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NAEYC Commission on Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation


May 2013

The NAEYC Commission on Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation awards accreditation to associate degree programs that demonstrate evidence of meeting the Professional Preparation Standards.

Accreditation provides a framework for self study, external evaluation and improvement in the quality of teacher preparation programs. Since the accreditation system began in 2006, 184 programs at 156 institutions have earned accreditation from the Commission on Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation.

There are accredited associate degree programs in 30 states. More than 100 additional programs are currently in self-study in 33 states.