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TECTA Orientation 


What is a TECTA Orientation?

Eligibility for Orientations

Orientation Descriptions

Orientation Schedule

Register to attend a TECTA Orientation

Orientation Guidelines

What is the TECTA Orientation?

TECTA Orientation serves as the first step in your partnership with TECTA for professional development support. In the 30-hour free training hosted through our eight TECTA sites at public colleges and universities across the state, you will learn the core professional competencies for child care in several specialized categories related to the age group you service, your service location, or your professional role.

TECTA Orientations are designed to meet the training needs for Center-Based programs, Infant/Toddler programs, School-Age programs, Administrators, and Family Child Care programs. We also offer specialized orientations that focus on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Literacy. 

Who Can Take the TECTA Orientation?

If you are a child care professional employed in a DHS licensed program, you are eligible for training and support from TECTA.

Austin Peay State University accepts enrollments for childcare providers working in one of the following counties: Stewart, Montgomery, Houston, Dickson,Humphreys, Hickman, Perry, Lewis, Maury, Wayne, Lawrence. If you do not work in one of these counties, you can locate your local TECTA site using our TECTA map or by visiting our Statewide Website.  

Orientation Descriptions:

When enrolling, please choose the Orientation that best fits your role in childcare.

Specialized Orientations

The following orientations are open to childcare providers who have previously completed a TECTA orientation and/or have completed at least three hours of academic coursework.  A transcript may be requested at the time or registration.

Orientation Schedule

Orientation Schedule Below

Spring / Summer 2024 Orientation Schedule

*Fall Orientation Schedule will be posted mid-August

Registration Now Open

Registration Deadline: May 28, 2024

Face-to-Face Montgomery County (Clarksville)

This is a daytime class and meets from 9AM-12PM & 1PM-4PM on   5 Tuesdays : June 4, 11, 18, 25, & July 2

Registration Deadline: August 12, 2024

Face-to-Face Montgomery County (Clarksville)

Meets on Mondays & Wednesdays from 6PM - 9PM

August 19, 21, 26, 28

Sept 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, & 23

*Locations & dates subject to change. 

Orientation Registration Request

Please download the registration packet below and return to our office by email (tecta@apsu.edu) or fax (931-221-7585). All OER's must be completed and signed by the individual participant.  Our policy allows up to three individuals from one program per orientation. All confirmations and requests for clarification will be sent to the email address listed for the individual taking the orientation.

Download Orientation Registration Packet

Orientation Registration Guidelines:

  1. Each orientation will have a limit of 35 applicants enrolled (may vary for online orientations). Orientation enrollment request forms will be placed in numerical order based upon the date of receipt. All other applicants will be placed on a waiting list, and will be contacted if a space becomes available.
  2. All orientation participants must complete, sign and fax/mail their own TECTA Enrollment Request form. No more than three applicants from one agency may participate in an orientation.
  3. Up to three applicants from a single qualified provider/single agency will be admitted to a TECTA orientation course. Additional applicants will be classified as alternates and may be admitted should space become available after registration deadline.
  4. Registration Deadline: Orientation enrollment request forms must be received by the TECTA at APSU office by the deadline designated for each orientation. All applicants will be sent a confirmation via email no later than 3 business days after the registration deadline.
  5. Confirmation of attendance.  Once enrolled, you will receive an email asking that you confirm your registration.  Confirmation can be done by phone or email.  If you do not confirm your seat, it may be given to another participant.
  6. All applicants may take only one orientation at a time.
  7. There is no charge for TECTA Orientation training.  Orientation is provided through a grant from the Tennessee Department of Human Services.
  8. You must attend all modules (30 hours) to receive a TECTA Certificate. You may miss up to two modules, but these will need to be made up before receiving a certificate.  
  9. For optimal learning, please enroll in the orientation most specific to the age-group in which you serve.