New Year, Improved You: Why Earning Your CDA Should be at the Top of Your Resolutions List

December 16, 2021


CDA®. These three little letters can change the entire trajectory of your career.

The Child Development Associate® (CDA) credential is the most widely known and valued credential in early childhood education. By earning your CDA, you demonstrate and strengthen your knowledge, understanding and practices as an educator.

Not only is the CDA credential a key part of advancing within early childhood education, but it’s also a major professional development experience and essential resource as an ECE professional.

There are a myriad of benefits to earning your CDA.

First and foremost, the CDA opens up enormous opportunities for career growth and advancement, including increased earning potential:

Some employers require a CDA, which means you’ll be qualified for more positions and   you’ll stand out from the crowd since almost every employer in the field recognizes the CDA and its importance.

Some schools and centers incentivize early care and education professionals to earn their CDA with monetary bonuses. When centers have highly qualified staff, they appear more desirable to prospective parents and students. So earning your CDA, benefits both you and your employer.

Second, the CDA allows you to stay on top of your teaching game and at the forefront of the industry.

Earning your CDA, will allow you to stay current on the latest research, techniques and trends in early childhood education, which is crucial since the field is constantly evolving.

If you’re a veteran educator, think about how much the field has changed since you first began working as a teacher. And if you’re brand new to teaching, it’s only a matter of time before you see how industry changes will impact your approach to teaching, curriculum and so much more. By pursuing your CDA today, it will prepare you for tomorrow.

Last, but not least earning the CDA builds confidence both personally and professional.

Professional development, regardless of the industry, will always help boost workplace confidence. By undertaking the process of working towards your CDA, and ultimately earning your credential, you’ll enjoy the feeling of accomplishment it brings. But you’ll also feel more self-assured and gain a greater level of belief in yourself and your abilities.

And it’s not just you who’ll feel more confident! When you demonstrate the commitment and dedication it takes to earn your CDA, families will also feel more confident about your ability to teach their toddlers. That level of trust will almost certainly help build stronger relationships, which at the end of the day benefits everyone involved.

If you’re interested in pursuing your CDA, ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI) is offering a special on our Self Study CDA in the new year.

As a Comprehensive CDA Gold Standard℠ provider, CCEI’s program meets the Council’s three industry-leading principles, including alignment with the coursework found in the CDA’s eight subject areas; sound policies and practices; and quality student services that meet their educational and professional needs.

So what are you waiting for? Make 2022 the best year yet by signing up for CCEI’s Self-Study CDA offer valid for over 40% off the regular price (now $499) starting 1/1-1/31/22 HERE, and take the first step toward the rest of your career!



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