National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Standards for Early Childhood Professional Preparation in Advanced Programs
The M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education at Towson University, along with the undergraduate and MAT degree programs, was accredited and awarded National Recognition by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) in 2007. The M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education is aligned with NAEYC’s Standards for Early Childhood Professional Preparation in Advanced Programs. Guided by these standards, the faculty in the Department of Early Childhood Education at Towson University is committed to providing high quality graduate study for professionals those who work with, or on behalf of, young children and families.
Based on these standards, NAEYC “accredits the programs that prepare teachers and other professionals to work in the programs and classrooms serving young children.” (http://www.naeyc.org/ncate/)
“At the bachelors and graduate degree level, NAEYC works with NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education) to review the early childhood programs at four-year colleges and universities. NAEYC-trained reviewers who are faculty in other early childhood programs evaluate program reports to determine whether a program meets NAEYC's five standards of professional preparation. If a program meets the standards and receives National Recognition, and if the institution goes on to be accredited by NCATE, the program has received a nationally known mark of quality.” (http://www.naeyc.org/ncate/)
Download the NAEYC Standards for Early Childhood Professional Preparation, Advanced Programs (PDF) from the NAEYC website.