Dr. Reginald Harrison Williams, ‘04, assistant professor of early childhood education, was recently appointed to the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Commission of Early Childhood Associate Degree of Accreditation (ECADA), which awards accreditation to two-year degree granting early childhood programs that are recognized by the U.S. Commission of Higher Education. Dr. Williams will serve a three-year term, from now until fall 2016.
The mission of the NAEYC Commission of Early Childhood Associate Degree of Accreditation is to set a standard of excellence for associate degree early childhood programs and to recognize programs that have demonstrated to a peer board that the programs meet the accreditation standards, thereby benefiting the early childhood profession, young children, families and communities. The accreditation is granted to early childhood programs within technical schools, vocational colleges and community colleges that meet or exceed initial professional preparation standards established by the NAEYC.
“I am pleased to make the appointment of Dr. Reginald Williams to the Commission on Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation. After review of his credentials, input from ECADA staff and the Nominations Committee, discussion with the Executive Committee and a personal call with Reggie, I am confident that he has the skills, knowledge and disposition necessary to contribute in a meaningful way to the work of the ECADA Commission,” said Elisa A. Huss-Page, chairperson of the ECADA Commission.
Williams, a comprehensive member of NAEYC since 2002, is currently president of the South Carolina Association for the Education of Young Children and has been serving NAEYC in various capacities as an audit team member and conference proposal reviewer. He is a member of the Orangeburg County First Steps Partnership Board and serves as the collaboration chairperson for the South Carolina Early Childhood Association.
Williams has published numerous articles in refereed journals and other publications. He has conducted research on early childhood professionalism, infant/toddler curriculum implementation, comparative studies of four-year social interactions among university laboratory schools, educating children from homeless families and the use of oral assessments in undergraduate early childhood programs.
A S.C. licensed public school early childhood teacher, Williams holds a Doctor of Philosophy in early childhood education from the University of South Carolina and a master’s degree in early childhood education from SC State University. He attended Duke University for his Artirus Baccalurus in English. A native of Denmark, S.C. and product of the Denmark-Olar School District, he resides in Orangeburg, S.C. with his wife Shannon and two children, Kennedy and Reginald Jr.
SC State’s Department of Education includes one undergraduate degree in early childhood education and two graduate degrees. The degree programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, which partners with the NAEYC.