CDA Online Coursework

Early Childhood Education Online at the University of Cincinnati is excited to offer coursework to complete the education requirements involved in obtaining your CDA. All of the coursework is completely online, which means that our program is flexible to fit into your schedule. The CDA coursework is available for Family Child Care, Preschool, or an Infant Toddler focus. While UC can provide the coursework for you, the CDA Council awards the certificate. You can visit the CDA Council website for more information.

2 semesters of coursework = CDA Ready!

That's right! Complete just two semesters of course - that's just 8 months - and you will have all of education hours in all of the required subject areas to complete your CDA. We'll even support you in completing your professional portfolio!

Why choose UC for your CDA coursework?

  • Online classes mean flexibility 
  • A name you trust for quality and convenience
  • Discount for 5 or more staff enrolled from the same center/employer
  • Qualified college instructors experienced in the field of early childhood development
  • Support for completing your resource file
  • Online orientation for new students/one stop contact for centers
  • Advanced Standing Credit in the  Associate degree program in Early Childhood Education Online at UC
Mary Schmidt, Current Student

"Obtaining my CDA from UC was one of the smartest and easiest choices I've made for my career. Although I've been teaching Pre-K for several years already, I learned new ideas and strategies to build my confidence and efficiency in the classroom. All of the new information motivated me to educate myself further, working towards my associate's degree in Early Childhood Education, which was an effortless transition."

 ~ Mary Schmidt, current ECE Online student

CDA Options

We are pleased to offer two options for completing the coursework for your initial CDA credential. The option you choose depends on how you wish to pay for your coursework. Regardless of the option you choose, you still get Advanced Standing Credit into our Associate's degree program!

Option 1:

CDA Credit Bearing Classes forming for May 7, 2018

Use your CDA for College Credit in the AAS program

When you enroll as an official University of Cincinnati student to complete your CDA coursework, you will be entitled to all of the benefits and resources available to traditional on-campus learners. You will receive College Credit and advanced standing in the Associate's Degree Program for your completed CDA coursework. In choosing this option, you will also be eligible for federal financial aid.

For more information on admission requirements, deadlines, and how to apply to UC, please visit the Admissions page. Standard UC Tuition rates apply, and the courses will appear on your transcript.

Option 2:

CDA Workshop Classes Forming for May 7, 2018

Use your CDA for workshop credit only

Our CDA Workshop contains the same information and provides the same number of training hours at a fraction of the cost of enrolling as a UC student. Although you will not be an official UC student with UC benefits or have a transcript from UC, you will still receive advanced standing credit into our Associate's Degree Program. Please note financial aid is not avilable for this option.

The cost of the workshop is $999.00 per student (plus the cost of books - which is approximately $70). We offer a discount of $100 per student for centers who enroll 5 or more students into the same CDA workshop session. This workshop model is not eligible for  federal financial aid. Payment for this option can be made by check, credit card, or invoice to your employer, and can also be paid all at once or in three easy payments. 

Download a registration form (PDF)

Call Matt Behrman at 513-556-2104 or email at  for more information. Email the completed registration form back to


Online CDA Renewal Workshop

In the Online CDA Renewal Workshop at the University of Cincinnati:

  • Students can earn 15 clock hours or 1.5 CEU’s in just two weeks!
  • Student can work at their own pace throughout the week from their computer.
  • Students never need to leave home, spend money on gas or childcare!
  • Cost: $125 for 15 clock hours OR 1.5 CEU – all materials are included!
  • Three different CDA Renewal workshops will be offered in through out the year OR can be customized specifically for 6 people or more.
  • Please note that these are  Family Child Care and Preschool Workshops Only- Infant/Toddler Workshops are not avalable at this time

To learn more about CDA Renewal, please visit the CDA Council website.

For information about the next CDA Renewal Workshop or customizing a Renewal Workshop contact:

Matt Behrman