T.E.A.C.H. Now Offering Bachelor's Degrees for Child Care Professionals
The T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Scholarship Program, which is helping to establish a well-qualified, fairly-compensated and stable workforce for Florida's children, is now offering bachelor's degrees in Early Childhood Education for child care professionals!
Many Florida State Colleges and Universities already offer bachelor's degrees in Early Childhood Education and now you can apply for a T.E.A.C.H. scholarship to expand your education even more.
As a prerequisite, you must hold a 2-year college degree. In addition, the following prerequisite courses to a Bachelor's degree are provided through your T.E.A.C.H. scholarship:
- EDF1005: Intro to Education
- EDF2085: Teaching Diverse Populations
- EME2040: Education Technology
Operated by the Children's Forum, T.E.A.C.H. also provides scholarships for an Associate's degree in early childhood education, a Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential, a Florida Staff Credential, and a Director Credential. The program is funded by Florida's Office of Early Learning.
Although T.E.A.C.H. provides the majority of funding, T.E.A.C.H. scholars and the child care program where they are employed pay a portion of expenses for tuition and books. Scholars typically receive a bonus after they complete courses and agree to remain with their current employer for at least one year. In addition, directors of child care programs are reimbursed $8 per hour for providing release time for their staff to attend classes.
The benefits of T.E.A.C.H.:
- Child care programs: Child care professionals are more knowledgeable about best practices for early care and education. In addition, a reduction in turnover will increase the quality and marketability of the program.
- Participants: Child care providers, program directors, owners and family child care providers increase their education and professional status. They are better compensated through participation in the program and experience an increase in job satisfaction.
- Children: Children are the main beneficiaries of T.E.A.C.H. They have consistent caregivers who are committed to the field of early care and education, specialists in early childhood education, and sensitive to the needs of very young children.
Currently, 80 Bachelor's degree scholarships have been awarded since July 1, 2015.
For more information about T.E.A.C.H., call 877-FL-TEACH or visit www.teach-fl.com.