ECE Program Accreditation

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The ECE Program at TMCC is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), effective September 2016.

The accreditation process involves a comprehensive self-study to align the program with the 2010 NAEYC Standards for Initial and Advanced Professional Preparation Programs. During self-study, the program reviews curriculum, program degrees, student learning outcomes and assessment, and gathers documentation.

Four degrees are accredited:

The mission of the NAEYC Accreditation of Early Childhood Higher Education Programs system is to set a standard of excellence for early childhood education degree programs and to recognize programs that have demonstrated that they meet this standard, thereby benefiting the programs, and young children, families, and communities.

NAEYC Accreditation of Early Childhood Higher Education Programs, Accreditation Policies and Procedures Handbook, 2017

NAEYC Standards

  • Standard 1: Promoting child development and learning
  • Standard 2: Building family and community relationships
  • Standard 3: Observing, documenting, and assessing to support young children and families
  • Standard 4: Using developmentally effective approaches to connect with children and families
  • Standard 5: Using content knowledge to build meaningful curriculum
  • Standard 6: Becoming a professional

Visit the NAEYC website for more information on accreditation of associate degree programs.


Program Outcomes

Students completing one of the accredited degree programs will demonstrate competence in the knowledge and skills defined in the 2010 NAEYC Standards for Initial and Advanced Early Childhood Professional Preparation Programs.

As part of the Early Childhood Education Program’s achieving and maintaining NAEYC accreditation, it must report annually on the program’s assessment of candidates, related to the 2010 NAEYC Standards for Initial and Advanced Preparation Programs, including outcomes specific to each accredited degree program.