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Self-Paced CDA Course

This Self-Paced CDA Course is conducted through the CCSN online training platform for participants who need the flexibility to start and stop the course at their own pace.

Participants log in to view all required course material, view additional reference material, complete their lessons, take tests and receive interactive guidance from the course instructor. Participants can also interact with fellow participants via a private Facebook Group. (Facebook is NOT required to participate in this course, but it does allow you to be a part of a community environment to learn from each other. You can still chat directly with the trainer on the website.)

Bonus: FREE access to our 3-hour CDA Portfolio Workshop video webinar is included!

About the Self-Paced CDA Course

The objective of this course is to fulfill 120 clock hours of training in the 8 CDA subject areas, complete the required CDA Portfolio and prepare for the CDA Verification Visit. Upon completion of this course, participants will be ready to apply for the CDA Credential.

The curriculum is organized by the CDA Functional Area. Each functional area will include pre-recorded videos, a training, comprehension questions, short answer questions, and case study scenarios. All homework assignments must be completed by the end of the curriculum in order to receive certification for the completion of this course. Short answer questions and case study scenarios require review from the instructor who will have 2 weeks to review all responses. Participants will have 6 months of access to complete the course.


Lakeshia Nnamani, M. Ed., has over a decade of experience as an early childhood educator and many years of experience instructing CDA courses. As an early childhood educator, she served as a pre-kindergarten and kindergarten teacher, preschool owner, child development professor, and early childhood trainer.