Workforce Development


The application window for the 2021-22 school year is now open for the Certificate in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Counseling (CIECMHC) program at Troy University. The Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education will again offer scholarships to employees that meet the acceptance requirements set by Troy University. Information about the program can be found in the attached letter. Employment with DECE does not guarantee a scholarship. You must meet the following requirements with DECE in addition to the requirements set by Troy University for program admission. You may follow this link to view those requirements:

• Employment with DECE for two-years or more;
• Signed commitment to remain employed by ADECE or other early childhood and family program in Alabama for one post receipt of graduate certificate;
• Submit a narrative of 500 words or less: Why do you feel the CIECMHC would be beneficial to your work; and
• Priority consideration will be to those employees who meet all of the requirements of Troy University, those listed above, and have never received a degree or certification sponsored by or paid for by DECE prior to now.

Interested DECE employees may contact me at to request an application for the DECE scholarship.

Questions regarding the CIECMHC program, or application to the program, should be directed to the CIECMHC Program Director, Dr. Patrick Faircloth -


Social and emotional development is something that can be fostered from birth throughout life. However, earlier is always better when addressing problems in these areas for children. If you are someone who has a heart for helping, a love for children and the desire to impact the mental health of our future generations, let Troy University equip you with the skills needed. For more information, click on the link below:

Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Counseling Graduate Certificate