Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Report calls for stronger prep for early childhood educators

A new report from the Illinois Education Research Council (IERC) calls for improving state requirements for the preparation of early childhood education specialists. These instructors have widely ranging credentials, degrees, qualifications, and compensation, according to the new policy brief, Advancing the Illinois Early Childhood Education Workforce: A Model College and Career Pathway.

This report proposes adding a preparation pathway (click on infographic below) to existing early childhood credentialing and postsecondary degree structures to create a seamless system of educator preparation. The proposed model would offer multiple entry and exit paths for educators, according to the authors.

“The pathway model described in this brief builds on existing state work and creates new opportunities for innovation in supporting our state’s early childhood educator workforce, as a whole, to continue to advance their skills and attainment of credentials and degrees,” says Stephanie Bernoteit, senior associate director for academic affairs, Illinois Board of Higher Education, and lead author of the policy brief.