UACCM Earns NAEYC Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Commission on Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation has recently announced that it has granted accreditation to the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton’s Early Childhood Development Associate Degree Program. UACCM is one of twelve associate degree programs sponsored by eight institutions of higher education to receive the accreditation this year.
This brings the total number of accredited programs to 136 since the accreditation system was launched in 2006 and UACCM is one of only three accredited two-year colleges in the state. The accreditation system establishes professional preparation standards to raise the quality of early childhood teacher education, and in turn raise the quality of early education programs serving young children. Accredited associate degree programs provide access to the profession and a strong foundation for the diverse pool of early childhood teachers that are needed in the field.
Federal Head Start regulations call for an associate’s degree or higher for teachers, and many states include early childhood associate degrees in their Quality Rating and Improvement Systems for child care and preschool programs. NAEYC’s professional standards for early childhood degree programs provide a high measure of quality by which teacher education programs can be evaluated.
Along with the  NAEYC accreditation, The Arkansas Department for Higher Education has given UACCM’s Early Childhood Education Department approval for a birth to 5 years old teaching credential from the Department of human Services Division of Childcare and Early Childhood Education. After students graduate with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Early Childhood Education and meet all the requirements, this credential will open more job opportunities as well as give them more potential to earn a higher paying salary.
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