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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Amy Davis, Associate Professor, 615-353-3519
Amy has comprehensive experience working with young children in public schools. Through her time in public schools, Amy taught pre-k, kindergarten, and first grade. As part of a pilot program for universal preschool in Louisiana, she co-led a model class for mainstreaming special need preschoolers. Amy has also served on advisory committees for implementing preschools in public schools. As a teacher, she designed and implemented parenting clubs, mentored colleagues, supervised preservice teachers in preschool programs, led professional development workshops, and served on curriculum teams. Amy has twice been awarded Teacher of the Year by her colleagues. She has been on the faculty at Nashville State since 2007.
Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, Mississippi State University, 1999
Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, University of Mississippi, 2001
Early Childhood Add-On Certification, Nunez Community College, 2003
Brenda Jerles, Assistant Professor, Clarksville Campus, 931-472-3458
Brenda has over 30 years of experience as a public school kindergarten teacher in several different school settings. She has mentored teachers, led workshops for early childhood professionals and families, and served on curriculum committees as part of her work in public schools. She joined the faculty of Nashville State in 2009. Brenda primarily teaches and advises at the Clarksville Campus.
B.S. Elementary Education, Austin Peay University, 1972
M.S., Agricultural Science, Tennessee State University, 1984
+45, Professional Administrator Pre K-12, Austin Peay University, 1994
License in Elementary Grades 1-9, 1972
License in Kindergarten Grade 3, 1972
License in Professional Administrator Pre K-12, 1994
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
Peggy Sharpe, Associate Professor, 615-353-3365
Peggy has taught Early Childhood Education at the college level since 1991. She was the coordinator of the program at a community college in Ohio before moving to Nashville in 2001 and joining the faculty at Nashville State. Besides developing and teaching the courses for the community college in Ohio, she and her husband started a non-profit organization. That organization has grown to include two child care centers and three before- and after-school sites. Peggy is also a consultant and trainer, providing training sessions to help improve quality at early childhood centers.
Bachelor of Science in Home Economics, Harding University, 1967
Master of Science in Childhood Development and Family Life, Ohio University, 1989
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