CDA Programs


Build a Quality Workforce With a Unique, Flexible, and Comprehensive Program for Your Staff to Earn Their CDA

Designed to help organizations build a strong workforce and support individuals continuing their education, CDA with CLASS provides educators with a unique online and high-quality professional education experience. Coursework in CDA with CLASS builds an understanding of early childhood development and connects learning to developmentally appropriate practices. Give your teachers the support they need to complete the required CDA coursework and portfolio requirements – all on their own schedule. 

Experience Accessible and Engaging Content Embedded with CLASS Concepts

CDA with CLASS connects learning with the proven benefits of quality teacher-child interactions through:

  • Introduction to CLASS concepts and strategies
  • Real classroom videos to support transfer of knowledge to practice
  • A self-guided, easy-to-use platform accessible from any device

Choose the Learning Experience Best For You

CDA with CLASS offers teachers the choice of learning experience that best meets their preferred style of learning.

  • The On-Demand CDA with CLASS experience allows participants to access coursework anytime, anywhere and work at their own pace.
  • The Facilitated CDA with CLASS offerings connects participants with experienced educators to receive specific guidance and feedback across a 24-week paced program. Participants can select the cohort enrollment date that works best for their schedule.
  • The CDA Renewal with CLASS supports educators in continuing their professional journey and renewing the CDA credential.

Earn Your CDA and Continue Your Professional Journey

Participants of CDA with CLASS will strengthen their professional knowledge and:

  • Receive comprehensive support to meet the professional learning and portfolio requirements 
  • Earn either Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or transferable college credits
  • Get an option to seamlessly transfer college credits into Waldorf’s Early Childhood Associate Program

Three Different Experiences, Same Great Outcome

CDA with CLASS offers unique options to meet the unique needs of all learners. Each CDA with CLASS program gives the professional learning coursework required to obtain a new or renew an existing credential, connects learning to developmentally appropriate practices, and provides a high-quality and engaging experience.

On-Demand CDA with CLASS

Complete the professional coursework through small, digestible learning experiences on your own schedule, at your own pace.
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Facilitated CDA with CLASS

Receive facilitated guidance and support as you complete your professional coursework alongside others in a 24-week cohort program.
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CDA Renewal with CLASS

Meet the professional learning requirements to renew your CDA credential on-demand on your own schedule.
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Why CDA with CLASS?

Available Anywhere and Anytime
Access all CDA offerings on any device and on your own schedule.
Engaging Content with CLASS® Concepts
Enjoy engaging coursework full of videos, downloadable content, and interactive modules.
Personalized Guidance and Community Support
Receive guidance and specific feedback from experienced facilitators and share experiences with fellow educators in the Facilitated CDA with CLASS.
CEU or College Credit Offerings
Take control of your professional development by obtaining credits towards your degree or state PD requirements.

Hear From Our Students

“I was very nervous at the start of this course because sometimes online classes can be difficult to navigate or understand. This course was very easy to make my way through and I understood exactly what the expectations were. It was easy to understand. I also learned a lot.”

“Taking the CDA definitely help me grow as a teacher. I have a different view now on what children can go through when they are not able to express themselves. In general, this course has helped me to become a better and stronger parent to my children.”

“Filling my professional portfolio has been such a rewarding experience, having something physically in my hand to look back on and review all my accomplishments makes me incredibly thankful and proud of all my hard work. I believe filling my binder with all of my accomplishments shows my motivation and dedication to early childhood development. I’m sad to say my journey is ending but there are so many more opportunities to expand my knowledge and accomplishments in my career choice. Thank you for following along on my journey to success!”

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Need individualization for your program?

The CDA with CLASS is also available as an enterprise-wide solution. If you are a center director or administrator interested in offering an educational solution to your employees, we would love to hear from you.