Prep for CDA Certification Online with Ashworth

As a professional in the early childhood field, you'll help nurture young children, giving them a foundation for growing, socializing, learning, and working. The essential techniques taught in Ashworth College's CDA Certificate program, combined with your experience in the early childhood setting, can help you start or enrich your career as an early childhood professional. Our CDA Certificate course will help you move forward to meet the educational requirements of the widely accepted Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ established by the Council for Professional Recognition. Our graduates may be ready to apply for the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ in the preschool, infant-toddler or family child care setting. Graduate in as few as 4 months.

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Lesson Group 1: Orientation: Ashworth College Career Program

Learning at Ashworth  

The goals and values of Ashworth College; time management; creating a realistic weekly and monthly study schedule; the nature and purpose of assessments; how to study effectively to prepare for and take an online examination; developing the skill sets necessary for success in the twenty-first century.

Introduction to Early Childhood Education 

The purpose of this lesson is to provide information on why quality early childhood experiences are invaluable and introduce the student to the variety of childcare positions available.

Lesson Group 2: Teaching Essentials

Foundations of Teaching  

The purpose of this lesson is to present and describe the foundations of early care and education of children, from birth to eight years of age.

Understanding and Guiding Behavior  

The purpose of this lesson is to present different reasons for the way that children behave and to explore different methods for guiding and influencing children's behavior.

Observing and Assessing Children  

The purpose of this lesson is to help students understand the different forms of assessments and evaluations that teachers use, the purposes that they serve, and how to best organize and document the information that is collected.

Environments and Schedules  

This lesson will engage the student in activities and material to help learn how to design an effective environment and how to create a balanced schedule for the early childhood classroom.


In this lesson, the student will learn the purpose of curriculum and its significance in the early childhood classroom. The student will also explore how children learn, how to adapt the curriculum to fit different children's needs, as well as the importance of play.

Team Teaching  

This lesson will help the student articulate the essentials of team teaching and the challenges of developing positive working relationships with colleagues.

Collaborating With Families  

This lesson will help the student recognize the different elements that create family dynamics. It will also focus on the importance of family involvement in the classroom and school as well as the importance of communication with parents.

The Dynamics of Diversity  

This lesson will engage the student in material that helps demonstrate an understanding of the many facets of diversity and the skills for interacting collaboratively with the children and adults of various cultures, languages, and abilities in group care and education settings.

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Why Ashworth College for your Child Development Associate Certificate Class?

  • Ashworth College's CDA Certificate class tuition is extremely affordable and covers what you need to help meet educational requirements for certification.
  • Your Online CDA Classes fulfill the CDA requirement for 120 hours of formal education in specific child-care competency areas and allows you to become closer to being qualified to apply for the Child Development Associate Credential™
  • Your CDA Training identifies the requirements necessary to obtain the Child Development Associate Credential™*
  • Your online Child Development Associate Certificate program covers early childhood education fundamentals, including the foundations of teaching, different methods for guiding and influencing children's behavior, developing age-appropriate lesson plans, and integrating family involvement in the classroom
  • Your training course assists you in developing your professional portfolio necessary to apply for the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™
  • Your CDA classes online include virtual field trips and other web activities designed to enhance your learning experience, build research skills, and build your online collection of professional resources.
  • Ashworth College's CDA training includes a certification preparation booklet to assess your readiness to the recently added CDA credential exam. You'll have the opportunity to take a practice exam that includes examples of realistic questions found on the certification exam.

*The CDA Council has specific requirements for the CDA Credentialing process, including having 480 hours of experience working with young children. For more information on requirements, please visit the CDA Council's website:

Why earn the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ through the CDA Council?

  • The CDA Credential™ (Child Development Associate Credential) is the most widely recognized credential in early childhood education (ECE) and is fundamental for career advancement in early childhood education.
  • The CDA Credential™ has many advantages, including exposure to a larger community of early childhood educators.
  • The CDA Council works to make certain that the nationally-transferable Child Development Associate credential is recognized by the profession as an important part of professional development.

State Requirements

A career in this field may require you to meet certain licensing, training, and other requirements that can vary by vocation and state. You should check with your state, local government and/or licensing board to find out which requirements may be applicable in your state. Click here for contact information on state licensing/regulatory boards and certain professional licensing information.

Our CDA Certificate Online Course

As part of Ashworth College's online CDA Certificate training program, you'll learn the responsibilities associated with teaching children age-appropriate skills, developing positive relationships with colleagues and families, and the ways to support diversity in the classroom.

Employers are looking for professionals who can:

  • Supervise independent play
  • Instruct children in educational play
  • Encourage positive interactions with others
  • Teach skills such as drawing, counting, and reading
  • Form a safe and effective classroom environment
  • Foster proper mental, emotional, and physical development

Ashworth College Student Reviews

"The instructors went over everything that you didn’t know with you - and they were always there when you needed them."
– Shirley Ann Griffin, Student

"I’d recommend Ashworth to any student who’s very busy. If you’re a full-time Mom or if you’re working full-time, I recommend it because it’s very flexible and the online classes are very easy to follow. "
– Cecilia Occhieny, Student

"I love Ashworth College because I don't have to take student loans to pay my school fees. It is affordable and you can study at your own time."
– Michell Oberly, Student

"I’m glad I was able to get my degree quicker and the online classes inspired me to be able to do it at my own pace. The support was excellent."
– Debbie Hayden, Student

Your Event Planning Course Includes:

  • Comprehensive early childhood education textbook
  • Easy-to-follow online study guides
  • Online exams and assessments
  • Access to Academic Advisors
  • Access to a Learning Resource Center and Library via Proquest
  • Ability to track academic progress and manage account information via the student portal
  • Ability to interact with peer students, faculty, and staff via Ashworth's Online Community
  • Personalized career guidance
  • Career certificate at graduation; you may participate in our live commencement ceremony

Will I earn my CDA Credential after completing Ashworth College's online CDA certificate Class?

No, this online CDA training course fulfills the 120 hours of formal education related to professional child care that's required to apply for the CDA Credential. In addition to the education requirement, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Have a high school diploma or be a junior or senior in a high school career/technical program in early education.
  • Have 480 hours of experience working with young children.
  • Collect specific documentation that shows evidence of practice working with young children, including a professional portfolio.*

*Your online program assists you in developing your professional portfolio necessary to apply for the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™

Do I need previous experience as teacher to enroll in Ashworth College's CDA certificate program?

No, you don't need to be a teacher prior to earning the CDA Credential. However, you must meet the specific CDA Council requirements, including hours of experience working with young children. For more information, visit

Is this training program all online or do I get books?

The Child Development Associate course includes a physical textbook that is shipped to the student at the start of Lesson Group 2. Learning guides are available online.

Our child care training online helps prepare you to earn your Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™. Call 1-800-957-5412 or enroll online today.

Note: There are no prerequisites to enroll in our program. However, to earn the CDA Credential you must have a high school diploma or GED, a minimum of 480 hours working with children within the past 5 years, and 120 hours of formal education that includes 10 hours in each of the CDA competency areas. The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ is a nationally recognized credential required for employment in many child care occupations. Students should verify the value of this credential with their employer or potential employer before enrolling.