• NAEYC National Recognition of Early Childhood Baccalaureate and Graduate Degree Programs


    NAEYC works with CAEP (Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, formerly known as National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education) to review early childhood baccalaureate and graduate degree programs at colleges and universities.  NAEYC peer reviewers, who are faculty in early childhood programs, evaluate program reports to determine whether programs meet the NAEYC Professional Preparation Standards. If a program meets the standards and receives National Recognition, and if the institution goes on to be accredited by CAEP, the program has received a nationally known mark of quality. Currently, there are approximately 256 institutions with NAEYC recognized baccalaureate and graduate degree programs in 37 states/territories, and 2 international recognized programs.


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