What should the certification process be for early childhood teachers?
A process that reflects the specialized work these teachers do. It’s up to policymakers and other stakeholders to ensure that this happens.
“During the first eight years of child development and learning, the educator’s role is different in many ways than the role a teacher plays later in a child’s life. Policies and practices should reflect this reality,” the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) explains on its website.
How are states doing at setting up distinctive certification processes that focus on early education?
Last month, NAEYC released new state profiles that reveal strengths and weaknesses.
“Using each state’s terminology, the profiles provide a snapshot of the certificates/licenses and endorsements for birth through third grade teachers in public schools; the cycle, if any, by which states review their certification policies; and other information noted by the state respondents as appropriate. We did not include academic content-specific or disability-specific certifications and endorsements.”