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Tennessee Early Childhood Training Alliance (TECTA)

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TECTA is a statewide system established to provide affordable professional development with academic degree credit possibilities for Tennessee's early childhood education personnel. The TECTA system is funded through and dependent upon annual grants from the Tennessee Department of Human Services (DHS) to Tennessee State University (TSU) Center of Excellence for Learning Sciences.

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TECTA Student Success Story: Kristy Sheppard

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"TECTA has been extremely helpful over the last 20 years in my life. They have encouraged me to further my education, helped me pay for my classes and counseled me on what classes that I need to take in order to complete my degree.

TECTA allowed me to move up in my career, it allowed me to provide more income for my family and also to help me with problem areas when I was teaching. I was able to understand my role in the eyes of children, how to create age appropriate lesson plans and keep the children safe. TECTA opened my knowledge of TNELDS and the NAEYC code of ethics so that I really feel like a professional. I started out just getting training for my job but as I took classes, I realized how much fun it can be and how I can use all of the knowledge in my classroom. Over the years, I obtained my CDA, my technical certificate and Associates Degree. Moving on to the future, I am currently updating my CDA and I am only seven classes away from a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education.

I am so thankful that TECTA can help people like me achieve a degree and help educate teachers today for the sake of the children who are in childcare." - Kristy Sheppard

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If you would be willing to show your support for TECTA and the valuable training that it's given to you or your staff please contact belitzef@roanestate.edu for further information. We would love to hear 'success stories' or stories on how TECTA has changed the way you work or helped your child care facility become the best that they can be!

TECTA at RSCC is funded by Center of Excellence for Learning Sciences at Tennessee State University through a contract with the Department of Human Services.

Tennessee State University Center of Excellence for Learning Services

For more information on additional TECTA sites and resources, please visit our state website at www.tecta.info.

Please visit the TECTA at RSCC facebook page.

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Emily F Belitz • (865) 354-3000 ext. 2244 • Click name for email address

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