Start Your Career as a Child Development Associate

child developmentChildcare professionals play a vital role in early childhood development. This 100% 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.

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  • The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the demand for childcare professionals is projected to increase by 11% through the year 2026, which is slightly faster than the average. 
  • The average annual salary for childcare professionals is $21,170 and $28,790 for preschool teachers. With experience in the field, wage could increase. In fact, the median annual wage for a Childcare Center Director this year is $45,790. 

  • Understand development stages for infants, toddlers and preschool-aged children 
  • Have the ability to establish positive and productive relationships with school personnel, families and child students 
  • Know how to effectively manage a childcare facility 
  • Know standard procedures and strategies needed to provide a safe and enriching childcare environment 

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There are no prerequisites to take this course.


Business aspects of childcare facilities; personnel techniques and procedures 


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


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


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. 

This course is 100% online. Start anytime.

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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 homes 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 stepping stone to career advancement in the early childhood education field. Many CDAs go on to work in education as preschool or elementary school teachers.



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