ywca Minneapolis

Free Teacher Training

Become an ECE Teacher

Train for a career as a teacher - at no cost!

YWCA Minneapolis Teacher Development Program

The YWCA Teacher Development Program is a free program to earn your Child Development Associate (CDA) credential, which provides you the training to be an early childhood education teacher. 

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

Program participants get paid a stipend while in the program - you get paid to learn!


Program Details

Full-Time Program, Monday - Friday

Length of Program: 6 - 9 months

Next Program Start Date: end of January 2017

Job Placement Support When Training is Complete


During Your Training You Will Receive

  • Child Development Associate (CDA) credential training
  • 80 hours of professional development workshops
  • 120 hours of child development courses
  • 500 hours of teaching practicum, with a stipend (you get paid to participate!)
  • 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

  • Age 18 or older with a high school diploma or GED by the program start date
  • Meet income guidelines
  • Pass background check


How to Apply

For questions, please contact Paula Landis, Director of Curriculum at plandis@ywcampls.org or 612-215-4197. 

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