ywca Minneapolis

Free Teacher Training

Become an ECE Teacher

Train for a career as a teacher – no cost for eligible participants!

YWCA Minneapolis Early Childhood Teacher Development Program

The YWCA Teacher Development Program is a high-quality program to earn your Child Development Associate (CDA) credential, which provides you the training you need to become a qualified early childhood education teacher. 

You will gain the professional skills needed to teach in an early childhood education classroom, and once your training is complete and you pass your Child Development Associate (CDA) test you will receive help with job placement.

Successful trainees receive a monthly stipend for meeting expected program progress - receive financial support while learning!


Program Details

Full-Time Program, Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Length of Program: 6 - 9 months

Transportation Support While Training

Job Placement Support When Training is Complete

New cohorts start regularly, enroll today to be considered for future start dates


During Your Training You Will Receive

  • Child Development Associate (CDA) credential training
  • 200 hours of professional development workshops
  • 500 hours of teaching practicum, with a stipend
  • Resume and interview writing support
  • Job placement support
Free ECE Teacher Training


  • Strong interest in early childhood education: Infant, Toddler or Preschool age children
  • Ability to commit to a minimum of 32 hours per week of education and classroom work
  • Willingness to learn basic computer skills, navigate online systems and email
  • Organized, responsible, flexible, motivated and professional
  • Ability to accept and incorporate constructive feedback from mentors and program staff
  • Excellent time management and decision-making skills
  • Ability to work with diverse populations, personalities, and adapt to an early learning environment
  • Strong personal standards of excellence, ethics and integrity


Eligibility Requirements

To apply for the program, you must meet the these requirements:

  • Age 18 or older with a high school diploma or GED by program start date
  • Meet household income requirements and provide proof of income (including spouse's income)
  • Pass background check
  • Provide a:
    • Photo ID
    • Social Security card
    • Proof of Citizenship/Right to Work


How to Apply

For questions, please contact Workforce Development Case Managers Riana Simone at rsimone@ywcampls.org or 612-215-4136; Alice Atem at aatem@ywcampls.org or 612-215-4179 

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