Online CDA® Training Package

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Online CDA® Training Package Anytime, From Your Own Device.  

Benefits of Earning Your Child Development Associate (CDA®) Credential™ 

  • Advance your career and meet additional standards
  • Gain better understanding of developmentally appropriate practice
  • Reach a professional level of skill and knowledge
  • Reinforce your dedication and commitment to early childhood education career

Earning a Child Development Associate (CDA®) Credential is a valuable way to begin or continue your journey in lifelong learning. You may be just starting out as an Early Childhood Educator, or you may have years of experience in the field. Either way, the process you are about to begin will enrich your work with young children and improve the quality of care you provide. 

The CDA® Training Package includes 60 self-paced courses (120 hours of training) covering all eight CDA Content Areas with 12 CEUs awarded.

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As an added bonus, the CDA® Training Package comes with the Prep Guide: The Complete Review Manual, 4th Edition e-book which offers support through the CDA credentialing process.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) – CDA Training
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What do I receive with a purchase of a CDA Professional Development course bundle?

60 self-paced courses (120 hours of training) covering all eight CDA Content Areas with 12 CEUs awarded.

The CDA Prep Guide: The Complete Review Manual, 4th Edition e-book offers support through the CDA credentialing process.

What do I receive after completing coursework?

Certificates are awarded and can be downloaded after the completion of every course. These should be kept for documentation in your portfolio.

What if I have taken other trainings?

Any early childhood coursework you have taken throughout your career may apply to the 120 clock hours. Acceptable forms of training documentation include college transcript from an accredited college or university, Certificate of Training, and Letter of training on official letterhead of the agency.

What languages is this CDA® coursework offered in?

Think Small Institute offers CDA® coursework in English only, however, The Council offers a specific process for candidates working in other languages to ensure equitable opportunities for professional development.

What Do I Need to Do Before Applying for the CDA® Credential?

– Have a copy of their high school diploma, GED, or documentation of enrollment as a junior or senior in a high school career and technical program in early childhood education.

– Complete 120 hours of professional early childhood education.

– Complete a Professional Portfolio

Where does Think Small Institute fit in?

Think Small Institute, along with our partner Cypherworx, is offering a bundle of exceptional CDA® coursework to prepare learners for the CDA® exam and a career as early childhood educator.

Think Small Institute does not award the CDA® credential. The CDA Council is the only group to award the CDA Credential ™ and set the CDA® professional development guidelines. All CDA Candidates must apply with the CDA® Council to earn a CDA Credential.

Can I Purchase Just the CDA® Plan Without the eBook?

There is no option to purchase CDA® plan without the eBook – this helpful resource is included.

I have specific questions about the CDA® training, how do I find answers?

How Can I View the List of Courses?

For a list of the courses in the plan, please click here to view the PDF document.