College earns NAEYC Early Childhood Associate degree accreditation

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Commission on Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation announced it has granted accreditation to Northeast State.

“This achievement demonstrates that Northeast State’s program meets, and exceeds in many aspects, the standards of excellence in developing and offering a high quality early childhood education program to its citizens in the College’s service area,” said Xiaoping Wang, dean of Behavioral and Social Sciences. “Compliments go to the College’s administration for its support and the Early Childhood Education program coordinator, Mitzi Neeley, and her faculty for their hard work, dedication, and tireless efforts to achieve quality and excellence for the program.”

This brings the total number of accredited programs to 186 in 30 states since the accreditation system was launched in 2006. An additional 112 associate degree programs are currently engaged in the self-study process.

“We congratulate Northeast State Community College on its achievement,” said Marica Cox Mitchell, Director of Higher Education Accreditation and Program Support at NAEYC. “The NAEYC accreditation system sets a standard of excellence for early childhood associate degree programs to meet, and the College has demonstrated that it meets this standard. We applaud Northeast State’s efforts and appreciate its commitment to program improvement and educator quality.”

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.

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