Child Development Associate(CDA) Courses in Chennai

Child Development Associate (CDA)

From focusing on child-centric development in both centre-based and home visiting programmes the Child Development Associate (CDA) course prepares you for jobs where you are expected to manage and guide young children. CDA is the most commonly accepted certification in early childhood education (ECE) in the United States

Why Choose CDA from Atheneum Global

Extensive 120 Hours training

A 120 hours CDA credential training program to become eligible to apply directly with the CDA Council. This will serve as a stepping stone to beginning formal endorsement process.

Globally accredited institude

From being a certified member of International Montessori Council (IMC), USA and also the International Montessori Society (IMS), USA, Atheneum Global Teacher Training College is recognized by established bodies in the field of teacher training.

Diverse online community!

At Atheneum Global, you will be exposed to a vibrant community of fellow students, grads, faculty and staff. Our online environment unlike other institutes is interactive, with fellow aspirants and industry experts always helping each other out!

Online not mentioned in your CDA certificate

Atheneum Global provides CDA teacher training courses online but the certificates won’t have a mention of it being online! You will be getting a CDA certification after successfully completing any of our CDA course.

High quality, low fees!

We made sure that we keep our courses at reasonable range so you can avail the perks of expert level training that is globally recognized without having to ponder over the prices!

Montessori education

Globally recognized CDA Credential to enter any childcare setting

If you wish to be a day-care teacher or pre-school teacher, teacher assistant, child care worker or even a governess, pursuing your CDA can help you stand out.

It requires immense dedication and patience to be able to be capable mentors to young kids and direct them in the right path. This is where Atheneum Global’s CDA courses will help you prepare essential skills while developing your potential so that you are pacing towards having a rewarding career.

What is the role of a child development associate?

Examining children, their actions that help determine their physical, mental and emotional development.

Creating processes and activities that help in enhancing their growth and skills unique to them.

Interacting with parents to inform them of their child’s progress and discuss on how to better manage and guide them.

Eligibility and Course Fee CDA


High school diploma is the mandatory requirement.

If you are an associate’s degree holder in early childhood education then CDA won’t be needed. You next step would be getting a bachelor’s degree. However, if that is not the case then go for the CDA credential certification!

Note that for you to be eligible to apply for the CDA council you have to ensure that your 120 hours of training must be documented, with no less than 10 hours in duration in each of the following areas of content:

1. Planning for a safe, healthy, learning environment.

2. Steps to advance the physical and intellectual development of children.

3. Positive ways of supporting children's social and emotional development

4. Strategies for establishing productive relationships with families.

5. Strategies for managing an effective operation of the program.

6. Maintain a commitment to professionalism.

7. Observing and recording the behavior of children.

8. The principles of children's development and learning.

Eligibility Requirement for CDA Council’s:

Candidates seeking to apply for CDA assessment in any of the settings(preschool/ infant/ toddler) must meet the following eligibility requirements:

Be 18 years of age or older.

Hold a high school diploma.

Have 480 hours of experience working with children within the past five years.

Have 120 clock hours of formal child care education within the past five years.

Candidates applying for a Bilingual Endorsement must meet the above requirements and be able to speak, read, and write well enough in both English and another language to understand and be understood by both children and adults.

COURSE FEE: reasonably priced, industry-relevant training:

In order to maximise the reach for anyone who wishes to become a child-development professional, we priced our CDA credential course fees reasonably.

The CDA for preschool training is priced at Rs 15,500 for Indian citizens and $200 for international students.

The CDA for infant/toddler training is priced at Rs 15,500 for Indian citizens and $200 for international students.

Child Development Associate (CDA) Course Fee Eligibility
CDA FOR PRESCHOOL TRAINING Rs 15,500 for Indian citizens and $ 200 for international students. High school diploma
CDA FOR INFANT/TODDLER TRAINING Rs 15,500 for Indian citizens and $200 for international students High school diploma



The CDA credential framework

The areas that the qualification will focus on are: CDA Training, and the observation and testing process.

Each form of certification focuses on six Competency Standards and 13 Functional Areas. For the application,

Candidates will be enrolling for 120 hours of formal Early Childhood Education in the appropriate age group.

Candidates will have to go through 480 hours of clinical experience in the appropriate age group.

Formal assessment by a Professional Development Specialist (PDS) accredited Council for Professional Recognition, an exposure to a computer-based CDA review and a mandatory declaration of ethical behaviour will be among the essentials.

Other procedures like the funded training programs (Head Start), four-year schools, community schools may be used to complete the training.

When the recommendation gets approved by the Commission for Professional Recognition, a PDS is expected to perform a Verification Inspection.

The PDS will perform the R.O.R. model during the Verification Visit, which will have an assessment plus an evaluation, reviewing of relevant documents that have proper evidence of first aid certification for children and children / paediatrics.

After the completion of these essentials, the CDA Council will be checking the application submitted in accordance with the results of the CDA Test and recommendations from the Professional Development Manager, and grant a CDA certification.

The CDA standards identify 8 subject areas:–

  1. Planning A Safe, Healthy, Learning Environment
  2. Steps To Advance Children’s Physical And Intellectual Development
  3. Positive Ways To Support Children’s Social And Emotional Development
  4. Strategies To Establish Productive Relationship With Families
  5. Strategies To Manage An Effective Program Operation
  6. Maintaining A Commitment To Professionalism
  7. Observing And Recording Children's Behavior
  8. Principles of Child Development and Learning

What kind of jobs can you get as a certified CDA?

Earning a CDA certificate will boost your early childhood care career immensely. Jobs that you can pursue can be in a classroom setting, day care or home. Those with a CDA certificate may function as:-

A pre-school teaching assistant, or daycare - Assisting a pre-school teacher is as important as being the teacher yourself because you are handling the overall; progress of every child, analysing it and including activities and techniques to better educate and guide them.

A head teacher at a daycare or preschool - A certification in CDA proves that you are capable of preparing a curriculum that assists in the growth of children, thereby organizing fun events and create schedules.

A certified governess - governess take on childcare duties in families.

Special tutors - Tutors who teach kids who need extra help with basic academic foundation.

What is the salary of a child development professional?

Kindergarten teachers - As per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistic kindergarten and elementary school teachers earned a median salary of $59,420 per year as of 2019.

Preschool workers - It also found that preschool workers in the year 2019 with an associate's degree qualification earned a median salary of $30,520.

Childcare workers - They earned a median annual salary of $24,230 per year.

Nannies - As per PayScale the salaries of nannies range from $19,000 to $53,000 per year, with an average of $33,172.

Accreditation and Affiliations

Atheneum Global Teacher Training College has both national as well as international accreditations which makes it one of the leading teacher training course providers. From being one of the few training and development organizations that is ISO certified to being members of international colleges and associations, Atheneum is globally recognized!

We are also proud members of The International Montessori Council (IMC,) USA and The International Montessori Society (IMS), USA who are dedicated towards designing policies that promote the essential principles of best practices and authentic Montessori education.

Additionally, Atheneum Global Teacher Training College is an institutional member of The College of Teachers (The Chartered College of Teachers) and Atheneum Global Teacher Training College is affiliated with London Teacher Training College which is a renowned Teacher Training College known for its remarkable, quality teaching.

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