Child Development Associate

Grow your knowledge, gain experience, and get certified!

Are you interested in a rewarding career in early childhood? Whether it be as a certified teacher, childcare educator, or directing your own early childhood center, the Child Development Associate is your next step!

  • Online college credit courses
  • Some childcare or related fieldwork experience required
  • Earn a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential
  • Increase education, qualifications, and earning potential

Classes begin soon! Apply today.

Classroom Instruction

CDA courses are available at Mineral Area College and may also be available in local high schools.

Course Topics Include:

  • Health, Safety, and Nutrition
  • Guiding Alternatives for Young Children
  • Introduction to EC Education
  • CDA Credential Prep

For a full list of course requirements, see the Child Development Associate Degree Plan.

Work Experience

480 hours of field/work experience in child care or a related field are required before pursuing your CDA credential.

Employment Opportunities

After completing your CDA credential, you can pursue a number of high-demand jobs in our area:

  • Assistant Classroom TeacherHead Start, Even Start, or First Steps programs
  • Lead Teacherlicensed and/or accredited privately-owned programs
  • Child Care Associatecommunity child care programs (like YMCA) or business services (like employer-owned child care programs
  • Director of Licensed Child Care Centerup to 20 children

Other Credential and Education Opportunities

Consider increasing your education, qualifications, and earning potential with other certifications or a degree from MAC:

  • Director Certification
  • Associate of Applied Science in Child Development
  • Associate of Arts in Teaching

If a bachelor’s degree is on your to-do list, Central Methodist University is conveniently located on the Park Hills campus and offers a Bachelor of Science in Child Development. You can also take advantage of one of the many other universities with which MAC has credit transfer agreements.

Financial Assistance is available to those who qualify. Please contact us to learn about options.

Tina Miller
SkillUP Program Support Specialist
(573) 518-3840


For more information, please contact

Jennifer Sikes
Early Childhood Education-Child Development Department Chair 
(573) 518-2142