To support infant-toddler educators in moving along their educational and career pathways, Early Educator Central offers information and resources related to articulation. These resources provide guidance to States, Territories, training agencies, and other professional development system leaders on the components necessary to support credentials and degrees that are stackable (training and coursework counts and progresses a teacher toward a credential) and portable (credentials and degrees that count in one sector or State are transferrable to other sectors and States). Resources related to articulation of non-credit training to college credit, articulation of entry-level credentials to associate degree, and articulation of associate degree credits toward bachelor degree attainment are highlighted here.
To introduce users to different approaches to articulation, and provide essential perspective about choices and strategies for articulation take a look at:
- Supporting Successful Degree Completion by Early Childhood Professionals, Alison Lutton, National Association for the Education of Young Children An article discussing four major features of strong articulation agreements.
- Getting Started with Articulation: What State Partners Need to Know, Early Educator Central Staff An introduction for state partners and leaders to current issues surrounding articulation in support of early childhood degree attainment.
- A Perspective on Early Childhood Education and Articulation, Deborah J. Cassidy, Ph.D., Professor, Human Development and Family Studies, University of North Carolina at Greensboro Practical guidance and tips about successfully negotiating articulation agreements.
- Texas Early Childhood Education Degree Articulation Toolkit A toolkit developed to support Texas institutions of higher education in creating or improving early care and education degree articulation agreements.
Articulation Agreement Templates
Sample Articulation Agreements
Non-credit Community-Based Training to Credit-Based College Completion:
Child Care Education Institute: CCEI offers national online training and certification programs that transfer to multiple online associate and baccalaureate degree programs.
Entry-level Credentials Toward Associate Degree Completion:
Pennsylvania: Northampton Community College online e-CDA, developed in partnership with Teaching Strategies, Inc., provides 9 college credits toward an NAEYC accredited online associate degree program, which transfers into the PA statewide articulation agreement.
Statewide Associate to Baccalaureate Degree:
Connecticut: Connecticut's 2010 Statewide Articulation Agreement strengthened agreements between two- and four-year colleges offering early childhood education or child development by developing a statewide articulation agreement using NAEYC standards as shared outcomes and requiring NAEYC associate degree accreditation as evidence of meeting NAEYC standards.
Pennsylvania: A Department of Education Early Childhood Transfer and Articulation Oversight Committee (TAOC) approved a statewide associate to baccalaureate articulation agreement in 2011. It is explicitly standards and outcomes-based using the NAEYC standards as the shared statewide student learning outcomes. All associate degree programs must require a capstone portfolio of assessments aligned with NAEYC standards as an exit (graduation) requirement. All associate degree programs must use the approved TAOC rubric for portfolio evaluation. PA requires both 2- and 4-year programs to demonstrate alignment with NAEYC standards.