Early Childhood Associate of Applied Science Degree has received initial
accreditation from the National Association of Young Children (NAEYC)
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.
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
“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.
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
“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.