, practice for the interview and demonstration. It is the final step in a detailed and thorough certification process. Prerequisites: Successful completion of the following courses Child Growth and Development, Infant and Toddler Care OR Preschool Curriculum and Activities, & Child Care Administration or 120 hours of professional education covering the CDA’s 8 subject areas Must have 350 hours of work experience working with children in an early childhood setting. Refunds issued up until 7 days before course start date. Purchase textbooks and a 2" three ring binder with page protectors. MSDE Core of Knowledge - 11hrs Professional Development, 5.5hrs  Curriculum Planning, 5.5hrs Community Connections.

Online class has no classroom meetings. After you register, you will receive an automated reply with log in instructions for Canvas. Begin work on the start date.

Tuition: $230 (fee based, no waivers)

Oct 3-Nov 28 Online
Mar 5 - Apr 30 Online

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Prerequisites: Successful completion of the following courses:

Child Growth and Development 45 hours AND Preschool Curriculum and Activities 45 hours OR Infant and Toddler Care 45 hours, AND Child Care Administration 45 hours.

OR, 120 hours of professional education covering the CDA’s 8 subject areas.

Do you need a prerequisite class? Look up a class here


Other requirements for the CDA application:

  • Worked at least 350 hours in a child care program.
  • Be ready to complete the paperwork to begin the CDA certification process.



Competency Standards for Center- Based Preschool ages 3-5 yrs old  OR Infant-Toddler Competency Standards Book

Select only one book, it must correspond to the CDA you are seeking:  Preschool or Infant-Toddler.

Must be purchased directly from the Council for Professional recognition at


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