Indiana Non-Formal CDA Project
WHAT IS A CDA?
“CDA” stands for “Child Development Associate,” a nationally recognized credential awarded to early care and education professionals who complete specified training, pass an exam and complete an assessment. CDA credentialing prepares early care and education professionals to meet children’s unique needs while nurturing their physical, social, emotional and intellectual growth. CDAs often enjoy a career advantage over their non-credentialed peers.
A CDA CREDENTIAL…
…Empowers early care and education childhood professionals with greater knowledge and advanced skills, enabling them to better meet children’s individual needs and enhance the overall quality of care and education.
…Is recognized nationally, enhancing career opportunities for the early care and education professional, no matter where he or she works.
WHY SHOULD I CHOOSE THIS TRAINING OPTION?
Receive 120 clock-hours of training provided throughout the State by an organization or agency with expertise in early childhood teacher credentialing. The distinctive CDA Credential is the only nationally-recognized, portable, reciprocal, competency-based credential of its kind in the country.
Scholarships support a portion of the cost of the 120 clock-hours of training and the required books. Scholarship participants share a portion of the cost for the training.
Earn a $100 bonus awarded upon the successful completion of 120 clock-hours of training. Successful graduates are also eligible to receive a CDA Assessment Scholarship through the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® INDIANA Project.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST!
Access a team of professionals ready and able to guide you through each step of the CDA credentialing process.
WHO PROVIDES THE TRAINING?
Indiana AEYC contracts with experienced agencies throughout the state to bring you the best CDA training available. Please contact Indiana AEYC directly for the class nearest you.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I’M ELIGIBLE?
Indiana non-formal CDA Project applicants must be:
- Employed in a licensed/registered/certified facility/home/ministry/school in Indiana
- Working 30 or more hours per week, earning $15.00 or less per hour as a teacher/teacher assistant, or $18.00 or less per hour as a director/administrator
- 18 years or older
- A resident of Indiana
- A high school graduate or have obtained a High School Equivalency (formerly GED)
WHAT IS THE INDIANA NON-FORMAL CDA PROJECT?
The Project helps early care and education professionals complete the training and assessment to earn the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential. The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential is the most widely recognized credential in early childhood education and is the best first step on the path to career advancement in early childhood education.
I WANT TO ADVANCE MY CAREER! HOW DO I APPLY?
Contact Indiana AEYC at 800.657.7577.