The Early Childhood Education program at Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) has received a W.K. Kellogg Foundation Scholarship to support its entry into a national accreditation process by the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC) Early Childhood Association Degree Accreditation (ECADA) program.
The Kellogg Scholarship will defray application, self-study review and site visit expenses as the college program begins its accreditation process through NAEYC. After a one-year successful review of the program, the NAEYC will award the NICC program a seven-year accreditation.
The NAEYC Commission on Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation awards accreditation to associate degree programs that demonstrate evidence of meeting professional preparation standards, and accreditation provides a framework for self-study, external evaluation, and improvement in the quality of teacher preparation.
If accreditation is awarded to the two-year Early Childhood Education program, NICC would be one of only two community college programs in the State of Iowa to have earned the national designation, which includes Indian Hills Community College.
Accreditation is a strong indication of the quality of the program and the career readiness of graduates, according to Early Childhood faculty members at the Calmar and Peosta campuses.
NICC and the University of Wisconsin-Platteville have established a transfer agreement for graduates who plan to transfer their credits to earn a B.A. degree at the university, and the college is finalizing a similar agreement with Upper Iowa University in Fayette.