Pre-service is the term used to describe the education and training that occurs prior to a practitioner obtaining a college degree and entering the workforce. Pre-service prepares individuals to meet the personnel standards of a specific discipline. Institute of Higher Education (IHE) programs of study provide training for individuals to acquire the specified knowledge, skills, and competencies required to meet state and national personnel standards in a specific discipline. The programs of study also include sufficient field-based experiences across a variety of high-quality infant and early childhood settings
Quality Indicator 1: IHE programs and curricula across disciplines are aligned with both national professional organization personnel standards and state personnel standards.
Quality Indicator 2: IHE programs and curricula address early childhood development and discipline specific pedagogy.