child handprintBrighton College’s Child Development Associate Certificate Program is uniquely designed to prepare you to take advantage of the growing opportunities available to early childcare professionals.

And if you’re already working in the field, the same program will help take your career to the next level. Learn more about our Child Development Associate Certificate program below, or call us directly at 800-354-1254 for more information.

Program Overview

What does an Early Childcare Professional do?

Whether you’re a preschool manager, childcare center manager, or part of a lead staff, the early childcare professional is critical to the success of a center’s program. In addition to overseeing daily activities, executing educational programs, and helping prepare plans and budgets, you may also be responsible for setting educational standards, communicating with parents, and resolving conflicts between children.

Who is the ideal candidate for Brighton’s Child Development Associate Certificate Program?

There are two ideal candidates for the Child Development Associate Certificate Program:

  • Students seeking the skills necessary to realize an entry-level position as an early childcare professional
  • Those already employed in the field, but currently seeking to advance their career through Child Development Associate (CDA) certification
    • This program includes the 8 subject areas the CDA Council for Professional Recognition requires.

What will I study in Brighton’s Child Development Associate Certificate Program?

The program concentrates on the core set of Council for Professional Recognition Competency Standards that guide early childcare professionals. When you have completed the program, you will be able to:

  • Implement classroom methods to advance physical, intellectual, social, and emotional development
  • Implement elements that maintain a safe and healthy learning environment
  • Apply techniques that establish positive and productive relationships with families
  • Implement processes and procedures that promote a well-run program responsive to the needs of children and families
  • Maintain principles of professionalism for a child development associate
  • Prepare a plan to meet all requirements necessary to earn a Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential, and build your professional resource file

The Child Development Associate Career Certificate program also prepares students for the Child Development Associate (CDA) certification. As a student works toward becoming a qualified teacher of young children, the CDA Credentialing process requires candidates to earn 120 clock hours of professional early childhood education, with no fewer than 10 hours in each of the following eight subject areas the CDA Council for Professional Recognition requires.

  • Planning a safe and healthy learning environment (Module I)
  • Advancing children’s physical and intellectual development (Module II)
  • Understanding principles of child development and learning (Module II)
  • Supporting children’s social and emotional development (Module II and Module III)
  • Building productive relationships with families (Module III)
  • Managing an effective program (Module III)
  • Maintaining a commitment to professionalism (Module III)
  • Observing and recording children’s behavior (Module III)

Please Note: States have different requirements for childcare workers. A student should check with the state in which he/she intends to practice for specific licensing/certification requirements.

Career Outlook

 Child Development Associate Career Outlook

Employment of childcare workers is projected to grow 5 percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Parents will continue to need assistance during working hours to care for their children. Early childhood education has also become widely recognized as important for children’s development. This should increase demand for childcare workers.


Career Opportunities

The Child Development Associate Certificate program accommodates a number of career paths and interests for students that complete the course. Graduates can pursue employment in the following settings:

  • Daycare Centers
  • Private Households
  • Elementary and Secondary Schools
  • Religious and Social Service Organizations


The median hourly wage for childcare workers in May 2015 was $9.77. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $8.12, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $14.78. Pay varies with the worker’s education and work setting. Those in formal childcare settings and those with more education usually earn higher wages. Pay for self-employed workers is based on the number of hours they work and the number and ages of the children in their care.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Childcare Workers, on the internet at

Tuition & Fees

Payment Plans

The total price for the Child Development Associate Certificate is $798

Total Tuition $698
Enrollment Fee $100
Total Sales Price $798
  • Full Payment: Pay in full for a total cost of $798!
  • Automatic Payment Plan: Pay 2 interest-free monthly payments of $399, for a total program price of  $798. Payments will automatically be charged monthly to your credit card.
  • Extended Payment Plan: Choose this plan to extend and lower your monthly payments. Pay 3 interest-free monthly payments of $266, for a total program price of  $798. Payments will automatically be charged monthly to your credit card.

All academic and financial obligations to the school must be made prior to release of final transcripts and diploma. For full admission requirements visit Admission Procedures.

Financial Assistance

Brighton College works with many employers’ Tuition Reimbursement programs as well as various Workforce Development and Vocational Rehabilitation programs. To find out if you qualify for these programs, call our office at 1.800.354.1254 for more information.


Change of Program $50
Additional Transcript $10
Late Payment $25
Returned Check / Declined Credit Card $25
Academic Extension* $500
Re-Admission Fee $200


Unless a third-party funding source is covering your material costs, you are responsible for purchasing your own textbooks and/or materials. You can purchase from any vendor of your choosing and Brighton College will supply you with a list of preferred vendors that offer competitive pricing. The estimated cost based on our ebook supplier is $70 for this program. This price may vary depending on the vendor you choose.

Employability Resource Center

Through your student life-cycle, you will be introduced to our Employability Resource Center, which will give you access to Employability Resources. Our course can prepare you with the skills needed to help you start your new career.

Your Employability in a New Career is Our #1 Goal!

In this course, you will develop your professional cover letter, resume, and explore job search tools and tips so that you are ready to market yourself and enter your career!