Students Seeking a Degree in Early Childhood Education
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Looking for a Degree Program? Why Accreditation Matters
Accreditation provides an external evaluation of professional preparation programs, which can help you choose a high-quality program that's right for you. Programs that earn accreditation have demonstrated that they meet a set of national standards—agreed on by experts in the early childhood field—to ensure students graduate with the knowledge and skills all early childhood professionals should possess. TheNAEYC Commission on the Accreditation of Early Childhood Higher Education Programsis the body that grantsNAEYC Higher Education Accreditation在该联营，学士和硕士学位的水平，学生准备工作在幼儿教育领域美国的方案。
TheCouncil for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation(CAEP) is another mechanism through which high-quality teacher preparation is established. Up until early 2020, NAEYC partnered with CAEP to review and grantNAEYC国家认可在中学毕业会考的儿童早期教育计划，硕士或博士学位的水平。
Benefits of Attending an Accredited Early Childhood Degree Program
Wondering about the benefits of earning your degree from an NAEYC Accredited early childhood degree program? Here are a few key benefits reported in a survey of faculty fromaccredited programs:
Accredited programs support student engagement and responsive practice.75% of faculty members indicated that the accreditation process increased their students’ engagement in collaborative and active learning.
Accredited programs focus on what professionals need to know and be able to do.认证程序提供了丰富的经验，为您学习和运用金莎真人投注官网你的国家专业标准的理解。这些经验会给你一个坚实的基础，让你更加适销对路的雇主。
Accredited programs are committed to quality.All degree programs do not have the same level of quality. Accreditation recognizes excellence in early childhood professional preparation at a time when current and future professionals are seeking specialized early childhood degrees and credentials.
Specialized accreditation matters。作为一家专业的美国的认可机构，全美幼教协会检程序准备幼儿教育专业人士，以确保它们符合标准的幼儿教育领域。机构认可机构审查学院或大学作为一个整体，没有深入重点机构的幼儿节目。
What Professional Qualifications Do You Need?
Early childhood professionals work in many settings—child development programs (home-based and center-based) and public schools are common. The qualifications you will need to work in these settings are based on the type of funding the program receives and the level of quality the employers aim to achieve.
- NAEYC-accredited early childhood programs serving young children
- Child care subsidy funded programs*
- Elementary school educators and administrators*
- Other related professionals like home visitors, early intervention specialists, and family service workers*
*Requirements vary per state. Your local Department of Education, Department of Health/Human Services, NAEYC affiliate, or early childhood college professor may be able to help you locate the resources applicable to your state.
Ready to choose a program?
When exploring programs or institutions at which to obtain your degree, in addition to considering programmatic accreditation, it's also important to be sure you're avoiding diploma mills. The term diploma mill refers to a non-regionally-accredited program or institution that offers a credential or degree for a fee while requiring very little course work. These programs often sound "too good to be true" and often employ aggressive advertising tactics to entice new students. Visit theU.S. Department of Education要么Federal Trade Commissionwebsites to learn more about diploma mills and how to avoid them.
By requiring all programs that pursue NAEYC Accreditation or Recognition to be accredited by a regional accreditor as well, the system ensures that diploma mills are ineligible for accreditation. You can be sure that by choosing to attend a NAEYC-Accredited or NAEYC-Recognized degree program, you will not be in danger of falling prey to fraudulent or ineffective degree programs.
NAEYC has identified all early childhood degree programs offered at U.S. institutions to create an interactive directory. Search by distance, degree level, and accreditation/recognition status to find a program that meets your needs!