There are no prerequisites to take this course.
To be eligible for the CDA certification:
- You must have a minimum of a high school diploma or GED, or be a junior or senior in a high school career and technical program, and
- Complete 120 hours of formal early childhood technical education (this course meets CDA requirements)
- Complete a CDA professional portfolio (this course assists with portfolio preparation)
- Complete a CDA verification site visit where a PD Specialist observes you working with children
Please note: Within three years of submitting your application, you must also have 480 hours (about three weeks) of professional work experience at a center-based program with experience in all three age groups.
For more information on the CDA requirements, please visit the CDA Council website.