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Assistant Teacher

Minimum Education Requirements

Assistant teachers in child development centers licensed by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) are required to have a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential or an associate degree (or higher) by Dec. 2, 2023.

See the bottom of this page for a planning guide template to help plan your pathway. More information on the regulations that outline the education requirement for assistant teachers can be found here.  

Programs and Resources

The following is a list of programs and resources available in the Washington, DC area. This list is neither exhaustive nor an indication of endorsement by OSSE.


Information on CDA Program

Program Point of Contact

University of the District of Columbia-Community College Workforce Development Program

Crystal Randall
Pathway Director
(202) 276-6769
[email protected]

Southeast Children’s Fund CDA Course

Kamila Johnson
CDA Program Manager
(202) 561-5500
(202) 406-0422
[email protected]

CentroNía CDA Program Enrollment

Jennifer Salgado
Alfredo Monterrey
Bilingual CDA Coordinators
(202) 332-4200 Ext. 1142
(202) 332-4200 Ext. 1021
(202) 948-6851
[email protected]
[email protected]

Briya Public Charter School and Mary’s Center CDA Program

Mau Castro-Trujillo
CDA Program Manager
(202) 420-7034
[email protected]

American University CDA Program

Gabrielle Harris
Assistant Director, CDA Program of Studies
(202) 885-8830
[email protected]

Online Resources

OSSE offers free Quorum accounts to all staff in licensed child development facilities in DC. Individuals can complete CDA instructional hours online at The Quorum CDA Guidebook can help guide instruction. This is the fastest way to earn your CDA if you are comfortable with online learning.

For information on opening a Quorum account, contact the ECE Help Desk at [email protected] or (202) 478-5903.

You can track your progress towards earning the CDA through the Quorum CDA Planner, available at

Planning Guide

The following resource guides can help you create a plan for meeting the minimum education requirements for an assistant teacher.