Child Development Associate Certificate Program (CDA)

A Child Development Associate (CDA) is an individual who has successfully completed a CDA Assessment and has been awarded the CDA Credential. She meets the specific needs of children and works with parents and other adults to nurture children’s physical, social, emotional and intellectual growth in a child development framework.
The Credential is awarded to individuals who are working in, or wish to work in any of three childcare settings:

  • Center-based, for which Candidates receive endorsements to work with infants and toddlers or preschool children
  • Family Child Care
  • Home Visitor

In order to complete the CDA Assessment, the individual must have worked in a childcare setting for a minimum of 480 hours within the previous 5 years.  It is possible to complete the coursework offered here before the completion of these mandatory hours.

For information about the CDA Assessment, please go to the website for the Council for Professional Recognition at www.cdacouncil.org.

Please Note: Students must be 18 years of age and have a high school or GED diploma in order to enroll in the CDA program.
Reimbursement: Anyone who is a member of a Keystone Stars site can apply for a 90% tuition refund and the $325 assessment fee for the CDA assessment. Please Note: Reimbursement is subject to the availability of funds. Tuition vouchers are available on the Key website www.pakeys.org under professional development.

The same book and packet will be used for Part I and Part II.
A materials list will be mailed prior to first class, approximate cost $90 for text and workbook, $23 for assessment packet.
For further information please contact the Director of Continuing Education at (215)968-8104 or email coned@bucks.edu.

CDA Part I

These first 60 hours of the CDA program will focus on Professionalism in Childcare; principles of child development and learning; and the physical, intellectual, social and emotional development of children and infants through pre-school, and observation and growth and development of children from birth through 8 years.  

Hybrid Online/ $365/ WSMCE 3231 C20/ 10/6-12/14
Required orientation at Newtown Campus, Mon, 10/6, 6:30-9:30pm, plus two additional onsite classes 11/3 & 12/8, Brigitte Hix, M.A. PQAS Certified
Approved Hours: 60 (Act 48, CDA)

Classroom/ $365/WSMCE 3231 C01/10 Mon,
9/15-11/17 and 10 Wed, 9/17-11-19, Ellen Price Maloy
Approved Hours: 60 (Act 48, CDA)

CDA Part II

The second 60 hours of the CDA program will prepare you to take the national CDA assessment, and will focus on Planning a Safe, Healthy, Learning Environment; Observation of Young Children; Working with Families; and Program Management. This program is non-sequential; CDA Part I is not required to register for this course. 

$365/ WSMCE 3232
Next offering: Spring 2015
Approved Hours: 60 (Act 48, CDA)

CDA Renewal

Teachers, if you wish to renew your CDA Credential you must receive a minimum of 4.5 CEUs for 45 additional hours of coursework in early childhood education. This must be completed within three years of receiving your initial Credential, and every five years thereafter. For further information, please check the Council for Professional Recognition’s website at www.cdacouncil.org.