WSCC’s Early Childhood Education program seeks national accreditation
SCOTTVILLE — West Shore Community College’s Early Childhood Education (ECE) program is seeking national accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC.)The national accreditation process measures the quality of a college’s early childhood education standards and provides higher education institutions the ability to transfer early childhood education associate degrees from one accredited institution to another explained WSCC Professor of Early Childhood Education Lisa Morley.“Accreditation communicates a commitment to quality,” Morley stated. “It is a thorough assessment of all education processes and, through measured assessments related to early childhood education, our quality standards. The process has elevated our current program to the next level.”Morley has been busy documenting the early childhood education criteria used by NAEYC to evaluate WSCC’s program.To earn NAEYC accreditation, the current program has collected and submitted data and reports and implemented a self-study. A visit by a team of peer reviewers will occur later this month. The entire process typically takes two years to complete, and only about ten percent of eligible associate degree programs in the United States are accredited. “As a specialized accreditor, NAEYC examines programs preparing early childhood professionals to make sure they are meeting the standards for the early childhood career field. Graduates with early childhood degrees and credentials are in high demand. I can’t graduate them fast enough,” Morley added. “We are excited about this accreditation process and will continue moving the program forward.”WSCC’s Early Childhood Education program currently offers a child development national credential (CDA), a one-year certificate in early childhood education, and an associate of applied arts and science degree.The college also offers a “3 plus 1” program in partnership with Ferris State University which allows students to complete a bachelor of ECE degree on the WSCC campus. The degree encompasses three years of WSCC classes followed by one year of Ferris classes.Those interested in learning more about the ECE program may contact Morley at the college. For questions about the WSCC’s application and enrollment process, contact the Student Services Office at (231) 843-5510.