Southwestern received notice March 31, 2011 that they have been awarded National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation (ECADA) for their Childhood Education & Family Studies degree programs. Annual reports have been submitted in each subsequent year since 2011. NAEYC ECADA Accreditation has been maintained through continued program strength. The NAEYC Commission on Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation awards accreditation to associate degree programs that demonstrate evidence of meeting the Professional Preparation Standards. Accreditation provides a framework for self study, external evaluation and improvement in the quality of teacher preparation programs.
Both the Associate of Science with an emphasis in Childhood Education & Family Studies and an Associate in Applied Science in Childhood Education & Family Studies have received accreditation through the NAEYC Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation (ECADA) program.
Applicable NAEYC ECADA Accreditation Standards are located at: