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Early Education Branch Accreditation Bodies

Accreditation verification for colleges and/or universities.

Please visit one of the following websites to perform a search for your college and/ or university's institutional accreditation:


The DCDEE Early Education Branch only recognizes the following regional accrediting bodies:

  • Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges
  • New England Commission of Higher Education
  • Higher Learning Commission (North Central Association of Colleges and Schools)
  • Northwest Accreditation Commission
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges


*Official transcripts from colleges or universities without regional accreditation will not be considered for educational assessment by the DCDEE Early Education Branch.


Early Education Branch 

July 2019

Teacher Employment Eligibility Requirements

Resources to determine your eligibility as an NC Pre-K Lead Teacher

Teacher Evaluation Process

Early Childhood Educators who are enrolled with the EES Unit to attain and/or maintain NC Birth-through-Kindergarten licensure are required to align their instruction with NC Foundations for Early Learning and Development. 

Foundations for Families

Foundations for Families is designed to support early childhood professionals’ conversations with families around their child’s development. Aligned with the 2013 North Carolina Foundations for Early Learning and Development, each handout is focused on a particular age level (infants, ones, etc.), provides a short description of skills typical for that age, and offers suggestions for activities that families might do to support positive development. The handouts are designed to be printed and shared with families.




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