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Child Development Associate Training

Become a Certified Child Development Associate (CDA)

Childcare professionals play a vital role in early childhood development. This 100% online course offered through CSU Bakersfield Extended Education will train you for a career in child development and help you earn the Council of Professional Recognition's CDA certification. Key topics include procedures and strategies for creating a safe and enriching childcare environment.

What you will learn:

  • After finishing this course, you will have completed a self-study CDA certificate that meets the 120 clock hours of professional development required by the Council for Professional Recognition in order to obtain the National CDA Credential.
  • Understand development stages for infants, toddlers and preschool-aged children
  • Gain the ability to establish positive and productive relationships with school personnel, families and child students
  • Know how to effectively manage a childcare facility and know standard procedures and strategies needed to provide a safe and enriching childcare environment

To apply to the Child Development Associate Training program at CSU Bakersfield, in partnership with CareerStep, complete the following steps:

  • Navigate to the CSUB/Ed2go website
  • Click the ENROLL ONLINE button
  • Continue to CHECKOUT
  • Fill in required fields
  • Complete payment information or make payment arrangements

Need help enrolling? Call (855) 520-6806

Applicants must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age

  • Meet one of the following requirements:

    • High school diploma

    • General Education Development (GED) Certificate

The Child Development Associate Training Program costs $975.

We understand that one of the biggest concerns tied to furthering your education is how to pay for it. To help, CSU Bakersfield and Career Step offer low tuition prices that provide big payoffs. We've also designed multiple tuition payment plans, allowing you to choose the funding option that best fits your needs.

We currently offer:

  • A discount when you choose to pay your tuition in a single payment
  • An interest-free, 3-month payment plan
  • A low interest, 12-month payment plan

For more information on tuition and funding options, please contact us at (855) 520-6806.

Note: Program is not eligible for FAFSA-based financial aid.

Childcare and Education I

Business aspects of childcare facilities; personnel techniques and procedures

Childcare and Education II

Establishing positive relationships with parents and families; providing a safe and secure childcare environment

Childcare and Education III

Development stages for infants, toddlers, and pre-school age children; effective techniques for fostering positive self esteem

Childcare and Education IV

Early childhood academic and enrichment activities; managing behaviors, resolving conflicts


The Child Development Associate Training program is completely online and provided by our partner, Ed2go. Once you are registered with Ed2go, your password and access information will be emailed to you. Through the CareerStep portal you will have access to:

  • Readings
  • Homework assignments
  • Quizzes / tests
  • Technical support
  • Discussion boards
  • One-on-one help from instructors
  • Additional resources

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