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CDA FY24 Vir 04



Course Duration

11 weeks

Course Type


Course Location


Course Details Summary

Course Type


Start Date

April 29, 2024

Course Pace


CDA Assessment Type(s)

Infant-Toddler, Preschool

End Date

July 14, 2024

Day of Week


Course Times

Self-Paced, Asynchronous

About this Course

For students who want to enroll in Child Development Associate (CDA) preparatory coursework. Candidates who complete this course will have the knowledge they need for the CDA Assessment, as well as 120 clock hours completed. Successful students of the course will then proceed to do their CDA Assessment and Observation before receiving their CDA Credential.

This course is instructed online and a link to the course will be sent after registration is complete. It is instructed at an accelerated pace (less than 30 weeks) which means students should expect to handle a greater workload in a shorter than normal time. It is instructed in a self-paced manner, however the instructor will provide structure to the course content and may organize occassional meetings with students to provide explain course content, ask about student progress, and answer any questions.

Course Fees

Fees for this course are listed above and are due after the student has been registerd for the course but BEFORE the date the course begins. The fee for this course has been reduced by a grant. The fee includes the books you will receive. The fees for this course are non-refundable except in the case that the course is cancelled.


Candidates are expected to follow all instructor requirments such as deadlines for chapters/modules/sections of work to be complete, or to attend an occassional online meeting. At the instructor's discretion, candidates not adequately completing course requirements and not attempting to catch up will dropped from the course and will not receive credit and will not receive a refund of the fees. Instructors may be flexible if a candidate notifies the instructor of barriers they are experiencing regarding completing their coursework at the pace required.

Instructor Assistance

As the course progresses, your instructor will guide you through the portfolio process, voucher application process, and will communicate updates from the CDA council on testing and verification visits (observations).

Course Credit

All candidates who successfully complete the course will receive 120 clock hours of professional education covering the eight CDA Subject Areas on the PA PD Registry. Candidates who do not supply a valid PA Keys Registry ID # on their application may not receive credit for the course. Candidates will be able to log in to their PD Registry account and view their hours once the course is complete. Any pending payments, assignments, missing information, laptops that need to be returned, etc. from the candidate may delay the candidate from receiving their hours.


All candidates must be able to successfully obtain criminal record, child abuse, FBI clearances, complete mandated reporter child abuse training, and pediatric first aid and CPR.

CDA Assessment & Fees

In order to complete the CDA assessment after the course, please note the following:

  • You must have a high school diploma or be a high school junior or senior in an early education/child development Career and Technical Program

  • Any time before you apply for the CDA assessment: Complete 120 clock hours of professional education covering the eight CDA Subject Areas (This requirement is satisfied upon completion of the course.)

  • Within 3 years before you apply for the CDA assessment: Obtain 480 hours of experience working with young children.

  • Within 6 months before you apply for the CDA assessment: Prepare a CDA Professional Portfolio according to the requirements outlined in the CDA Competency Standards book. (This requirement is satisfied by complting the binder during the course.)

  • Upon successful completion of the course there is an additional $425.00 assessment fee. (This is separate from the fees to take the CDA Prep Course; this fee is charged by the CDA Council, not CCPN.) It can be covered with a voucher (grant) for STAR 1 or higher programs. Your instructor will guide you through the voucher process toward the end of the course.

How to Register


NOTE: Complete the steps below ASAP in order to give enough time for your information to be processed. Processing might take 1-3 weeks or possibly longer. We may not be able to register you if all steps aren't complete before the course starts.

This course is only for those who are employed at a child care program located in Philadelphia. If you are not, you will not be eligible for this course. We will have courses in fall 2024 that you may be eligible for.

Steps to register:

  1. Complete our interest form here. This does not register you for the course yet.

  2. If you have already been approved for funding by the ECE PDO, forward your approval email to us as well. When we receive your approval then we can register you.

  3. If you have not been approved for funding by the ECE PDO, you must complete their form for as well. After the ECE PDO has approved you, then we can register you.

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