Child Development Associate Certificate Overview

The Child Development Associate (CDA) is a credential that qualifies students to work in the field of childcare and care giving. The CDA is a widely recognized credential in early care education and is an important step in advancing ones’ career. The CDA credential is a minimum requirement for all early childhood providers receiving state funding. At Rhodes State College, we prepare students with the tools and experience to successfully prepare for the CDA National Assessment credential.  Students complete three courses (9 credit hours) with experienced faculty. A nationally certified Professional Development (PD) Specialist assists CDA students with completing their initial application, portfolio development, practice final interview, and exam preparation.

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Career Opportunities

Child Development Associate

Q & A

  1. Are there many openings for childcare workers?
    1. Yes! According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, over 150,000 openings for childcare workers are projected annually through 2030.
  2. What are the requirements for the CDA program?
    1. Candidates must be 18 years old, have a high school diploma (or equivalent), and be currently employed or volunteering in an early childhood setting.


Program Highlights

  • TEACH Grant opportunities available to applicable CDA candidates.
  • The CDA preparatory courses can be completed in a variety of ways. Students have the option of completing required courses over two semesters, or complete the courses in an accelerated format.
  • CDA preparatory courses are offered in both traditional (face to face) format, completely online, or in a combination of formats.

Selling Points

  1. The yearly median pay (the amount of money that half of the workers earned more, and half earned less) for childcare workers in the United States was $25,460.
  2. The CDA program at Rhodes State College offers two concentrations: Infant/Toddler Certificate and Preschool Certificate.
  3. College credit in the CDA certificate can be applied to the Associate of Arts degree in Education (for students who wish to transfer to four-year college and complete a bachelor’s degree in education).

Real World Experience

Students complete fifteen (15) hours of hands-on supervised classroom experience in the Preschool concentration and (30) hours in the Infant/Toddler concentration.

Accreditation Information

The Early Childhood Education Program is accredited by the:

State of Ohio Department of Education
Early Childhood Education
65 S. Front Street, Room 309
Columbus, OH

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