CDA vs. TCC

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  1. FutureTeacher87

    FutureTeacher87 New Member

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    On my way to becoming a Pre-k teacher in the state of Georgia. My bachelor's degree is not in education. The pre-k consultant at my school (currently a para) told me that I could obtain a TCC and that would qualify. Would getting a CDA count. Are they pretty much the same thing?
     
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    I believe most teachers with CDAs are in child care centers. IMO, I would rather have college course work under my belt. You can possibly use these credits for something else, (such as a B.S in education, should you wish to continue in the future.) CDA is pretty specific, and much more detailed, somewhat more difficult to obtain.

    The CDA must be renewed every 3 years, and apparently is not eligible for any type of financial assistance. The TCC is a program that is eligible for state and federal financial aid.

    Check out this link:

    https://www.decalscholars.com/pages/edu_landing.cfm
     
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    I know what CDAs are but I've never heard of a TCC ?!

    But yes, you can be a lead teacher only in a daycare with a CDA. It wouldn't work for anything else
     
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    Technical Certificate of Credit = Georgia thing...

    I agree CW. I don't think IL public schools will take the CDA only for teaching positions.

    We have Associate in Arts Degree - Child Care Aide/Early Childhood Specialist Certificate for most city/junior colleges in IL.
     
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    Thanks everyone. I will also be taking the GACE soon to qualify for the GaTapp. I do plan on continuing and getting a Masters in Education. Thanks! :)
     
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    Good for you. Interesting to learn about various programs for different states. Keep in mind that if you ever move, the more education you have, the better your status becomes. Another resource you may consider is becoming a student member of NAEYC. You get a subscription to The Young Child magazine, and it will keep you informed on standards and policies in ECE. Great for peer-reviewed articles for your future research papers. And when they have their annual conference, you can attend at the the student rate. Additionally, they offer a few spots for volunteers, and that will get you in free!
     

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