CDA credentials are valid for 3 years from the award date. The CDA Credential may only be renewed for original setting, age-level endorsement, and specialization.
CDA Renewal Requirements:
-One 3-credit college course, 4.5 CEUs, or 45 clock hours of training in ECE (specific to CDA setting)
-A recommendation from an ECE professional who is familiar with your professional work
-A current pediatric first aid/CPR certificate
-Membership in an ECE professional membership organization (such as NAEYC)
-A letter from your supervisor testifying that you have worked at least 80 hours in the past year with the appropriate age group
CDA Renewal Procedures Guides can be downloaded free on the Council's website.
The current cost for renewal is $125 to apply online. You can also apply by paper application, for $150.
CDA Renewal Scholarship Overview
offers scholarships to help cover the cost of one 3-credit college course for CDA renewal. T.E.A.C.H. will cover 70% of tuition and book costs for the course and provide the recipient with a $100 travel/Internet stipend. Once the credential is renewed, the recipient receives a $150 bonus and commits to continue working in their current program for an additional 6 months.