Since 2018, over 10,000 educators and counting have enrolled in a CDA with CLASS® program. That’s a milestone in and of itself. But when you zoom out, it means that tens of thousands of children are now cared for by these professionals. And, when you think of the number of meaningful, high-quality interactions that happen each and every day? It’s not unreasonable to think that there are a hundred thousand or more brain-building moments that happen daily because learners have enrolled in a CDA with CLASS program.
The CDA with CLASS is the only Child Development Associate preparation program powered by CLASS. The interactions that matter most - that research shows are critical for children’s learning and development - are highlighted, while educators earn a valuable credential. And, each program is full of videos and materials that showcase these powerful interactions in real classrooms, helping learners see these ideas and best practices in action.
This course has truly changed the way I think and feel about education, being an educator and how I teach and interact with my students. Every day is a new day to try something new or apply a newly learned concept and see how I can fit it into my class. Did it work? If no, how can I improve on It? This class is teaching me so much.
You can choose the CDA experience that’s right for you, on your schedule. Early childhood providers and educators know the value of furthering their knowledge and credentials. They’re also some of the busiest professionals around. That’s why we offer multiple options for earning a CDA with CLASS. Tap into the knowledge and support of a facilitator who can give guidance and support pacing towards completion in 24 weeks. Or, choose the on-demand option to work completely at your own pace. Complete coursework on a computer, or access our easy-to-use platform on a mobile device. No matter what works best for you, flexibility is built into the program.
The CDA with CLASS lets you take the best first step - while planning for your next one. Our programs have received the CDA Gold Standard. The high-quality program you take will prepare you to earn your credential and meet other professional development goals with CEUs or college credit. If you decide to keep going, you can apply to seamlessly transfer your college credits (earned at a great value!) into a Waldorf University Associate’s program.
You can get it all done. There’s no doubt about it - earning your CDA takes work. That’s why the CDA with CLASS programs have built in supports to get you as close as possible to the finish line. You’ll build your required portfolio as part of the coursework, so not only will you have your CEUs or college credits, you’ll be two steps closer to obtaining your CDA.
We’re so proud of the thousands of learners that have taken advantage of the flexible options, supportive and engaging courses, and unique focus on CLASS-based interactions in our CDA with CLASS programs. The early childhood workforce is stronger because they’re in it.
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When I was a teacher, I can remember taking care to intentionally plan differentiated, or individualized, instruction. And, when I was teaching pre-K I added the same level of intentionality to which materials were available in interest areas, and how I approached transitions throughout the day.
While any level of intentionally, specifically in relation to planning, is important -- I missed a critical opportunity in being more intentional in my interactions with the children in my class.
There is always an opportunity for interaction. Some opportunities are easily recognizable: times of play, free choice, centers, small group. We often see teachers engaged in activities alongside children during these times or hear questions being asked. Other opportunities might be a little less obvious. These are the times of your day that you might see as mundane moments that merely require your supervision or monitoring. The times where you’re going through the motions. “I’m doing this thing so I can move on to the next thing.”
In a previous blog, colleague and early childhood environment extraordinaire, Heather Sason, discussed how your classroom environment can help promote effective teacher-child interactions. In this blog, I propose we explore some of the often overlooked times in your day that are ripe for interactions with children and that do promote exploration, learning, and development!
It's not uncommon for teachers in early education to need to strike a balance between following children's leads and sticking to the classroom schedule. We know that intentional teachers are aware of their responsibility to assess student progress, understand skill mastery, and plan accordingly to provide opportunities for children to grow. However, many times, as teachers begin a specific teacher-directed activity, it is unsettling when students begin to veer from the step-by-step plans the teacher has worked hard to implement.
Teacher and coach, Colleen Schmit, will share how teachers can strike the balance between following the lesson plans and giving children freedom of choice and flexibility in the classroom.
As an educator, you’re busy. Your time is being split by competing priorities, from managing students’ needs, meeting your program’s goals, and communicating with parents. While you’re juggling your work, it can be difficult to keep learning about important ways to improve your daily teaching practice. Teachstone is here to help!