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

    NAEYC works with CAEP (the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, formerly known as the 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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    Connections to the NAEYC Professional Preparation Standards

    In a recent Young Children article, Mary Jane Eisenhauer and Angela Schooley describe a collaborative service-learning program led by the NAEYC nationally-recognized early childhood education program at Purdue University North Central and the nursing education program on the same campus. Pamela Ehrenberg, Program Review Manager for NAEYC's Higher Education Accreditation system, describes how this service-learning program reflects clear connections to the NAEYC Professional Preparation Standards in this recent blog post. 
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    Is your program included?

    NAEYC is developing a national directory of all early childhood higher education programs in the United States and its territories. Make sure your program is included.