TECTA is the first systematic statewide early childhood training and professional
system in the nation administered by higher education to include orientation through
advanced degree programs.
The primary goals of TECTA are:
to improve the quality of child care for children
to improve access for Tennessee child care providers for early childhood education
courses by providing articulated certificate and degree preparation programs
to establish a statewide training and professional recognition system to support early
Through TECTA, eligible child care providers receive:
Training Free orientation training provided by trainers who are educated and experienced in
the field of early childhood education.
Tuition Support Tuition support for early childhood academic courses that provide academic preparation
for the CDA credential assessment process.
Financial Support As funding allows, eligible students earning their CDA, technical certificate, AAS,
Bachelor's, Master's or Doctorate degrees in early childhood education with licensure
or child development may receive financial support.
Empowerment Training empowers students and allows them to choose their academic and professional
Networking Networking opportunities with other child care providers are provided.
Funds are provided on a first come/first served basis to all eligible applicants as
TECTA is funded through a contract with the Tennessee Department of Human Services
(DHS) and Tennessee State University, Center of Excellence for Learning Sciences.
TECTA is approved by DHS and the Tennessee Board of Regents.
To provide professional development that nurtures the growth of individuals in a community of learners through an articulated statewide higher education system, resulting in the highest quality early childhood experiences for all of Tennessee’s children.
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