Resources
 
The EI/ECSE standards and components use the term “candidate” to refer to preservice students in higher education programs and the following resources are designed to be used by both institutes of higher education (IHE) faculty and professional development providers.  Therefore, we use the term “learner” in place of “candidate” when we reference the ways these resources may be used for in-service professional development as well as pre-service instruction.
 
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The EI/ECSE standards and components use the term “candidate” to refer to preservice students in higher education programs and the following resources are designed to be used by both institutes of higher education (IHE) faculty and professional development providers.  Therefore, we use the term “learner” in place of “candidate” when we reference the ways these resources may be used for in-service professional development as well as pre-service instruction.

 

  • EI/ECSE Glossary - The glossary contains terms and definitions used throughout the standards. The glossary can be used as a reference as you read the EI/ECSE standards and associated resources to aid understanding.
     

  • CEC-DEC-EI/ECSE Standards, Components, and Supporting Explanations - This document provides a complete report of the EI/ECSE standards and their components. Additionally, supporting explanations are provided that describe why it is important for learners to gain the knowledge and skills represented by each component of the standard. These explanations can be used to support decisions about learning activities and practical experiences during pre-service preparation programs and in-service professional development activities.
     

  • Standards, Knowledge Bases, and References - The standard knowledge base provides a concise summary of the relevant laws, other standards (i.e., InTASC, CEC, NAEYC, CAEP Elementary), DEC Recommended Practices, CEC HLPs, research and other literature and resources from the field that support each standard component. A full reference list is also included.  These can be used to understand the support that exists and was used in the development of the standards and components. These may be used to help ensure coursework and professional development includes the most poignant resources and sources of information.
     

  • Reviewer Rubrics 

    • CAEP Evaluation Framework for EPP-Created Assessments -This rubric is used by CAEP site-team visitors to evaluate assessments created by an Educator Preparation Program (EPP) and submitted to CAEP for accreditation purposes. CEC EI/ECSE programs reviewers use Sections 1, 2, 3 and 6 (if evaluating surveys) to review the quality of assessments submitted in the CEC SPA review process. NOTE:  CEC does not expect assessments used at the program level to meet CAEP’s requirements for validity and reliability (Sections 4 and 5 of this document). This evaluation tool can also be used by EPPs when they design, pilot, and judge the adequacy of the assessments they create.

    • CEC EI/ECSE Candidate Performance Rubrics - This rubric is used by CEC EI/ECSE program reviewers to determine whether the content of the program’s assessments is sufficient to ensure that candidates meet each EI/ECSE standard. The content of all assessments cited as evidence for a standard must, taken as a whole, demonstrate that candidates have mastered the standard. Both in-service professional development and pre-service preparation programs can use these rubrics to assess candidates in ways that align with the EI/ECSE standards, whether or not they are pursuing CAEP accreditation.
       

  • Performance Indicators -This document provides concrete examples of learning activities that learners can engage in to gain the knowledge and skills represented by the EI/ECSE standards. Performance indicators may be used to develop courses and curriculum, plan learning activities and assessments, and determine activities for learners to observe or engage in during field experiences and ongoing professional development activities.  
     

  • Themes Throughout the Standards - The following statements were developed to provide further explanation as to  central  themes which apply across all the new standards due to their fundamental influence on quality of EI/ECSE services. For pre-service, these statements may be topics addressed across curricula (e.g., as teacher educators do curricular planning, develop or revise courses). For PD they could be used to support development of materials and discussion topics (e.g., providing coaching around inclusive education). 

  • Standards and Assessment Chart - This chart provides descriptive examples of assessments that could be used to provide evidence that meet each of the EI/ECSE Standard Components. The types of assessments described are those required in the CAEP/CEC program review process. 
     

  • Crosswalk Standards and Assessments - This matrix provides a crosswalk between the EI/ECSE Standard Components and the CAEP/CEC 6 to 8 key assessments.  The chart delineates which assessments could be used as primary sources of evidence for each of the Standard Components.
     

  • Crosswalk to EI/ECSE and NAEYC ECE Standards - This matrix compares the EI/ECSE standards with the NAEYC ECE standards and may be used by programs to identify common and unique knowledge and skills across early childhood. Blended ECE/ECSE programs may also use this crosswalk to plan how to efficiently and effectively cover the necessary knowledge and skills of both EI/ECSE and ECE during initial preparation.
     

  • Course Development and Curriculum Resources EI/ECSE Standards 2020 - Includes adult learning planning tools and examples, sample syllabus, curriculum planning, crosswalks, and cross-disciplinary competencies found on the ECPC website.

Resources You Can Use for Pre- and In-service Professional Development

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