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Child Development Associate

Child Development Associate

The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential is a national credential awarded by the Council for Professional Recognition. It is a key stepping stone for many early-care professionals on the path of career advancement in early-care and education. The 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.



CDA Competency Standards
Educational Requirements: 150 Clock Hours of Formal Training


Providing a Safe and Healthy Learning Environment 35
Steps to Advance Children’s Physical and Intellectual Development 25
Positive Ways to Support Children’s Social and Emotional Development 15
Strategies to Establish Productive Relationships With Families 10
Strategies to Manage an Effective Program Operation 10
Maintain a Commitment to Professionalism 25
Observing and Recording Children’s Behavior 10
Principles of Child Growth and Development 20
Total Hours 150



Your Journey to the CDA National Credential graphic

After contacting us about your interest in the course, an application will be sent to you via email requesting the following information:
  • Student Name
  • Student Phone Number
  • Alternate Phone Number
  • Student Address
  • Student Date of Birth
  • Student e-mail address (required)
  • Company (if applicable)
  • P.O. Number (if applicable)

Return the completed application via email to as an attachment. You will receive log-in information within 1-5 business days after we receive your application. Once you receive your log-in information, you will complete the online course and take the online exam.

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Continuing Education Units (CEU)

Our online continuing education hours meet the 45 hours/3 years for CDA renewal and 20 hours/year of professional development for childcare workers that is required by DHS to maintain credentials and employment, and stay in compliance with state regulations. All courses are approved by the CECPD OK Professional Development Registry.

Online Courses Include:

  • Ensuring Developmentally Appropriate Practices
  • Healthy Children and Family
  • Keeping Children Safe

And many more!

Cost is based on the number of employees at a facility. Students can obtain 30 CEU hours per semester.



To begin the enrollment process, contact
Lori Woods
405-452-1245 or