ACCEPT Project

ACCEPT (Advancing Community College Efforts in Paraprofessional Training) Project is a federally-funded cooperative agreement between the U. S. Department of Education and the Cato College of Education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNC Charlotte). Our collaborators include Central Piedmont Community College, Mitchell Community College, Gaston College, Stanly Community College, and the University of South Carolina.


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ACCEPT Project

From 2011 to 2017, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s Cato College of Education and faculty in the Departments of Educational Leadership and Special Education and Child Development supported in part by a cooperative agreement funded by the U. S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs infuse special education content into community college early childhood associate degree programs to support the inclusion of children with disabilities in preschools and other educational settings.


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Project Information

The focus of this effort is the infusion of evidence-based practices within two-year early childhood associate degree programs to prepare preservice educators for promoting the development and learning of children 0-5 within inclusive environments.


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Searchable Database

ACCEPT Project Searchable Database is a collection of resources to support the inclusion of special education content in the coursework and experiences provided within the associate degree program in early childhood education. For more information, see Resources >>


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Course Content Matrices and Infused Course Calendars

ACCEPT Project Course Content Matrices and Infused Course Calendars are collections of resources to support the inclusion of special education content in specific courses within an associate degree program in early childhood education. For more information, see Resources >>


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Research-to-Practice Briefs

ACCEPT Project Research-to-Practice Briefs are summaries of articles and other reports focused on content standards and key elements for early childhood professional preparation. For more information, see Resources >>


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Advancing Community College Efforts in Paraprofessional Training

ACCEPT (Advancing Community College Efforts in Paraprofessional Training) Project’s focus is infusion of evidence-based practices within two-year early childhood associate degree programs to prepare preservice educators for promoting the development and learning of all children 0-5 within inclusive environments.

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