Early Childhood Associate Degree Program Earns NAEYC Accreditation
PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. – Central Arizona College’s Early Childhood Education (ECE) associate degree program has been granted accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC) Commission on Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation.
To earn NAEYC accreditation, CAC’s ECE program conducted a rigorous self-study process in collaboration with stakeholders, culminating in a report demonstrating how the program meets the NAEYC Professional Preparation Standards within its community context. The program hosts an external peer review, and findings are presented to the Commission on Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation for an accreditation decision.
“With assistance from the community and the college, we’ve have been working hard to strengthen our early childhood degree in order to best meet the needs of our students and support them in their work with young children,” ECE Professor Vickie Young-Chiverton said. “We could not be happier, knowing that our efforts have resulted in this incredible achievement.”
“We applaud the commitment to continuous program improvement and educator quality that these programs have demonstrated,” said Marica Cox Mitchell, director of higher education accreditation and program support at NAEYC. “High-quality professional preparation programs contribute significantly to ensuring that early childhood professionals have the specialized knowledge and skills needed to support learning goals for all young children. The NAEYC accreditation system sets a national standard of excellence for early childhood associate degree programs to meet, and these programs have shown that they meet this standard. We congratulate these programs on their achievement.”
NAEYC’s professional standards for early childhood degree programs provide a high measure of quality by which teacher education programs can be evaluated.
Founded in 1926, the National Association for the Education of Young Children is the largest and most influential advocate for early care and education in the United States.