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Child Development Associate Training

Do you love working with kids? A career in child care could be perfect for you. This online course in childcare and education will allow you to earn your national Child Development Associate (CDA) certification and achieve your career goals as a teacher or child care professional. This convenient, affordable CDA class allows you to work at your own pace in a flexible, self-directed online learning environment—and go on to a fulfilling career shaping the minds of the future.

The Child Development Associate Training course was designed especially for working adults. Upon completion of the course, you will have earned the 120 hours of professional development required by the Council of Professional Recognition for CDA certification. The course is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Don't let a busy schedule keep you from the career of your dreams. If you're looking for CDA classes near you, look no further than the comfort of your own home. You can enroll anytime and fit the lessons into your life—no need to adhere to a set class schedule. Start preparing for your future now!

6 Months / 120 Course Hrs
Open enrollment

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Purchase College, SUNY

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Learning Method


Self-Paced. Study on your own schedule

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Child Development Associate Training

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Details + Objectives

Course Code: GES131

What You Will Learn
  • The development stages for infants, toddlers, and pre-school-age children.
  • How to establish positive and productive relationships with personnel, parents and families, and children.
  • How to effectively manage a child care facility.
  • Procedures and strategies to provide a safe and enriching child care environment.
How the course is taught
  • Self-paced, online course
  • 6 months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 120 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Complete the professional development requirements you will need in order to apply for the National CDA Credential.
  • Prepare for a career as an elementary or middle school teacher, substitute teacher, preschool or child care provider, or nanny or babysitter.
  • Earn a certificate of completion you can add to your resume and use as a stepping stone to career success!


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Section 1

The first section of our course covers the business side of working with children, whether you're interested in teaching, child care and daycare, or becoming a nanny. In seminar 1, we'll review the business aspects of child care facilities, and in seminar 2, we'll go over techniques and procedures for staff and personnel.

Section 2

The second section is all about relationships—not only with the children's parents, but with the children themselves. Relationship building is an essential part of being a successful Child Development Associate. In seminar 1, we talk about establishing positive relationships with parents and families, while in seminar 2, we'll discuss providing a safe and secure child care environment.

Section 3

In the third section, we'll delve into the milestones of child development and teach you how to be a supportive, positive influence in any child's life. Seminar 1 will cover the development stages for infants, toddlers, and pre-school-age children, and seminar 2 will review effective techniques for fostering positive self-esteem.

Section 4

Section 4 will teach you real-life strategies you can apply to various situations that are sure to arise in the day-to-day world of the Child Development Associate. Seminar 1 invites you to discover some early childhood academic and enrichment activities, while seminar 2 discusses the very important topics of behavior management and conflict resolution.

  1. Child Care & Education Courses – 12 CEUs
    1. Childcare & Education I
      1. Semester 1: Business Aspects of Child Care Facilities
      2. Semester 2: Personnel Techniques and Procedures
    2. Childcare & Education II
      1. Semester 1: Establishing positive relationships with parents and families
      2. Semester 2: Providing a safe and secure child care environment
    3. Childcare & Education III
      1. Semester 1: Development stages for infants, toddlers, and pre-school age children
      2. Semester 2: Effective techniques for fostering positive self esteem
    4. Childcare & Education IV
      1. Semester 1: Early childhood academic and enrichment activities
      2. Semester 2: Managing behaviors, resolving conflicts

Instructors & Support

Darlene Lawrence

Darlene Lawrence is an academic coach and childcare and education instructor with five years of experience. She holds a bachelor's degree in business administration and a master's degree in teaching.




Though there are no prerequisites for taking the Child Care & Education courses, however, employers in the Child Care field may require a high school diploma.

This course provides you with the education requirements needed to obtain your credential. Learn more about the CDA application requirements.


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or later.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
Instructional Materials

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.


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Can I register for a course if I am an international student?

Yes, ed2go courses are completely online. However, keep in mind that not all certifying bodies or industry-specific certifications are recognized internationally. Please review your country's regulations prior to enrolling in courses that prepare for certification.

Does this course prepare for a certification?

Yes. After finishing this course, you will have completed a self-study CDA certificate that meets the 120 clock hours of professional development required by the Council for Professional Recognition in order to obtain the National CDA Credential.

When can I start the course?

This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

How long does it take to complete this course?

This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive six (6) months to complete the course.

What if I don't have enough time to complete my course within the time frame provided?

The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact your Student Advisor to help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

What kind of support will I receive?

You may be assigned with an instructor or team of industry experts for one-on-one course interaction. Your support will be available (via email) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our instructors are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach. You will be assigned to an Advisor for academic support.

What happens when I complete the course?

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.

Am I guaranteed a job?

This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

Can I get financial assistance?

This course is non-credit, so it does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more about financial assistance.

How can I get more information about this course?

If you have questions that are not answered on our website, representatives are available via LIVE chat. You can also call us at 1-877-221-5151 during regular business hours to have your questions promptly answered. If you are visiting us during non-business hours, please send us a question using the "Contact Us" form.

How long does it take to get a CDA certificate?

When you complete your CDA training online with ed2go, you can study at your own pace and finish the 120 hours of required coursework in six months or less. The time to complete the remaining requirements for your CDA Credential will depend on your previous work experience and how quickly you complete your application.

What can I do with a CDA in childcare?

The CDA Credential shows employers that you are a true professional, with the skills and experience needed to be successful in working with children. It is therefore useful in many different fields, including preschool and elementary school teacher, teaching assistant, nanny, and child care provider.

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About Certification

Council for Professional Recognition

The Council for Professional Recognition provides services and guidance to professionals in the field of early childhood education and development. The council helps improve the performance of teachers, childcare providers, and others to ensure they're meeting the needs of all children aged birth to five years. The administration of the Child Development Associate® (CDA) National Credentialing Program is one way they help to promote professionalism and expertise in this area. To date, more than 370,000 CDA credentials have been awarded, and you can be one of the recipients when you complete a certified online course.