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. Besides this one-year technical certificate program, a two-year A.A.S. degree program is available. Students may also decide to pursue the CDA Credential. Prospective students should contact the early childhood faculty for information on various paths and options.
The Early Childhood Technical Certificate is designed to prepare professionals in the field of early childhood education. Students in this program will gain knowledge in areas such as child development, family and community involvement, and curriculum development. Graduates will be prepared to work in various early childhood settings and conduct themselves as members of the early childhood profession.
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 qualify for TECTA funding. TECTA, Tennessee Early Childhood Training Alliance, is a grant program that helps provide funding for people emloyed in a Department 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.
Please contact us to discuss the best option to meet your needs:
Saundra L. Stiles
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(865) 354-3000 ext. 4844