The Tennessee Early Childhood Training Alliance (TECTA) provides FREE 30 hours of Orientation DHS approved training to child care staff and administrators. TECTA Orientation is an academic gateway with a curriculum centered on professional core competencies. Research shows that quality early childhood education plays an important role in preparing children to enter school ready to learn. The key to quality programs is the preparation of personnel with whom young children spend a significant portion of their time. Participation is free to anyone employed in a DHS or DOE licensed program.  Certificates of Completion are awarded to those who complete the Orientation training. 

Participants may choose from five orientation specializations below:

View the  Orientation Training Schedule here

The TECTA program is designed to provide a career lattice for Tennessee's child care community. Successful completion of any of the Orientation programs qualifies an individual for tuition support from the TECTA program to continue their education at any Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) college or University


ECE Careers I & II Equivalency:

What does it mean?

As a high school student you have your choice of electives. The Early Childhood Education Careers elective has two components: ECEC I and II. If you choose this elective and complete both of these courses with a grade of ‘B’ or above then you are eligible to receive a certificate from TECTA that confirms that you also meet the standards of the TECTA Center-Based Orientation class.

Normally individuals must complete the 30-hour Orientation class while working in a licensed child care program to receive their TECTA Certificate of Completion. But, because the ECE Careers classes contain an amount of information and training equivalent to the Center-Based Orientation class you qualify to receive a TECTA Certificate of Completion after completing ECEC I and II with a ‘B’ or above. This means that you are eligible for tuition support from TECTA for college coursework in the field of Early Childhood Education beginning your first year of college at any of the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) community colleges and universities.

To apply send a completed TECTA Center-Based Orientation/ECE Careers I & II Application with a copy of your high school transcript to:

Attn: Ms. Tiffany Rhodes

Tennessee Early Childhood Training Alliance

Tennessee State University

3500 John A. Merritt Blvd, Box 9500

Nashville, TN 37209

Fax: 615-277-1686

Phone: 615-277-1656

Click on the link to download the HSE Application.



Tennessee Child Care Online Training System

To access the TCCOTS e-learning portal, visit Certificates for Training are issued after successfully completing each module. These certificates are recognized by the Tennessee Department of Human Services (DHS) as training hours for all staff employed in licensed child care facilities.

Tennessee Early Learning Development Standards



TECTA is now enrolling students for SPRING 2014 Academic Level Classes