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ERIC Number: ED574298
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Sep
Pages: 160
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
The State of Early Childhood Higher Education in Indiana. Technical Report
Kipnis, Fran; Sakai, Laura; Amanta, Felippa; Whitebook, Marcy; Austin, Lea J. E.; Montoya, Elena
Center for the Study of Child Care Employment, University of California at Berkeley
Teacher preparation in the field of early childhood education (ECE) has historically included a variety of higher education degree programs, in various child-related disciplines, all of which have generally been considered to produce equivalent results. In contrast, programs to prepare teachers and administrators to work with older children reflect far greater uniformity and stringency related to specific preparation standards and certification requirements. In recent years, however, rising expectations about the knowledge and skills that early childhood practitioners need in order to work effectively with young children before kindergarten, along with the introduction of new ECE programs and standards, have led many to question whether the current wide array of ECE-related degree programs can be assumed to produce equivalent results. Indiana has long recognized the specific knowledge base needed for practitioners to successfully teach young children, and includes public-school preschool teachers in the teacher licensing system. However, there remains great variability in what constitutes an appropriate course of study and licensure for teachers and administrators working with young children, across multiple settings. To address this issue, the "Early Childhood Higher Education Inventory" was designed to gain a clearer picture of the early childhood-related offerings in a given state's higher education system. The Inventory describes early childhood degree programs offered in the state, focusing on variations in program content, age-group focus, student field-based learning, and faculty characteristics. The Inventory was implemented in Indiana during the 2014-2015 academic year. This report presents detailed findings collected by implementing the Inventory's mapping, program, and faculty modules. The following are appended: (1) Introduction; (2) Early Childhood Higher Education Programs: Detailed Tables; (3) Early Childhood Higher Education Faculty: Detailed Tables; and (4) Challenges Facing Early Childhood Degree Programs, and Additional Resources Needed. [This report was commissioned by the Indiana Association for the Education of Young Children. For the full report, "Teaching the Teachers of Our Youngest Children: The State of Early Childhood Higher Education in Indiana, 2015," see ED574294. For the highlights of the report, "Teaching the Teachers of Our Youngest Children: The State of Early Childhood Higher Education in Indiana, 2015. Highlights," see ED574297.]
Center for the Study of Child Care Employment. Institute of Industrial Relations, University of California at Berkeley, 2521 Channing Way #5555, Berkeley, CA 94720. Tel: 510-643-7091; Web site:
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Kindergarten; Primary Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA), Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Time; Heising-Simons Foundation
Authoring Institution: University of California, Berkeley. Center for the Study of Child Care Employment
Identifiers - Location: Indiana