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Child Development Associate – Center-Based

Learn the principles of child growth and development from birth through age five and how they align with the eight Child Development Associate® (CDA) competencies and National Association of the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) professional standards.

$1,295.00 (USD)
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Does this course prepare me for a certification?

Yes. You will be prepared for the Child Development Associate® (CDA) certification and credentialing process for two of the four available pathways. This course will prepare you for the Infant-Toddler and Preschool pathways of the CDA certification. The Infant-Toddler and Preschool pathways will prepare you to work as an educator in a childcare center.

The education hours earned can be applied toward both pathways. However, you will need to prepare a different Professional Portfolio and have a separate CDA Verification Visit for each age group to be certified in both pathways. For more information on the CDA requirements and to learn more about the four available pathways, please visit the CDA Council website.

If I am interested in Family Child Care, will this course prepare me for the Family Child Care exam/pathway of the CDA?

No, this course prepares students for the Infant-Toddler and Preschool pathways/exams of the CDA.

How do I claim help with my second portfolio for certification in a second pathway?

You will need to contact your student advisor and state that you would like to enroll in preparing for your CDA second portfolio.

Do I need to get certified in a second pathway?

No. You do not need to get certified in a second pathway, but it does provide greater flexibility and opportunity for your career. There are no additional out-of-pocket expenses to prepare for your second pathway, as they are included with your original program fees.

Do I also get a voucher for my second exam?

No. This course does not include the voucher for the second certification exam. You will need to pay the certifying body to sit for the exam.

When can I start this course?

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

How long does it take to complete this course?

After you register, you will receive 6 months to complete the course. The time allotted for completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours.

What if I do not have enough time to complete the course within the timeframe 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 the student advising team to see what options you may have available to work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

What kind of support will I receive?

The course instructor will be available by email to answer questions and provide feedback on your performance. Occasionally, your course may be supported by a team of industry experts. You will also receive support from the student advising team.

What happens when I complete the course?

Upon successfully passing the final exam, you will be awarded a certificate of completion from the school or organization you registered.

Am I guaranteed a job?

ed2go courses will help you gain the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. However, you should always research the job market in your area before enrolling.

Can I get financial assistance?

ed2go courses are non-credit, so they do not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA, and Pell Grant. Vocational rehab or workforce development boards may provide funding to take our courses in some states. Additionally, you may qualify for financial assistance if you meet certain requirements. Learn more about financial assistance.

How can I get more information about this course?

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

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