Prepare for a Career in Child Development

Penn Foster Career School's Child Development certificate allows you to take classes at home and at a pace that’s right for you. This certificate fulfills the 120 hours of formal education in eight subject areas related to professional child care that is required in order to apply for the CDA credential.

Why Become a Child Care Professional?

Penn Foster Career School can help you gain applicable knowledge and skills so you can take the first step toward a rewarding career in child development.
Child Development

Why Choose Penn Foster Career School?

Start and Study When You Want
Learn at home or on the go through our custom-designed, mobile-friendly student portal, available 24/7.
Dedicated Success Coaches
A Committed Support System
While you can study at home, you're not alone! Our dedicated Student Services Department, Student Community, and instructors are just a call or email away.
Curriculum for Success
Curriculum for Success
Get the skills and knowledge you need to help you prepare for a career as a child care professional.
Self paced
Set Your Goals and Pace
Customize your study schedule with progress-tracking and goal-setting tools that keep you moving forward.​
Proven Reputation
With 58,000 + graduates in 2019 from our accredited high school, career school, and college, you're in good hands!
Connect with Other Students
Connect in real-time with other Child Development certificate students in the Penn Foster Community.
Student Experience

A Customized Learning Experience

With mobile-friendly coursework, progress-tracking and goal-setting tools, virtual simulations, and informative videos to help you succeed, the Penn Foster Experience (PFx) is online learning like no other.

Child Development Certificate Course Details

You will complete courses covering the fundamentals of early childhood education, assessment and observation, child growth and development, and health, safety, and nutrition for young children. Penn Foster Career School's child development training also ensures that upon graduation you will have completed the formal education hours necessary to apply for the CDA credential.
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Important State Requirements: Be sure to check here for the requirements in your state.

With flexible, affordable payment options, you can get started on your Child Development training online today.
The advantages of studying and completing my program online were I didn't have to take time off work to go to class. I often studied during naptime when the kids were asleep at the daycare. The other advantage are the low monthly payments that Penn Foster offers. It felt good not to have to stress about going into mountains of debt.
Carrie L.
Penn Foster Graduate
Child Development Training
Where Can I Get a Job as a Child Development Professional?
Early childhood educators work in preschools, child care centers, nursery schools, public or private schools or programs, and in-home child care programs. The median pay for a preschool teacher is $30,520 annually.¹​
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Get started today on your path toward helping others as a professional child care provider with Penn Foster Career School’s accredited, online program.

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¹ ​Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Preschool Teachers, on the Internet here (visited June 19, 2020). Statements found in the United States Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook are not a guarantee of any post-graduation salary, in part because the data used to create the Occupational Outlook Handbook includes workers from differing educational backgrounds, levels of experience, and geographic areas of the country.

The completion of a certificate-level program does not typically qualify a student for employment. Completion of this program may assist students who have previous academic or work related experience improve their chances for promotion or entry-level employment.