Enhanced CDA Course
Agenda for Children's Enhanced Child Development Associate (CDA) Program is an innovative approach to the CDA. Our dedicated Early Learning Specialists teach the CDA classes, as well as provide coaching in participants' classrooms and ongoing support after the course ends. The new course is aligned to CLASS and GOLD, so course graduates will be set up for success in the new rating system. There are plenty of hands-on activities, so you can put what you learn in class into practice and get feedback from your coach. This course is BESE-approved and will prepare you to apply for the Early Childhood Ancillary Certificate.
Who is eligible to apply?
The Enhanced CDA course is a free course designed for early childhood educators who are eligible for a Pathways scholarship. If you answer yes to all of these questions, you may be eligible for a Pathways scholarship:
- Do you work for a Type III center?
- Have you earned fewer than 80 clock hours of training in early childhood education?
- Will this be your first time receiving a Pathways scholarship for a CDA?
This course includes a mix of online coursework and in-person classes, which are complemented by site visits to high-quality classrooms and coaching for every participant. Online coursework will be completed on your own time in the spring and fall. All participants will also attend in-person classes in June, July and August. These classes will be held on Tuesday and Thursday afternoonsfor the New Orleans program. The Northshore program will follow a similar schedule.
How to Apply
- If you have not already done so, enroll in Louisiana Pathways. This program is only for teachers who are eligible to receive a Pathways Scholarship for the Ancillary Certificate. Enrolling in Pathways is the first step you need to take to become eligible for the scholarship. Visit https://pathways.nsula.edu/career-development to learn how to enroll.
- Apply online by clicking here. Please note that you should be ready to fill out the application in one sitting, as there is no way to save it and come back later. To help you prepare, we put together a list of the questions that you will be asked in the application-it is not the actual application, so be sure to use the real form when you are ready to apply.
- Have your director email a letter of recommendation to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If you are eligible to participate in the program, Agenda for Children will invite you for an interview. You will be notified of your status if you have reached the interview stage or you are not eligible for the program.
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About the CDA Credential
The Child Development Associate (CDA) credential is one of the ways that teachers can qualify for an Ancillary Certificate, which will be required of all Lead Teachers in Type III centers by 2019. The CDA is designed to make sure that teachers have a solid foundation in early childhood education, both in terms of knowledge and practical experience. CDA candidates need at least 120 clock hours of training in early childhood education (in specific topic areas) and at least 480 hours of classroom experience. Candidates must also complete a professional portfolio, receive an observation from a professional development specialist and pass the CDA exam.
Visit the Council on Professional Recognition's web site to learn more about the CDA. You can also visit the Louisiana Department of Education's web site to learn more about Ancillary Certificates, including who is required to have one and how to get one. Agenda for Children is a BESE-approved provider.