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Tennessee Early Childhood Program Administrator Credential (TECPAC)

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What is TECPAC?

The Tennessee Early Childhood Program Administrator Credential is the recognition awarded to early childhood administrators who have demonstrated the specific competencies for effective leadership and management through academics, experiences, and portfolio assessment.

Check out the Tennessee Early Childhood Program Administrator Credential brochure (Size: 229 KB). If you are interesting in applying for the credential complete the Tennessee Early Childhood Program Administrator Credential (TECPAC) Eligibility Application.

Questions

  1. What college courses are required before I enter TECPAC?
  2. What business college courses are required?
  3. What part does the administrator credential play in the quality rating system?
  4. Will the administrator credential help me earn national accreditation?
  5. Why does Tennessee need a state issued administrator credential?

Q: What college courses are required before I enter TECPAC?

A: Suggested coursework or equivalent to meet TECPAC requirements include:

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Q: What business college courses are required?

A: Six credit hours in the areas administration and management are required, but can be earned while enrolled in the TECPAC Academy.

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Q: What part does the administrator credential play in the quality rating system?

A: The Report Card for Child Care Centers (Adobe PDF) states that Directors must:

The Tennessee Department of Human Services requires Family & Group Child Care Homes (Adobe PDF):

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Q: Will the administrator credential help me earn national accreditation?

A: Early childhood program administrators who have earned a state issued administrator credential, have multiple years of experience, and a minimum of an associate degree will be able to meet the alternate pathway required for National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accreditation standards.

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Q: Why does Tennessee need a state issued administrator credential?

A: State leadership at the Department of Human Services acknowledges the well documented relationship between overall administrative practices and quality outcomes for children and families. The state credential provides another level of recognition as part of the quality rating system.

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