The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential is a nationally recognized professional development opportunity for early educators working with children ages birth to 5 years old to demonstrate their knowledge, skills, and abilities in the early childhood education field. miCDA connects providers in Michigan with resources and navigation to credential attainment.

Step 1

Prepare to apply

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Step 2


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Step 3

Observation & Practice Exams

Once you have completed the CDA application process and payment has been made or a scholarship has been secured, you will receive a "Ready to Schedule" notice to the e-mail address you provided in your application.
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Step 4

Receive CDA Credential

  • The results from your PD Specialist's Verification Visit as well as your CDA Exam will be combined and a final determination of your eligibility for the credential is made by the Council for Professional Recognition.
  • You will receive an e-mail notification from the Council of your award, and then will receive your award in the mail approximately 2 weeks later.
  • Renew your CDA every 3 years.
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