Orientation will inform you and us about your ability and desire to complete the free CDA course.
Be sure to do each step EXACTLY as instructed. Once you have successfully completed orientation you will qualify to begin your Free CDA Training with Ladybug Learning and AASC, LLC.
Our CDA is free to take the course. The course has been accepted as acceptable by the Council for CDA. The course is the required 120 Clock Hours and an additional Module about creating your portfolio and funding your CDA application.
Training is designed to provide you with the needed resources for your portfolio. Each Module includes resources and assignments that will be used later in your portfolio. The training is like a 2 in 1 inclusive training, not only will you complete clock hours, when done you have much of your portfolio created as well!
Once you complete the course you will be given the option to have formal supporting documents mailed to you in hard copy for your portfolio (required for CDA application).
The fee for the supporting documents is $155 and includes a certificate with seal and stamp, a notarized letter of courses competed and clock hours attained, and a recommendation letter for your CDA portfolio and professional use. The documents are processionally designed and printed and mailed certified mail to you. The $155 covers the cost of database for you, printing, creating, certifying and shipping the documents.
This orientation is designed to give you an idea of how our modules work, the interactive aspect, introduce you to our training, and assess your ability to proceed.
This section informs you about the CDA process. Be sure you understand the steps involved and the time and energy you will to invest in attaining your CDA before you proceed.
The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ is the most widely recognized credential in early childhood education (ECE) and is a key stepping stone on the path of career advancement in ECE.
The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ is based on a core set of competency standards, which guide early care professionals as they work toward becoming qualified teachers of young children. The Council works to ensure that the nationally-transferable CDA is a credible and valid credential, recognized by the profession as a vital part of professional development.
CDAs have knowledge of how to put the CDA Competency Standards into practice and understanding of why those standards help children move with success from one developmental stage to another. Put simply, CDAs know how to nurture the emotional, physical, intellectual, and social development of children.
Earning the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ has many advantages, including exposure to the larger community of early childhood educators. Over 300,000 educators have received their CDA to date!
Becoming a CDA is a big commitment, but one that creates confident practitioners with command of today’s best practices for teaching young children.
Advance your career
Meet job requirements
Reinforce your commitment to early childhood education
Provide parents with peace of mind
Understand developmentally appropriate practice
Increase your confidence
I. You will be asked to demonstrate your competence in an early childhood education setting based on the six CDA Competency Goals and 13 Functional Areas.
II. You may apply for the CDA Credential only if:
You hold a high school diploma, or equivalent, or you are a junior or senior in a high school career / technical program in early childhood education.
You are able to speak, read, and write well enough to perform the responsibilities of a CDA.
I. Formal training
You must complete 120 hours of formal early childhood education training, covering the growth and development of children aged from birth to 5 years, with no fewer than 10 training hours in each of the following subject areas:
- Planning a safe and healthy learning environment
- Advancing children's physical and intellectual development
- Supporting children's social and emotional development
- Building productive relationships with families
- Managing an effective program operation
- Maintaining a commitment to professionalism
- Observing and recording children's behavior
- Understanding principles of child development and learning
While formal education hours can be for credit or noncredit, they must be earned through an agency or organization with expertise in early childhood teacher preparation. The agency or organization must verify your education in the form of an official transcript, certificate, or letter.
How to get 120 Clock Hours of training
This training course provides with the 120 clock hours, plus additional hours and optional services. This training course is free. You must pay a Supporting Documents Service Fee to acquire the official documents we will provide as proof of training. Our training is accepted by the CDA Council as we are a legal entity. (see documentation below of acceptance).
A $6.00 Enrollment fee which is applied to the Supporting Document Service Fee must be paid at time of Modules 1-5. This is a non-refundable fee to set-up your student account and reserve your placement. We only take a prescribed number students at one time.
CDA Council Acceptance of Training Certificate.
Once you finish the Orientating Essay you will be granted access to Modules 1-5.