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Motlow State Community College
P.O. Box 8500
Lynchburg, TN 37352-8500
(931) 393-1500

Motlow to Offer New ACE (Adult College Express) Program

Students can earn Early Childhood Education Degrees and Certificates

June 29, 2011

Charly Coffey, director of education for Motlow College recently announced a new Adult College Express (ACE) program to be offered this fall. In keeping with the Tennessee Board of Regents' accelerated pathways initiative, Motlow will offer courses leading to the Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education. The purpose of the major is to create a statewide early childhood academic degree and professional career development model that supports the Head Start Reauthorization Act degree requirements for Head Start teachers/staff.

This initiative builds on the established Tennessee Early Childhood Training Alliance (TECTA) model. The academic coursework and clinical practicum's prepare students for CDA (Child Development Associate) assessment and credentialing. The major is not limited to Head Start personnel but is open to all persons, including paraprofessionals, wishing to gain professional expertise in the education and care of children from infant through age eight.

In addition to the associate's degree offered, child care providers can earn the Technical Certificate in Early Childhood Education that is embedded into this program. This certificate is granted when students complete the four courses that have been identified as providing the foundational knowledge students need to sit for the Child Development Associate (CDA) exam that earns them the first credential recognized in the field. The certificate is for students seeking employment in the field of child care and early education and facilities seeking accreditation must have employees who hold a certificate or degree.

Visit the College's website <> to learn more about the ACE program as well as the early childhood education. Contact Charly Coffey at 931.393.1810 or by email at