Child Development Associate Credential Pay and You!

  • With a CDA, teachers earn more money than a teacher without a credential does.
  • Beginning in 2013, all Head Start assistant teachers will be required to have a CDA. Some states require all providers to have a minimum of a CDA. Others states are on their way to requiring it.
  • The need for childcare professionals will grow 14% nationally, and 24% in Oklahoma,1,2  Making it one of the fasted growing jobs in Oklahoma and the US!
  • Individuals with a CDA can earn more than $3,000 a year more than someone who does not have a CDA.
  • According to the National Survey of Child Development Associates3
    • Over 70% of CDA’s receive a salary increase in the first year after receiving the credential
    • Over one-third received a promotion
    • Over 70% continue to work in the profession ten years after the credentialing.
  • In the state of Oklahoma, teachers also qualify for a REWARD Oklahoma bonus of $500 per year compared to teachers without a CDA.  The higher the level of education, the more REWARD salary supplement you can earn.  Find out more:

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1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Childcare Workers,

2 Employment Projections program, Oklahoma Employment Security Commission, Research & Analysis Division.

3 Council for Professional Recognition, What Can a CDA Do for You?