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What is TECTA?


The Tennessee Early Childhood Training Alliance (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).

The TECTA system is based on the belief that all early childhood education personnel need to acquire the professional knowledge and skills that will assist them in providing quality care and education for young children.

The TECTA Articulated Professional Development system was established in 1992 by TSU’s Center of Excellence for Basic Skills, renamed Center of Excellence for Learning Sciences (COELS) in January 2007. The COELS serves as the statewide managing agent and provides research and development support. The TECTA Program works with selected Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) colleges and universities to provide professional development and academic programs leading to professional credentials and degrees in Early Childhood Education. In addition, the partner institutions collaborate with local early care and education programs, professional organizations, community agencies, businesses, industries, and families to ensure that the training and education needs of state-regulated early care and education programs are fully met.


This project is funded through a contract with The Tennessee Department of Human Services and Tennessee State University, Center of Excellence for Learning Sciences.

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