Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential Prep Classes


A critical part of earning your CDA Credential, awarded by the Council for Professional Recognition, is fulfilling 120 hours of formal education—and Rasmussen College can provide that first step into an early education career. The CDA classes are flexible, affordable and provide student support services along the way. Taught with substantial interaction from experienced faculty, the three fully online classes (12 college credits) are available through self-directed learning modules offered both in English and bilingual Spanish/English. When you're ready to advance your education, your credits can seamlessly transfer into the ECE Associate’s degree.

The bilingual Spanish/English option is taught by experienced bilingual instructors and can help you to bridge challenges in order to be successful in your educational journey—including continuing your education. Upon finishing your classes, you'll complete the remaining CDA Credential application steps, successfully complete the Verification Visit, sit for the exam to gain your CDA Certification—and be prepared for career success whether you study in English or Spanish.

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Online CDA Classes

    Foundations of Child Development

    This class explores developmental domains, theories and characteristics of children from birth to age eight.

    Curriculum and Instruction

    You’ll learn how to plan and teach developmentally appropriate curriculum in an early childhood environment and continue to explore the CDA Credential standards and application requirements.

    Health, Safety and Nutrition/CDA Application

    You’ll learn how to create and maintain safe environments for young children. Along with exploring the CDA Credential standards and application requirements, you may also, if eligible, apply for the CDA Credential at the completion of this class.

    Next Start Dates

    The CDA classes are taken one class at a time, with the following available start dates.

    CDA Class Start Date
    Foundations of Child Development 02/10/21
    Curriculum and Instruction 04/05/21
    Health, Safety and Nutrition/CDA Application 01/04/21

    For more information on the CDA Prep, contact our advisors by email at or call 855-297-2939.

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Where Can I Find CDA Training Near Me?

While students will be completing their CDA classes online, they will be able to receive extra support if needed on any of our campuses as well as online. These CDA Prep training classes are available in all states except New York, Rhode Island, Connecticut and California. 

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  1. See Rasmussen College course catalog for transfer policies.
  2. Completion time is dependent on transfer credits accepted and the number of courses completed each term.
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