ERIC Number: ED392192
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Feb-21
Reference Count: N/A
Personnel Standards for Early Education and Early Intervention: Guidelines for Licensure in Early Childhood Special Education. Recommendations of The Division for Early Childhood, Council for Exceptional Children; The National Association for the Education of Young Children; The Association of Teacher Educators.
Council for Exceptional Children, Reston, VA. Div. for Early Childhood.
This paper contains recommendations for licensure for individuals working as early childhood special educators in a variety of settings. The fundamental position presented is that a free-standing credentialling process separate from the credentialling of general educators or of special educators is required for people who work with young children, including those with special needs. The paper addresses the uniqueness of early childhood as a developmental phase, the significant role of families in early education and intervention, the role of developmentally and individually appropriate practice, the preference for service delivery in inclusive settings, the importance of culturally competent professional behavior, the importance of collaborative interpersonal and interprofessional actions, a framework for clarifying professional roles, the structure of recommended early childhood special education licensure, content standards for early childhood special education licensure, guidelines for preparation of early childhood special education professionals, and basic guidelines for 4-year and 5-year institutions. (Contains 80 references.) (DB)
Descriptors: Disabilities, Early Childhood Education, Early Intervention, Educational Practices, Educational Principles, Higher Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Professional Associations, Special Education Teachers, Standards, State Licensing Boards, Teacher Certification, Teacher Competencies
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council for Exceptional Children, Reston, VA. Div. for Early Childhood.