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Motlow's Early Childhood Education degree program earns accreditation

April 20, 2015

The A.A.S in Early Childhood Education degree program at Motlow College has recently earned full accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), according to Sidney Hill, assistant professor of education and Early Childhood Education program coordinator at Motlow.

The National Association for the Education of Young Children recently awarded the Early Childhood Education program at Motlow College full accreditation. Pictured here, Charle Coffey, former director of the education department; Sidney Hill, Early Childhood Education program coordinator; and Dr. Cindy Kelley, vice president for academic affairs. Motlow College Photo.
The NAEYC is the national accrediting body for early childhood programs.

"This accreditation follows three years of initiatives addressing program redesign, alignment with national standards and creation of course evaluation methods and documents," said Hill.

In preparation for accreditation, the education department undertook an academic audit of the Early Childhood program during the 2011-2012 academic year to establish benchmarks for the program and determine areas of redesign. The academic audit is a program administered through the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) in which programs are reviewed by peers from other TBR institutions.

The NAEYC accreditation process requires each program to perform a comprehensive self-study to determine strengths and weaknesses in order to better align key assessments with national standards. This process was conducted by Hill during the 2013-2014 academic year, with support from Debbie Simpson and Margaret McKinley, members of the early childhood education faculty.

"During the year-long program review, each course was evaluated," continued Hill. "Appropriate revisions were made and key assessments and rubrics were created to more fully align student outcomes with national standards."

The education department then sent a comprehensive report to NAEYC in March of 2014. A team of early childhood educators from across the country visited the campus in October of 2014 in order to conduct on-site evaluations and interviews with stakeholders which included faculty, administrators, students, former students and advisory council members from throughout the service area.

The process culminated in March of 2015 when the college was notified of the visiting team's recommendation to NAEYC.

"Earning this accreditation allows students and future students to enroll in a program that exemplifies national standards for the professional care of young children," said Hill.

"This is a major accomplishment for the program and for the college," added Charle Coffey, former director of the education department. "This strengthens our program and benefits our students." For more information about the Early Childhood Education degree program, please contact Sidney Hill at or 931-393-1563.