NAEYC Accreditation

The Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education is pleased to announce that one-time grant funds up to $10,000.00 will be awarded to Alabama’s higher education institutions to pursue accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The Department will award these one-time grants to the following programs:

Bevill State Community College
Enterprise State Community College
Shelton State Community College
Southern Union State Community College
Trenholm State College
Universty of Alabama – Huntsville
University of West Alabama
Northeast Alabama Community College
Wallace State Community College
The University of Alabama
Athens State
Northwest Shoals Community College
Troy University

The mission of the NAEYC higher education accreditation system is to set a standard of excellence for early childhood degree programs and to recognize programs that have demonstrated they meet this standard, thereby benefiting the early childhood profession, young children, families, and communities. NAEYC’s Professional Preparation Standards serve as the accreditation standards for the system, and these standards establish expectations for early childhood educators across all early learning settings.

The NAEYC Commission on the Accreditation of Early Childhood Higher Education Programs awards accreditation to early childhood associate, baccalaureate, and master's degree programs that demonstrate evidence of excellence by meeting the NAEYC Professional Preparation Standards. The NAEYC accreditation process provides a framework for self-study, external evaluation, and improvement in the quality of teacher preparation programs.

The NAEYC Commission on the Accreditation of Early Childhood Higher Education Programs awards accreditation to early childhood associate, baccalaureate, and master's degree programs that demonstrate evidence of excellence by meeting the NAEYC Professional Preparation Standards. The NAEYC accreditation process provides a framework for self-study, external evaluation, and improvement in the quality of teacher preparation programs. There are currently 208 institutions in 42 states with NAEYC-accredited programs. In the state of Alabama, there are four NAEYC-accredited programs: Calhoun Community College (A.A.S. Child Development); Gadsden State Community College (A.A.S. Child Development); Jefferson State Community College (A.A.S. Child Development); and the University of Alabama (B.S. Human Environmental Studies, Early Childhood Education Major).