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To earn CDA:
  • Have a high school diploma or its equivalent
  • Have 480 hours of experience working with young children
  • Have 120 clock hours of formal training
  • Complete a portfolio
  • Complete an oral interview
  • Complete a written test

The Child Development Associate Credential (CDA), administered by the Council for Professional Recognition, is a nationally-recognized professional credential for early childhood educators.  CDAs are able to meet the specific needs of children and work with parents and other adults to nurture children’s physical, social, emotional, and intellectual growth in a child development setting.  There are currently more than 200,000 CDAs in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Virgin Islands.

Earning the CDA credential not only improves the quality of care and education children receive in the classroom, but it also has been shown to increase teachers’ commitment to the profession and to motivate them to continue their education.  For teachers, a CDA is often a first step to career advancement in the early childhood care and education profession.

Sheltering Arms Georgia Training Institute CDA Track provides the 120 hours of training needed to complete the CDA.  GTI’s CDA Track is designed to prepare the candidate for the oral interview and written test that are required of CDA candidates, and includes advisement and coaching for students on completion of the CDA portfolio.  Registration cost for the GTI CDA Track does not include credentialing and application fees, which must be paid directly to the Council for Professional Recognition.

The CDA Credential is valid for three years.  Sheltering Arms Georgia Training Institute provides continuing education classes and credits that meet the requirements for CDA renewal.

For more information on the CDA training at Sheltering Arms Georgia Training Institute, contact Shonnie Roberson


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