Child Development Associate

Program Description

The Child Development Associate (CDA) is a National Credentialing Program that provides instruction to individuals interested in working within the early childhood field. It is a comprehensive training program that encompasses all aspects of the fundamentals of child growth and development. The program allows individuals the opportunity to complete all eligibility and documentation requirements needed to obtain CDA certification: 120 hours of early childhood education, 480 hours of experience working with children, and the Professional Resource File.

The CDA program features Preschool, Infant/Toddler, Family Child Care, and Bilingual Certifications, while offering outstanding opportunities to obtain employment in the early childhood field.

CAREER OUTLOOK
Employment of preschool teachers is projected to grow 7 percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Growth is expected due to a continued focus on the importance of early childhood education. ¹

Complete Career Outlook
¹ BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, OCCUPATIONAL OUTLOOK HANDBOOK, 2016-17 EDITION, PRESCHOOL TEACHERS, ON THE INTERNET AT HTTP://WWW.BLS.GOV/OOH/EDUCATION-TRAINING-AND-LIBRARY/PRESCHOOL-TEACHERS.HTM (VISITED NOVEMBER 30, 2016).

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