Frog Street now offers online coursework and the portfolio support necessary to apply for your Child Development Associate (CDA) certification. The CDA credential is the most widely recognized credential in early childhood education and is key to career advancement. Partner with Frog Street to take your career to the next level!
The Frog Street CDA program offers 120 hours of coursework in the following concentration areas: Infant/Toddler, Pre-K, and Home Visitor. Learning modules are embedded in each course to support content learning and portfolio completion to ensure your success. Each course in the program also includes practice examination questions and classroom observation tips.
At the end of your Frog Street CDA program, the Capstone Course will feature guidance on applying to the Council for Professional Recognition to obtain your CDA credential.
Registration begins August 1, 2017. Courses begin September 12, 2017.
Frog Street CDA offers exceptional support and portfolio completion!
The CDA Credential is a competency-based credential (based on theory and appropriate practice) that may be currently obtained in English, with the bilingual option to be released in 2018.
Track options include the Regular paced coursework (34-38 weeks) or the Fast Track (28-30 weeks), depending on your personal preference and completion timeline. Both options will provide you with the necessary education to apply for your CDA certification.
Here are the requirements to apply to the Council for Professional Recognition to obtain your CDA credential:
- A high school diploma, GED or enrollment in a high school career and technical program.
- 120 hours of education in the 8 CDA subject areas (at least 10 hours in each area). The new Frog Street CDA program fulfills this requirement.
- 480 hours of work experience in the setting type of the credential being pursued by the candidate.
All courses are offered as a complete set or as separate courses. Courses are offered in the following 4 categories:
- Infant/Toddler Courses
- Pre-School Courses
- Home Visitor Courses
The Essentials for Working with Young Children Textbook and Essentials Workbook are both required for the Frog Street CDA program. These books provide CDA Candidates with everything they need in order to participate in the program and prepare the Professional Portfolio. Upon enrollment, these textbooks will be sent to each student.
Tuition for the Frog Street CDA program is $1,150 for the full 120-hour program. This includes the required textbooks to complete the coursework. Frog Street is offering a 20% discount if you register by August 31, 2017, for an introductory rate of $920.
Once your Frog Street CDA coursework is complete, the next step is to apply for your CDA credential. Candidates MUST submit an application directly to the Council, along with their full $425 application fee.
Apply here for your CDA: https://www.cdacouncil.org/credentials/apply-for-cda#
Scholarships may be available in your area for the CDA application and other tuition fees. Visit the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood National Center to find out what’s available in your state.
Contact Frog Street at (800) 884-3764 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions — and to learn more on how to begin the CDA registration process.
Frog Street CDA Courses
Each of the following courses are offered in the three Frog Street CDA concentrations areas: Infant/Toddler, Pre-K, and Home Visitor. You will select your concentration area and track preference (Regular or Fast Track) during the registration process.
Cognitive Development in Young Children
CDA Functional Area 5: Cognitive
In this course, students will enhance their knowledge of developmentally appropriate practices and explore teaching strategies that promote curiosity, reasoning, and problem-solving.
Physical Development in Young Children
CDA Functional Area 6: Physical
In this course, students will enhance their knowledge on learning experiences and teaching strategies to promote fine and gross motor development in young children.
Language and Literacy Development
CDA Functional Area 7:
In this course, students will enhance their teaching strategies to promote a variety of early literacy learning that will support children’s verbal and non-verbal skill. We will also highlight some strategies to support dual language learners.
Developing Creativity in Young Children
CDA Functional Area 8:
In this course, students will enhance their teaching strategies and support children’s creativity while promoting development in music, movement, and visual arts.
Competency Standard II: To Advance Physical and Intellectual Competence Portfolio Support
In this course, students will develop Competency Area II, create their professional portfolio and be assessed on their understanding of this competency.
Supporting Safety in the Classroom
CDA Functional Area 1:
In this course, students will analyze safe environments and enhance their understanding of practices that prevent and reduce injuries.
Healthy Practice for Young Children
CDA Functional Area 2:
In this course, students will enhance their understanding of promoting practices that promote health and wellness.
Promoting a Positive Learning Environment
CDA Functional Area 3:
In this course, students will enhance their understanding of the use of physical space, materials, daily schedules and routines in an effort to provide a developmentally appropriate learning environment for young children.
Competency Standard I: To Establish and Maintain a Safe, Healthy Learning Environment Portfolio Support
In this course, students will develop Competency Area I of their professional portfolio and be assessed on their understanding of this competency.
Promoting a Positive Sense of Self
CDA Functional Area 8:
In this course, students will increase their understanding of warm, positive, and responsive relationships with the children in their classroom. The students will be able to support children as individuals and encourage their sense of self.
Social and Emotional Development in Young Children
CDA Functional Area 9:
In this course, students will develop the skills to help children express their feelings and acquire social skills. They will learn about creating a classroom community that is respectful to all.
Promoting Positive Guidance in Young Children
CDA Functional Area 10:
In this course, students will learn strategies that promote a supportive environment. They will also enhance their skills on promoting self-regulation in the classroom.
Competency Standard III: To support Social and Emotional Development and to Provide Positive Guidance
In this course, students will develop Competency Area III of their professional portfolio and be assessed on their understanding of this competency.
Building Productive Relationships with Families
In this course, students will increase their understanding of the importance of establishing responsive and cooperative relationships with families. They will also learn the difference between involvement and engagement.
Competency Standard IV: To Establish Positive and Productive Relationships with Families
In this course, students will develop Competency Area IV of their professional portfolio and be assessed on their understanding of this competency.
Early Childhood Program Management
In this course, students will display understanding of documentation and program planning that supports organizational and communication skills.
Competency Standard V: To Ensure a Well-Run Purposeful Program That is Responsive to Participant Needs
In this course, students will develop Competency Area V of their professional portfolio and be assessed on their understanding of this competency.
In this course, students will gain an understanding of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Code of Ethical Conduct in addition to comprehending information on personal and professional growth.
Competency Standard VI: To Maintain a Commitment to Professionalism
In this course, students will develop Competency Area VI of their professional portfolio and be assessed on their understanding of this competency.
In this course, students will be guided through the application process for the Council for Professional Recognition.