Child Development Associate (CDA) Certificate Program

Child Development Associate (CDA) Certificate Program


This 120 hour program is designed to provide educational hours towards a nationally recognized credential for those in the early childhood profession who care for children from birth to age five.

The eight required subject areas are divided into 2 courses, CDA Part I (68 hours) and CDA Part II 52 hours). Courses must be taken in order.

Upon completion of the CDA and enrollment in the Associates in Applied Sciences (AAS) Degree in Early Childhood Education at Bergen Community College, a student will be awarded nine (9) college credits in Early Childhood Education. These credits will be awarded to students who meet the admissions requirements for Bergen Community College.

At the completion of the program you will have created a professional resource file and have prepared for the final exam, given by the credentialing office.


To find out more about CDA certification, call the CDA office at (800) 424-4310 or visit

Book requirements will be discussed in class

Prerequisite: Candidates must be 18 years old or older and possess a high school diploma or GED. 

For class schedule and registration information call 201 447-7488

For additional information contact Andrea Schaffel, Program Supervisor at 201 493-8975 or