The CDA with CLASS®

The CDA with CLASS is a comprehensive online program that prepares early childhood educators for the Child Development Associate™ (CDA) credential. The program consists of three 8-week courses that cover the content and skills required for success earning this nationally recognized credential.  Coursework also supports basic understanding of the CLASS tool, with emphasis on positive relationships and interactions in early childhood education (ECE) environments.

CDA with CLASS is available in two settings: Pre-K and Infant-Toddler.

The CDA with CLASS is recognized as a Gold Standard Program by the Council for Professional Recognition.

Is Your Current CDA About to Expire?

The CDA Renewal with CLASS is a comprehensive online program for early childhood educators that want to renew their CDA, regardless of where you completed the coursework for your original CDA. This 8-week program is an opportunity to expand your understanding of children’s developmental needs and how you can support them in partnership with colleagues, families, and communities. The CLASS framework is at the center of all this learning. You will grow and refine your understanding of CLASS in ways that make you a better educator.

Why Enroll in CDA with CLASS?

This online CDA program is engaging, reflective, and comprehensive. You’ll observe authentic teacher–student interactions in early childhood classrooms as you learn how the CLASS tool supports high-quality engagement. It’s all online, so you have the flexibility to learn at your convenience—anytime, anyplace, on any device with a browser. With support for developing your Professional Portfolio, the coursework fully prepares you to earn the CDA credential. User-friendly technology makes it easy to ask questions, access resources, and follow your own progress in coursework. And, an online facilitator will support you along the way.

Understanding Child Development

Understanding child development, including milestones for cognitive, physical, and social-emotional growth; first and second language acquisition, developmental delay, and introduction to the CLASS tool focused on high-quality teacher-student interactions.

Begin work on your Professional Portfolio

Health, Safety, and Environment

Health, safety, and nutrition in early childhood settings, emergency preparedness, family engagement, community resources, and developmentally appropriate learning environments.

Continue working on your Professional Portfolio

Application to Teaching and Learning

Overview of CLASS domains and strategies, planning effective lessons, managing time and space in the classroom, use of data to improve instruction, and meeting individual needs in diverse student populations.

Complete your Professional Portfolio

2022 Start Dates

Register for one of our upcoming CDA with CLASS programs starting on the following dates:

  • January 10, 2022 (Enrollment open December 6 – January 7)
  • February 28, 2022 (Enrollment open January 3 – February 25)
  • April 18, 2022 (Enrollment open February 21 – April 15)
  • June 6, 2022 (Enrollment open April 11 – June 3)
  • July 18, 2022 (Enrollment open May 30 – July 15)
  • September 5, 2022 (Enrollment open July 11 – September 2)
  • October 24, 2022 (Enrollment open August 29 – October 21)
  • December 5, 2022 (Enrollment open October 17 – December 2)
It’s valuable
The CDA is the most widely recognized credential in early childhood education. The CDA is a mark of distinction that shows teacher understanding of how to apply essential ECE competency standards to classroom practice.
It’s doable
Courses are mobile, so you can access content on any device with a browser. Courses are available all the time, so you can learn at your convenience. In addition, you’ll jump-start your CDA Professional Portfolio and prepare for your CDA review as you work through the courses.
It’s affordable
With the KinderCare Education Assistance Allotment, there are no out-of-pocket costs for you to complete coursework.
It’s for everyone
Coursework is offered for two settings: Pre-K and Infant-Toddler. Choose the set of courses that matches the age of your students.

Want to Know More about CDA with CLASS?

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