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Educational Support Specialist

Career Studies Certificate

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Become a teacher’s right hand in the classroom

TCC’s Childhood Development Program provides continuous improvements in the quality of child care in the Eastern Region of Virginia.

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If you want to work in the classroom but don’t yet have a bachelor’s degree in education, consider Tidewater Community College’s Career Studies Certificate in Educational Support Specialist.

You’ll be prepared for work as a teaching assistant in both public and private schools. Course work includes:

  • Language arts
  • Social studies
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Child behavior guidance


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Apply all the credits from this program to TCC's Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Development.

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What does this program cost?

TCC's Educational Support Specialist Career Studies Certificate consists of 1 semester of part-time study, with classes held on all campuses.

Estimated Program Cost*:
18 credits x $185.35 per credit = $3,336.30 (not including textbooks and supplies)
*Based on Fall 2018 in-state tuition. Your actual cost may differ.

Where can you go?

While some graduates find employment after earning the certificate, you can continue working toward your Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Development or other career studies certificates.

Is this program for you?

Yes, if you:

  • love working with children
  • are patient
  • enjoy a hands-on environment
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Veterans, transitioning military, spouses and dependents: TCC’s Center for Military and Veterans Education provides academic guidance and help in maximizing your GI Bill® and other educational benefits.

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Tuition assistance such as financial aid, scholarships, work-study, grants and loans can help you save money and reduce college debt.

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Just one semester!

Hands-on classes taught by student-centered faculty who hold numerous leadership positions in the community

Observation hours built into every class

Research-based curriculum reflects National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Core Values and Standards. TCC is seeking this national accreditation

TCC is the Eastern Region lead for Virginia Quality, the statewide early childhood program

TCC participates in the Quality Rating and Improvement System – or QRIS – which assures parents that their children’s day care centers and preschools have qualified teachers and caregivers and enriching programs

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Working to impact children and future leaders


State renews funding of TCC initiative to improve early-childhood education

Student success

Linda Owens and daughter Danielle both earned associate degrees on the same day.