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UTSA graduate program receives national accreditation

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The College of Education and Human Development’s Master of Arts in Early Childhood and Elementary Education program recently received accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Commission on the Accreditation of Early Childhood Higher Education Programs. The college is one of only two master’s programs in the country that share this accreditation.


“NAEYC sets the standard for quality in early childhood education,” said Dr. Iliana Alanis, professor and early childhood and elementary education program coordinator. “We are proud to provide professional preparation that is aligned with the NAEYC Professional Preparation standards for the educators within our community.”


The program, which is housed in the college’s Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching, provides students with theoretical foundations and practical applications in early childhood education leadership, instruction, and advocacy. 


“We designed our program in response to community needs and trends in the field,” said Alanis. “The faculty in the program engage in research related to advancing equity for culturally and linguistically diverse populations. Through our work, we aim to promote equity and social justice by advocating for educational change and reform.”


The program also incorporates a variety of field experiences that exposes students to culturally, linguistically, and ethnically diverse settings in early childhood education.


“Through the accreditation process, faculty improved their ability to align student-learning outcomes with course assessments,” said Alanis. “As a result, students have more opportunities to demonstrate their ability to plan and implement intentional developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate learning experiences for children in infant and toddler programs up to third grade.”


NAEYC is a professional organization that promotes quality education and learning for children from infancy through eight years old. The program received accreditation for the master’s program through the Fall of 2020. The program is reevaluated every two years.


“We believe that this accreditation represents our professional and personal development in quality early childhood education,” said Alanis. “The NAEYC accreditation serves to validate the work we are already doing within the department and promotes excellence in early childhood teacher education at UTSA.”


Learn more about the Master of Arts in Early Childhood and Elementary Education program.


Learn more about the Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching.


Learn more about the National Association for the Education of Young Children





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