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Thursday, August 9, 2018

UACCM Early Childhood Development Program Accreditation Renewed by NAEYC


The National Association for the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC) Commission on the Accreditation of Early Childhood Higher Education Programs has renewed accreditation for the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton’s Early Childhood Development program.

UACCM is one of only three NAEYC-accredited colleges in the state, which also includes Southeast Arkansas College in Pine Bluff, and University of Arkansas Pulaski Technical College in North Little Rock. After the commission’s decision this month, there are now 205 NAEYC-accredited programs nationwide.

Early childhood preparation programs serve a wide-range of students and prepare early childhood educators for a variety of early learning settings. Accreditation serves as a mechanism for ensuring a consistent and high level of program quality and alignment to NAEYC’s Professional Preparation Standards while respecting the unique mission and context of each degree program.

“On behalf of the Commission, I’d like to congratulate the programs who earned and renewed accreditation during the most recent review cycle. These programs have spent significant time examining their programs of study, mapping their courses to the standards, creating key assessments, and developing assessment plans, with the goal of continuous program improvement,” Crystal Swank, commission chair, said. “Kudos to the faculty for their dedication and hard work!”

To earn and retain accreditation, professional preparation programs must demonstrate that they:
  • Align to NAEYC’s Professional Preparation Standards; 
  • Respond to the unique needs of their degree candidates and communities;
  • Provide intentional learning experiences for their degree candidates to obtain the knowledge and skills needed to be effective early childhood educators; and 
  • Continuously assess and reflect on their degree candidates’ performance.
For more information about UACCM’s Early Childhood Development program, contact the Admissions Office at (501) 977-2053, or visit our website at www.UACCM.edu.

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