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Become a Certified Child Development Associate (CDA)

Childcare professionals play a vital role in early childhood development. This 100% online course will train you for a career in child development and help you pass the Council of Professional Recognition’s CDA certification exam. Key topics include procedures and strategies for creating a safe and enriching childcare environment.

Kevin Feeley
BS in Electrical Engineering
HVCC Class of 2005

"Excelsior took all of my credits. I was able to jump right into upper-level courses."

Job Outlook for Childcare Professionals

Child Development Associate Training FAQs

Childcare professionals ensure the welfare, health, and safety of children under their care. Other common childcare job titles include:

  • Childcare Worker
  • Childcare Professional
  • Daycare Worker
  • Child Development Specialist
  • Child Development Center Assistant

Most work is completed in childcare centers, however some roles, like in-home daycare providers, will work at their own home or their clients’ homes.

The CDA is a nationally recognized credential that demonstrates a childcare professional’s skills, competencies, and knowledge. According to the Council for Professional Recognition, CDAs are able to “nurture the emotional, physical, intellectual, and social development of children.”

Earning a Child Development Associate credential can be a steppingstone to career advancement in the early childhood education field. Many CDAs go on to work in education as preschool or elementary school teachers.

Child Development Associate Training Objectives

Prerequisites and Requirements

There are no specific prerequisites for taking this course. This course is 100% online. Start anytime.


  • Childcare & Education I

    Business aspects of childcare facilities; personnel techniques and procedures

  • Childcare & Education II

    Establishing positive relationships with parents and families; providing a safe and secure childcare environment

  • Childcare & Education III

    Development stages for infants, toddlers, and pre-school age children; effective techniques for fostering positive self esteem

  • Childcare & Education IV

    Early childhood academic and enrichment activities; managing behaviors, resolving conflicts


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.

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