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A.A.S. Early Childhood Education Now Accredited
February 11, 2014

Walters State’s Early Childhood Associate of Applied Science Degree has received initial accreditation from the National Association of Young Children (NAEYC) Commission.

“This recognitions reflects favorably on the quality and dedication of our early childhood education program and our education program in general,” said Dr. Wade B. McCamey, president of Walters State.

“Accreditation also affirms to the public that our graduates are well-prepared to enter the workforce and deliver quality childhood education,” McCamey added.

The degree program prepares students for management, supervisory and teaching positions in early childhood education settings. Classes also transfer to four-year colleges and universities.

“We applaud the commitment to continuous program improvement and educator quality that these programs have demonstrated,” said Marica Cox Mitchell, director of higher education and program support at NAEYC.

 “We are proud that our program has received this recognition. While we have always offered a quality program, this accreditation assures students and employers that our learning standards meet the highest standards in the country,” said Karen Stooksbury, coordinator of the program and associate professor of early childhood education.

A rigorous self-study was required to earn this recognition. This study included program partners and culminated in a report demonstrating how the program meets the NAEYC professional standards. The program also hosted an external peer review with findings presented to the Commission on Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation.

 “High-quality professional preparation programs contribute significantly to ensuring that early childhood professionals have the specialized knowledge and skills needed to support learning goals for all young children. The NAEYC accreditation system sets a national standard of excellence for early childhood associate degree programs to meet and these programs have shown that they meet this standard,” said Mitchell.

 CUTLINE:  Walters State’s Early Childhood Education Associate of Applied Science Degree has received initial accreditation from the National Association of Young Children (NAEYC) Commission. Above, Karen Stooksbury, coordinator and associate professor of early childhood education, and Elizabeth Mandracchia, associate professor of early childhood education, are shown with the certificate of accreditation.