Promoting Professionalism and High Quality in Child Care in Tennessee

TECTA is the leading statewide organization committed to providing high quality training and tuition assistance to early childhood educators.

The TECTA Advantage

The TECTA Advantage

There are many reasons to choose a career in child care. As an educator, you get to work daily with young children during their early years, the most pivotal time of their growth and development. This is why academic preparation and ongoing professional development are needed to keep up, not just with the development of children, but also with the requirements for each branch of the child care field.

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TECTA Leadership Development

TECTA offers a variety of free professional development opportunities to strengthen the leadership skills of child care administrators and to improve the quality of child care and education programs.

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Support for High School Students

TECTA is dedicated to nurturing the next generation of educators, empowering them to seamlessly transition into the world of early childhood education. Our program ensures a solid foundation with college tuition support for high school students completing Career & Technical Education (CTE) ECEC I and II classes through the TECTA Orientation Equivalency initiative, specialized High School Child Development Associate® (CDA) CredentialTM guidance, and practical learning and confidence through our Pre-Apprenticeship Program.

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Online Training

The Tennessee Child Care Online Training System (TCCOTS) powered by ProSolutions offers free training for all early childhood education professionals, from new educators to program directors and administrators. TCCOTS is available at no cost to Tennessee residents. The course catalog includes training in Child Development and Learning, Health, Safety and Nutrition, Leadership and Professionalism, Organizational Development and Administration, and more. All courses are also available in Spanish.

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Credentials for Administrators and Infant/Toddler Educators

The Tennessee Early Childhood Program Administrator Credential (TECPAC) is an academic program designed for child care program directors. Training is provided through the Administrator Academy, a competency-based program that blends curriculum training with business and management education. Training begins in the Administrator Academy and ends with a professional portfolio and assessment on the Program Administration Scale (PAS) or Business Administration Scale (BAS).

TECTA offers a statewide Infant/Toddler Credential for caregivers of children birth to age three. Participants engage in a structured program encompassing the TECTA Infant/Toddler Orientation, a blend of hybrid training modules, creation of an online portfolio, accompanied by personalized coaching, reflective observations, and collaborative peer learning opportunities.

Who Is Eligible ForTECTA Support?

You are eligible for TECTA support if you:

  • Are currently employed or volunteering on a regular basis at a Tennessee state-licensed early care and educational program
  • Are currently a high school student enrolled in ECEC courses
  • Have completed a TECTA Orientation, or have completed High School ECEC I and II courses that have been approved by TECTA as equivalent to a TECTA Orientation
  • Have declared a major in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, or a related degree program and have earned 3 credits of early childhood course work
  • Have enrolled in ECED courses or have completed ECEC I-IV and dual enrollment ECED courses at the secondary level and are looking for assistance with obtaining a Child Development Associate (CDA) CredentialTM
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TECTA Events

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Join us this week for the fifth session of the 16th Annual TECTA Summer Research Institute: “Educator`s Toolkit: Social Emotional Development and Literary Supports” presented by Mandy McDermott.

Registration is also open for our final session. Visit to register today!

There`s still time to register for the second webinar in our Summer Research Institute, The Magic of Wonder!" presented by Susan Frizsell. Attend all six webinars for 8 hours of DHS-approved Literacy training hours. Those who attend all six webinars will also be eligible for special educational resources!

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There`s still time to register for the first webinar in our Summer Research Institute. Dr. Shirley Raines is a renowned speaker, author, and consultant and will share "Story S-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-r-s: Children`s Literature in Early Childhood Curriculum."

Attend all six webinars for 8 hours of DHS-approved Literacy training hours. Those who attend all six webinars will also be eligible for special educational resources!

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