Training in Early Care and Education (TECE) coursework provides future educators an understanding of child development, building positive teacher-child relationships, planning effective lessons, and managing time and space in the classroom.
The Delaware Department of Education does not offer TECE training, but does provide a list of training options for those who want to become early education teachers. Specific questions about student eligibility, registration and payment should be directed to the programs listed below.
In-person TECE Training
This training is taught in a classroom setting by educators in a series of sessions. Students complete coursework with a group of peers. Please contact the educational institution in your area for more information on course offerings.
- All counties: Delaware Technical Community College
- New Castle County: New Castle County Vo-Tech School District
- Kent County: POLYTECH Adult Education
- Sussex County: Sussex Tech Adult Education
Online TECE Training
TECE Training an also be completed online from a personal computer. Delaware will only accept online coursework from the Council for Professional Recognition’s list of approved organizations to fulfill TECE. Online credentials may be specialized to include infant/toddler, preschool and family childcare education. All types are accepted. Choose the program that best fits the children you plan to support.
When taken online, TECE coursework is equivalent to the 120 hours of preservice learning required to earn a Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential from the Council for Professional Recognition. A CDA Credential is the most widely recognized national credential in early childhood education. Please Note: Completing the 120 coursework hours required for TECE 1 and 2 does not mean you have completed the national CDA Credential. The national CDA Credential requires additional steps for completion.
Frequently Asked Questions for TECE 1 and 2
- Is TECE 1 and 2 available separately, as two courses, in-person?Yes, contact a program provider above to inquire about schedule.
- Is TECE 1 and 2 available separately, as two courses, online?No, TECE 1 and 2 must be taken together as it is only offered as a complete training package of 120 hours.
- Can I take TECE 1 in person and then finish online or vice versa?No, you must complete the 120 hours of coursework in the same program format.
- Which CDA credential “type” will be accepted for TECE 1 and 2?Online training organizations often offer Infant/Toddler, Preschool and Family Child Care CDA credentials. All three of these credential types are accepted for TECE 1 and 2. Choose the program that fits best based on the children you plan to support.
- Am I able to finish online coursework that I started with Collabornation (Cypherworx)?Because third party companies (not the Office of Early Learning) offer online TECE 1 and 2 coursework, professionals must speak directly with the company to learn all of the company’s policies. Note that TECE 1 & 2 training from Cypherworx/Collabornation is being phased out. This training will no longer be accepted after January 1, 2020.