Arkansas Early Childhood Mentor Endorsement
- Do your co-workers frequently come to you when
they need help?
- Are you ready for a meaningful
professional development experience that will challenge and
- Are you looking for new ways to
contribute to the early childhood profession?
Consider enrolling in the
Arkansas Early Childhood Mentor Endorsement. This training prepares early childhood professionals
to serve as mentors to teachers and program directors. Mentor
endorsement activities are designed to support and challenge early
educators who consistently provide good quality services in early
childhood programs. Participants include teachers, administrators,
family child care providers, and consultants.
The Mentor Endorsement helps participants increase
their knowledge and abilities in several key areas of professional
development. Among the course topics are adult development,
child-centered curriculum, observation and reflective conferencing,
and effective communication skills.
Participants for 2004-05 may choose either the
Mentor Endorsement (a series of 7-12 seminars) or the Mentor
Endorsement DIRECT, which combines seminars and online work. A total
of 45 clock hours of training is provided in seven modules. CEU
credit is awarded upon completion of all seven modules (4.5
Classes are provided by Arkansas State University
Childhood Services. The Mentor Endorsement is sponsored by the
Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education and is
registered with the Arkansas Early Childhood Professional
For more information, contact Diana Courson, firstname.lastname@example.org,
or call ASU Childhood Services, 1-888-429-1585.
Mentor Endorsement Requirements
Participants in the Mentor
Endorsement must meet the following
1. Trainer status :
Applicants must be verified trainers in good standing with the
Arkansas Early Childhood Professional Development System Registry.
If the applicant is not a verified trainer, a completed application
must be submitted to the Trainer Registry before completing Module
2. (Click here to go to the AECPDS
2. Experience in early childhood
education : Applicants must have a minimum of two
years experience working directly with children in an early
3. Previous education and
training: Applicants must meet ONE of the following
- CDA credential or equivalent
- Degree in early childhood or related field that includes at
least 12 hours in child development/early childhood.
4. Program status
: Applicants must meet ONE of the following
- Currently serve as a mentor in a recognized, formal
mentoring project. (Examples: Director Mentor Quality
Initiative, School-Age Quality Initiative, Child Care
- If the applicant’s is employed in a licensed/registered
child care facility that and does not meet criteria 4.a or 4.b,
then a consultant will visit the applicant’s program. The
consultant will observe designated indicators on the appropriate
environment rating scale(s). If the applicant is a teacher, only
that applicant’s group will be observed. If the applicant is an
administrator, the entire program will be observed. Scores must
meet the requirement set for Arkansas Quality Approval.
If scores fall below the Quality Approval level, the mentor
endorsement coordinator will assign a mentor to work with the
applicant to implement an improvement plan. A second site visit
will be made after the completion of Module 5.The applicant must
be implementing a developmentally appropriate curriculum.
- Applicants who are consultants and are not currently
employed in an early education program must demonstrate
knowledge of best practices through a self-evaluation and an
interview with a representative of the Mentor Endorsement
Mentor Endorsement Recipients must
meet the following criteria.
1. Complete the 45-clock hour Mentor Endorsement
2. Hold current trainer verification with the
3. Sign the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct: http://www.naeyc.org/resources/position_statements/pseth98.htm
4. Demonstrate an above average level of practice
documented by program Quality Approval certificate or equivalent
scores on a monitoring site visit.