College Courses, Degrees and Special Opportunities
College Courses and Degrees
The State of Ohio has been working hard to upgrade early childhood education with a five star quality rating system (Step Up to Quality) and other initiatives.
The JEC, in cooperation with Ohio's TEACH program, offers funding to help early childhood teachers and assistant teachers increase their general educational background, through the following programs:
- A Child Development Associate Credential (CDA), via college coursework at University of Cincinnati (distance learning) or Tri-C (local)
- An Associates in Early Childhood Education at Tri-C, Lakeland or the University of Cincinnati (the latter is distance learning)
- A Bachelors in Early Childhood Education at Cleveland State University, University of Cincinnati (distance learning), or a local college with similar tuition
- A Masters Degree or teacher licensing.
Ohio's TEACH program offers incredible benefits towards a CDA, an Associates and to a limited degree, a Bachelors. Teachers and Assistant Teachers in JEC-affiliate programs are encouraged to apply to Ohio's TEACH program for great funding opportunities; the JEC will help fill in tuition so that 100% is covered.
When teachers are not TEACH-eligible, the JEC will cover tuition.
The JEC also has funding for teachers who haven’t been to college before (or in recent years) to take a “toe-in” to college learning; the community will cover the cost of one course.
For more information on any of these programs, contact Rabbi Stacy Schlein, JEC’s Early Childhood Education Associate.
PROFESSIONAL COACHING: Teachers and assistant teachers desiring to improve their practice may request a coach from Rabbi Stacy Schlein at the JEC. The coach is at no cost, and a completion stipend is available to the teacher.