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Work toward a CDA with Bertelsen Education

With an annual membership, you get access to all of our courses for one year.

What is a CDA?

The Child Development Associate® (CDA) Credential™ is the most widely recognized credential in early childhood education. It's a great way to advance your career in early childhood education. The CDA® is based on a core set of competency standards set by the Council for Professional Recognition that guide early childhood professionals toward becoming qualified educators of young children.
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How much does it cost to get a CDA?

There are a few steps to take on your way to a CDA.
  • Annual Membership for coursework
    $149
  • Portfolio Course
    $TBD
  • Certification Test (from CDA Council)
    $TBD
Total Cost = TBD

Frequently asked questions

Does Bertelsen Education award the CDA?

No. Bertelsen Education provides courses that fulfill the CDA requirements, as well as a portfolio course and general information about how to obtain a CDA.

The CDA is awarded by the Council for Professional Recognition. The Council will administer the final test and award the credential.

Who is eligible for a CDA?

To be eligible for the CDA credential, you must possess a high school diploma or its equivalent, although the organization now allows select third and fourth-year high school students opportunities to qualify. In addition to meeting educational and experience requirements, you must submit documented verification of your work with children.

Browse by Core Competency

View the CDA core competencies and see which Bertelsen Education courses fit each requirement.

1. Planning a safe and healthy learning environment

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2. Advancing Children's Physical and Intellectual Development

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3. Supporting Children's Social and Emotional Development

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4. Building Productive Relationships with Families

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5. Managing an Effective Program Operation

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6. Maintaining a Commitment to Professionalism

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7. Observing and Recording Children's Behavior

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8. Principles of Child Development

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