2011-2012 Catalog 
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2011-2012 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Early Childhood Education Technical Certificate

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Technical Certificate
Contact Information:
Program Office 615-353-3020, E-mail: earlychildhood@nscc.edu

The Technical Certificate in Early Childhood Education prepares the student for employment in the field of child care and early education. 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.

Graduates of the program should be able to:

  • Promote child development and learning of young children.
  • Build family and community relationships.
  • Identify and conduct themselves as members of the early childhood profession.

Admission Requirements

Students must meet regular technical certificate admission requirements.

Career Opportunities

  • Teacher or Assistant Teacher
  • Caregiver
  • Family Child Care Provider

Practicum Courses

Students who wish to register for practicum courses should contact their advisor for information about clinical requirements prior to enrolling.

Grading Policy

A grade of “C” or above must be earned in all Early Childhood courses prior to graduation. The student majoring in Early Childhood Education must receive a “C” or above in each course in order to meet prerequisite requirements for subsequent courses.

Background Check for Employment

Students who wish to become employed in child care programs licensed by the Department of Human Services, State of Tennessee must undergo a criminal history and abuse registry background check. Tennessee law requires a satisfactory background check prior to employment. This is initiated by the employer.


Most students who have already completed coursework through TECTA support for their CDA have only (10-12) additional credits to complete for the technical certificate. All of the courses in this certificate apply toward Nashville State’s A.A.S. degree in Early Childhood Education.

Course Requirements


The Technical Certificate can be completed fully online or on-ground.

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