The Tennessee Early Childhood Program Administrator Credential is the recognition awarded to early childhood administrators who have demonstrated the specific competencies for effective leadership and management through academics, experiences, portfolio assessment, and program assessment.
Why does Tennessee need a state issued Administrator Credential?
State leadership at the Department of Human Services acknowledges the well documented relationship between overall administrative practices and quality outcomes for children and families. The state credential provides another level of recognition as part of the quality rating system.
Will the Administrator Credential help me earn national accreditation?
Early childhood program administrators who have earned a state issued administrator credential, have multiple years of experience, and a minimum of an associate degree will be able to meet the alternate pathway required for NAEYC accreditation standards.
How do I get started?
Complete the Initial Application
TECPAC Initial Application
Work with TECTA staff in creating your personal Professional Development Plan
Apply to the Administrator Academy through forms in your Professional Development Plan developed in Step 2
Attend the Academy and use tools for personal and professional growth
Obtain the Tennessee Early Childhood Administrator Credential (TECPAC)
Resources for the Academy
Contact us if you are interested in TECPAC.
Or go to http://www.tecta.info/tecpac for other information.
The Tennessee Early Childhood Program Administrator Credential is administered by Tennessee Early Childhood Training Alliance, Approved by Tennessee Board of Regents and the National Association for the Education of Young Children, and funded by Tennessee Department of Human Services.