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Standards for Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation
The NAEYC Commission on Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation approves and uses the 2010 NAEYC Standards for Initial and Advanced Early Childhood Professional Preparation Programs to review associate degree programs seeking accreditation. These standards describe what early childhood professionals are expected to know and do, defining essential learning outcomes for professional preparation programs and presenting a shared vision of excellence.
The initial standards provide the basis for accreditation from the NAEYC Commission on Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation, while the initial and advanced standards are used as the basis for NAEYC recognition of baccalaureate and graduate programs as part of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) accreditation of schools, colleges, and departments of education.
►Source of Evidence: Self-study Report documenting your associate degree students performance in relation to these standards (template available after being deemed eligible to begin self-study).
Using the NAEYC Professional Preparation Standards as a Framework for Professional Standards and Competencies in your State
The Position Statement: 2009 NAEYC Standards for Early Childhood Professional Preparation
These core NAEYC standards guided the development of the initial and advanced standards used in NAEYC s higher education accreditation and recognition systems. They are also used in professional development systems, state policy development, and program improvement planning.
To learn more about the Accreditation system as a whole, see the Accreditation Handbook or contact us with questions.