The Early Childhood Education Technical Certificate prepares students for employment in the field of child care and early education. Students are required to complete 24 semester hours in early childhood education. All courses in the technical certificate count toward an A.A.S. or A.S. degree should students choose to continue their education. Students who have completed the TECTA courses for CDA preparation will have only need to complete 12 additional hours to receive the certificate.
Students who received their CDA (Child Development Associate) Credential through TECTA (Tennessee Early Childhood Training Alliance) are given an opportunity to strengthen their skills and knowledge in curriculum development for young children and receive necessary credits for CDA renewal.
For more information, see the Early Childhood Education program site.
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Nancy Ledbetter, Associate Professor, 615-353-3616
Nancy has over 30 years diverse experience as a preschool teacher, home visitor administrator, college instructor, CDA advisor, and early childhood consultant. As a teacher, Nancy has taught 4-year-olds, young toddlers, and children with special needs. She has been a director of three early education programs: a parent-cooperative child care, a inner-city community-based early education program, and a corporate-sponsored, hospital-based child care program. Two of these early childhood programs received national accreditation from NAEYC while under her leadership. She joined the faculty of Nashville State in 2000.
Bachelor of Science in Childhood Development and Family Relations, University of Tennessee at Knoxville, 1972
Tennessee Teacher Certification Grades K-8, 1974
Master of Science Psychology Childhood Development Specialist, Peabody College of Vanderbilt University, 1979
PITC Certified Trainer for Program for Infant and Toddler Caregivers (Modules I, II, III, & IV), 2000
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