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How To Become a Certified Positive Discipline Educator

A Certified Positive Discipline Educator has successfully completed the intensive training in Teaching Parenting the Positive Discipline Way or Positive Discipline in the Classroom. In 2018 Positive Discipline for Early Childhood Educators was also added as an Educator Level Certification option.

Upon completion, Educators are encouraged to teach parenting classes if they have chosen the Parent Educator track or use Positive Discipline in their classrooms if they have chosen the Classroom Educator track. Educators are also encouraged to become a part of the Positive Discipline Association in order to support the successful facilitation and use of Positive Discipline materials, deepen their understanding of theory and practice, and to enrich their use of Positive Discipline in their families or other work settings.

With each Core Workshop, there is a free one year Positive Discipline Association Educator Level Membership offered.

Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator

A Certified Positive Discipline Parenting Educator has successfully completed the 2-day intensive training in Teaching Parenting the Positive Discipline Way. (Also available as a DVD Training). Upon completion, Parenting Educators are encouraged to teach parenting classes using the manuals of experiential exercises and books from the Positive Discipline series. CPDPEs are also encouraged to become a part of the Positive Discipline Association in order to support their successful facilitation or use of PD materials, deepen their understanding of theory and practice, and to enrich their use of Positive Discipline in their families or other work settings. Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educators:
  • provide parenting classes, typically using the model of a seven week series or consolidating it into a 1 – 2 day program.
  • may provide short seminars or introductory presentations on Positive Discipline parenting principles.
  • who are licensed therapists or coaches may integrate basic PD concepts within the framework of their practice.

Certified Positive Discipline Classroom Educator

A Certified Positive Discipline Classroom Educator has successfully completed the 2 day intensive training in Positive Discipline in the Classroom. Upon completion, Classroom Educators are encouraged to use Positive Discipline in their classrooms using the experiential exercises with students from the PDC Teacher's Guide and books from the Positive Discipline series. CPDCEs are also encouraged to become a part of the Positive Discipline Association in order to support their successful facilitation and use of PD materials, deepen their understanding of theory and practice, and to enrich their use of PD in their classrooms, family and other work settings. Certified Positive Discipline Classroom Educators:
  • use Positive Discipline in their own classrooms.
  • may facilitate Teachers Helping Teachers Problem Solving Steps with their colleagues in their school setting or share about Positive Discipline in faculty meetings.
  • who are licensed therapists or coaches may integrate basic PD concepts within the framework of their practice.

Certified Positive Discipline Early Childhood Educator

A Certified Positive Discipline Early Childhood Educator has successfully completed the the 2-day interactive training designed for early childhood educators, teachers, and caregivers who work with children from birth to six years of age. Upon completion, the Certified Positive Discipline Early Childhood Educator is encouraged to use and share the principles and tools of Positive Discipline, an Adlerian research-based philosophy,  with groups of young children. These Certified Educators share a deep understanding of how young children learn, the importance of belonging and social and emotional learning, and how best to teach those skills in a classroom or care setting. Certified Positive Discipline Early Childhood Educators:

  • use Positive Discipline in their own classrooms or early childhood setting.
  • may facilitate the activities in the manual to train other Early Childhood professionals or parents of young children. Please note the Early Childhood Certification workshop can only be facilitated by a PDA Early Childhood Educator Certified Trainer. If you need assistance planning an appropriate training as a Certified Educator please contact the association at info@positivediscipline.org.


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