The standards for early childhood higher education
The NAEYC Commission on the Accreditation of Early Childhood Higher Education Programs uses the 2010 NAEYC Standards for Initial and Advanced Early Childhood Professional Preparation Programs to review higher education degree programs seeking NAEYC 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 for associate, baccalaureate, and initial-license master's degree programs, while the advanced standards are used by advanced graduate degree programs where degree candidates enter the program having already earned a previous license in early childhood.
The initial and advanced standards are also used as the basis for NAEYC Recognition of baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral early childhood degree programs as part of the CAEP accreditation of schools, colleges, and departments of education ("Educator Preparation Providers" or EPPs).
You can download the full standards document here:
Using the standards as a framework for professional 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 Standards for Early Childhood Professional Preparation
This position statement guided the development of the initial and advanced standards used in NAEYC's higher education accreditation and recognition systems, as well as 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