Higher Education

NAEYC values the role of higher education in advancing the early childhood educator profession.

Higher Education Priorities and Initiatives

Professional Preparation Standards

The Professional Preparation Standards describe what early childhood educators should know and be able to do.

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Information for Higher Education Students

Looking to pursue a degree in Early Childhood Education? Discover what characteristics to look for and where to find a degree that's right for you. 

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Early Childhood Degree Directory

NAEYC has developed a national directory highlighting all available early childhood degree programs to help students, policy makers, and researchers make informed choices.

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Higher Education Quality Assurance Systems

Through its higher education accreditation and recognition systems, NAEYC provides two unique mechanisms for early childhood degree programs to demonstrate their commitment to high-quality professional preparation.

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Resources for Higher Education Faculty

Online Community of Practice

The online community of practice for faculty is your place to share best practices, provide current resources on topics of interest and engage in meaningful dialogue with others involved in teacher preparation.

Selecting books to use in your courses?

NAEYC publishes well respected books on the latest research in early childhood education on a range of topics. Check out these recommendations for your courses. 

Build your Public Policy Knowledge

The potential reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA) presents a unique opportunity for Congress to help build a stronger current and future early childhood education profession.