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California CDA Credential | Care Courses

What are the benefits of having a CDA Credential in California?

According to the CDA Council, over 7,700 CDA Credentials have been awarded in California. Child Development Associate certification in California is a great achievement!

In California, possession of a CDA qualifies you for the Child Development Associate Teacher Permit.

A CDA Credential may be used as nine semester units of credit toward the overall 24 semester unit requirement for the Teacher, Master Teacher, Site Supervisor and Program Director Permit levels.

Please contact the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (916-322-4974) for additional details regarding General Requirements for Child Development Permits.

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What are the benefits of Care Courses' CDA training?

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Care Courses' CDA training and CDA renewal training prepare CDA applicants for obtaining and renewing their National CDA Credential. Our team of friendly CDA specialists is here to support you with your CDA and ensure you are put on a path to success. We offer unlimited, free, one-on-one support with all of our courses. You have the option of taking our courses in our fully online format or in our CourseBook format, giving you the flexibility you need to complete your coursework. Moreover, we have an exceptional track record and have helped tens of thousands of early childhood professionals successfully complete their CDA clock hours and go on to obtain their CDA credential.

In July 2017, the CDA Council for Professional Recognition awarded Care Courses the new CDA Gold Standard certification in recognition of the quality of our courses, the unlimited, free support services we provide for our students, and our effective online and CourseBook training options. In 2022 we became an official partner of the Council. The Council recommends us for CDA certification training in California on their California state fact sheet. We are proud to work closely with the CDA Council to support early childhood professionals throughout the entire United States.

Have a question about the CDA Credential? Sign up for our free CDA tutorial. Give us a call during our office hours at 1-800-685-7610 or email us at to talk to one of our CDA specialists. We are here to help!