There are several options available at RSCC for students wishing to enter the field of early childhood education. Each option is designed as a stair-step pathway to the next level. Prospective students should contact the early childhood faculty for information on various paths and options. Additionally, students may qualify for TECTA funding. TECTA, Tennessee Early Childhood Training Alliance, is a grant program that helps provide funding for people emloyed in a Deparment of Human Services (DHS) licensed child care facility. Students interested in applying for funding with TECTA should contact the office directly at 481-2034 to be advised on the most current grant guidelines and eligibility requirements.
All ECED courses are currently offered at the Oak Ridge campus. Additionally, ECED courses are offered in various delivery methods to accommodate the majority of students who are working adults. This includes evening classes, hybrid, and web.
Any student interested in the ECED program should contact Saundra Stiles at 865.481.2000 ext. 4844 or firstname.lastname@example.org to disucss the best option to meet students' needs.
Many students begin with four ECED courses in preparation to apply for the nationally awarded Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential. Students beginning with this option may receive additional help from the TECTA program regarding specific CDA requirements and deadlines.
Students may work on the Technical Certificate in ECED. Requirements are 24 hours of early childhood specific coursework.
Students may begin working directly on the A.A.S. degree in Early Childhood Education.