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Infant Toddler and Preschool Child Development Associate Training—Online

The Metropolitan Community College Early Childhood Program and Continuing Education are pleased to announce two new training programs. An Infant Toddler and a Preschool Child Development Associate 120 professional educational clock hour training have been developed for anyone who is looking to advance their education and professional careers. This endeavor collaborates with The Council for Professional Recognition and the Nebraska Department of Education. Versión en español ahora disponible. Haga clic aquí para más información.


Open Enrollment. A Metropolitan Community College associate will contact you after you enroll to provide further instructions and grant you access to your online course.

This CDA Infant Toddler and PrESCHOOL CHILD DEVELOPMENT training offers the following program benefits:

  • Self-paced: Go at your own pace; finish in as little as three months.
  • Personal coach: Will be working with you from beginning to end.
  • Innovative curriculum: Allows you to interact with content to make learning enjoyable.
  • Online access: Available 24 hours a day; seven days a week. Access to online activities and practice quizzes will give you instant feedback to gauge your learning.
  • Earn credit hours: Potential to earn 19.5 ECED credit hours towards an Early Childhood Educator Associate Degree from MCC.
  • Affordable: Books are included in the $500 course fee.
  • ​Scholarships available: T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® NEBRASKA provides scholarships to help early care and education professionals complete coursework at a local college and work toward a degree in Early Childhood Education. Scholarships are available for both Associate and Bachelor's Degrees.

When candidates complete the MCC Infant Toddler or Preschool Child Development Associate training and obtain the CDA Credential, they have the potential to earn the following ECED credit:

Infant Toddler CDA Earned Credits Preschool CDA Earned Credits
ECED 1150 Intro to Early Childhood = 4.5 credits ECED 1150 Intro to Early Childhood = 4.5 credits
ECED 1110 Infant Toddler Development = 4.5 credits ECED 1120 Preschool Child Development = 4.5 credits
ECED 1260 Health and Nutrition = 4.5 credits ECED 1260 Health and Nutrition = 4.5 credits
ECED 1221 Infant Practicum = 3.0 credits ECED 1240 Preschool Age Practicum = 3.0 credits
ECED 1222 Toddler Practicum = 3.0 credits  
Total ECED Credits = 19.5 credits Total ECED Credits = 16.5 credits

Total ECED credits savings (NE resident standard tuition):


Infant Toddler CDA 19.5 x $64= $1,248 Total savings

Preschool CDA 16.5 x $64 = $1,056 Total savings

NOTE: The CDA Certificate is awarded by the Council for Professional Recognition. Visit the Council for Professional Recognition's website for more information on the steps to earn your Infant Toddler or Preschool CDA Credential. The above ECED credit is only eligible for candidates who complete 120 professional educational clock hours through the MCC Infant Toddler CDA online training and obtain the CDA Credential.

Contact with any questions regarding MCC's CDA program.


Associate (CDA) Child Development A

Credential awarded by Council for Professional Recognition
Infant, Toddler and Preschool Certification

  • Widely recognized credential

  • Stepping stone (career advancement)

  • Based on core set of competency standards

  • Becoming qualified teachers of young children

  • Eight subject areas, portfolio, 480 hours of professional work experience in a center-based setting with children ages 0-36 months. 

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Metropolitan Community College Early Childhood Educator (ECAS1) Associates Degree

  • Community partnerships

  • 22.5 General Education

  • 70.5 ECED Course Credit

  • Eight quarters

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Four-year University Bachelor Degree

  • Credit hours vary

  • Four-year

  • Teacher certification

  • A+B Plus articulation

  • ECED workforce

Metropolitan Community College in collaboration with the Department of Education Office of Early Childhood recognizes MCC as an approved professional organization to fulfill the formal education in specific child-care competency areas to meet the requirements for Child Development Associates credential in the State of Nebraska.

The Child Development Associate Credential TM is administrated by the Council for Professional Recognition, it is the only recognized, transferable, well-known, competency-based training of its kind and is an important avenue in advancing ones career in the Early Childhood workforce. Content used with written permission from the Council for Professional Development.