Join Brightside Academy’s ASPIRE ECE Initiative and advance your education with our internal CDA program!
Obtaining a Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential is an important step in gaining knowledge about child development, early childhood education, and best practice inside of the classroom.
What is a CDA?
The CDA is the most widely recognized credential in early childhood education. The CDA credential is based on a core set of Competency Standards, which guide building qualified education professionals.
What Benefits are Associated with Obtaining My CDA?
After obtaining your CDA, many doors can open such as ERA award eligibility through Keystone STARS, eligibility to be hired for contract program positions, and a transition into the ECE Apprenticeship which supports with obtaining an Associate’s Degree in ECE.
How Does the Brightside Academy CDA Program Work?
The Brightside Academy CDA Initiative is a 120-hour training program that prepares you to complete your CDA portfolio, apply for the CDA, be observed by a PD Specialist, and pass the CDA exam. The program is delivered in three formats: Online, Face-to-Face, and CDA Apprenticeship.
- Online: The online CDA program is self-paced. You must have access to a computer and be self-motivated.
- Face-to-Face: Classes are held once per week in the evening for approximately 16 weeks.
- CDA Apprenticeship: This is a hybrid course with online and on-the-job learning. You will be partnered with a mentor who will support your learning and assist you in putting your learning into practice.
The following competency areas are reviewed throughout the course:
- Competency ONE: To establish and maintain a safe, healthy learning environment
- Competency TWO: To advance physical and intellectual competence
- Competency THREE: To support social and emotional development and to provide positive guidance
- Competency FOUR: To establish positive and productive relationships with families
- Competency FIVE: To ensure a well-run, purposeful program that is responsive to participant needs
- Competency SIX: To maintain a commitment to professionalism
Final Project: Portfolio
The final project for all three learning formats is a portfolio. This portfolio showcases your knowledge in each competency area as well as a collection of resources that support the competencies that have been taught.