Having a career in early childhood education can be as rewarding as it is challenging. But it’s what you love to do. It’s what you’re passionate about. And because we admire that passion and sympathize with the challenges you face every single day, we wanted to make it easier for you to maintain the credentials you need (while also saving money).
One of the credentials that’s crucial to working in early childhood education is a CDA. As you are already aware, a CDA (Child Development Associate) is a national credential awarded by the Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition. Here’s what you need to do to maintain yours.
How to Maintain Your CDA Credential [Brief Guide]
What’s the number of hours I need to complete for a CDA?
The National CDA Credential requires 120 hours of child care courses.
How often do I need to renew my CDA?
First, make sure to take note of the date you received your CDA and the date it expires. All CDAs issued after June 2013 must be renewed every three years. Normally, the CDA Council requires that you complete a new CDA Credential if your expired CDA was not renewed before its expiration date.
How many CEUs do I need to renew my CDA?
To renew your CDA, you will need to complete the equivalent of 4.5 CEUs of training. Additionally, you’ll need to submit a renewal application to the Council for Professional Recognition.
How long is my credential valid?
Your CDA Credential is valid for three years from the award date, and it must be renewed before it expires. Also, a CDA Credential may only be renewed for the original setting, age-level endorsement, and specialization. Additional information, including the CDA Renewal Procedures Guides for each setting, can be found on the CDA Council’s website by clicking here.
What else do I need to do to renew my CDA credential?
All CDA Renewal Candidates must meet the following requirements:
- Proof of current Red Cross or other nationally recognized agency First Aid and Infant/Child (Pediatric) CPR certificate.
- Proof of 45 clock hours (4.5 CEUs) of training in early childhood education/child development that is related to your CDA setting. You must complete this training after your CDA credential’s issue date.
- Letter verifying 80 hours of work experience with young children or families of young children within the past year
- Letter of recommendation from an Early Childhood Education Professional.
- Proof of membership to a national or local early childhood professional organization.
- CDA Council Renewal fee: $150. Candidates who apply online using YourCDA will receive a discount of $25 and will be charged a $125 renewal fee.
- You may submit your Renewal Application no sooner than six months before your credential expiration date. Note: You must renew your credential before it expires. Your credential will expire 3 years from the date of award.
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