Training in Early Care and Education (TECE)
Early childhood educators support children ages birth to eight in a variety of settings. To become an early childhood educator, individuals must complete training in early care and education (TECE).
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
Taught face-to-face 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.
Online TECE Training
Completed online from a personal computer. Delaware will only accept online coursework from 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 1 and 2 coursework is equivalent to the 120 hours of preservice learning required to earn a Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential. A CDA Credential is the most widely recognized 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.