|Educational Qualifications FAQs|
Programs cannot earn NAEYC Accreditation unless 75% of their teachers have bachelor’s degrees in Early Childhood Education.
Criteria 6.A.05 and 6.A.06 address teaching staff qualifications and are always assessed criteria, but are not required. A program may still become accredited even if they do not meet these two criteria if they are able to demonstrate that they meet the following:
- Eligibility and Candidacy Requirements
- All required criteria
- At least 80% of the criteria upon which they are assessed within each of the ten standards, with no one classroom falling below 70% across all standards.
See below for more information about criteria 6.A.05 and 6.A.06, which relate to teaching staff qualifications. To view these and other criteria, please utilize the TORCH Criteria Search.
Criterion 6.A.05 for Teachers states:
All teachers have a minimum of an associate’s degree or equivalent. At least 75% of teachers have a minimum of a baccalaureate degree or equivalent in early childhood education, child development, elementary education, or early childhood special education, and this training encompasses child development and learning of children birth through kindergarten; family and community relationships; observing, documenting, and assessing young children; teaching and learning; and professional practices and development.