How Do I Access the CIRCLE CDA Training Program?

The CIRCLE CDA Training Program provides an opportunity for early childhood teachers to earn all 120 hours needed to apply for the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ for Center-Based Programs, Preschool Endorsement. In this training program, teachers will receive all 120 hours of high-quality professional development in the 13 CDA Functional Areas, as well as support to complete the required CDA competency statements and professional portfolio. All resources for the CIRCLE CDA Training Program are housed in the CLI Engage Online Courses.



You must be logged into CLI Engage.
You must have access to the Online Learning and Professional Development banner.


These instructions assume that you have already accessed the CLI Engage dashboard.

  1. From the CLI Engage dashboard, scroll down and locate the purple labeled Online Learning and Professional Development.

  2. Click the button for the Full Course Catalog.

  3. Look for CIRCLE CDA Training Program (SI) and click on View Courses

    1. NOTE: The courses may be organized differently for everyone. Please look for the text title of the lesson to ensure you are entering the correct course.

    2. Everyone is required to Enroll in the CIRCLE CDA Training Program Resources FIRST to begin this program. After you confirm that you have reviewed the resources in that course, you will then have to enroll in the CIRCLE CDA1 Introduction (Self-Instructional) course. After completion of these 2 courses you may then enroll in additional courses.

  4. Find the NOT YET ENROLLED section and click on the purple drop down arrow to see the course(s) and click ENROLL for the lesson you would like to complete.

  5. Confirm that you wish to enroll in the course by clicking the SAVE CHANGES button.


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