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.
- 2010 NAEYC Standards for Initial and Advanced Early Childhood Professional Preparation Programs (full standards document)
- One-page summary of the Initial Standards
- Two-page summary of the Initial Standards
► 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
If you work with an agency that develops state early childhood competencies (CKCs/CBKs), you can use this Self-Review Instrument to ensure that your work is informed by the national standards of the profession. For information about how NAEYC can help your state use the NAEYC professional preparation standards to support the development of integrated early childhood professional development systems, contact Mary Harrill at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
- Position Statement: 2009 NAEYC Standards for Early Childhood Professional Preparation
- Suggested Relationship between the CDA Formal Child Care Education Requirement and NAEYC Standards for Professional Preparation Programs
- Suggested Relationship between NAEYC Standards for Professional Preparation Programs, NBPTS Early Childhood Generalist Standards, and InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards