National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators

Awards Criteria

1. The Pearson/NAECTE Foundation Outstanding Early Childhood Teacher Educator Award

Award criteria: Must be a current member of NAECTE. Must be nominated by an NAECTE member. Nomination materials should clearly demonstrate the nominee’s: 

  • Leadership, as evidenced by providing direction, energy, organization, and efforts aimed at improving early childhood teacher education;  
  • Professionalism, as demonstrated through advocacy, expertise, and high ethical standards; 
  • Self-Reflection Practices, through the conscious commitment to the profession and to her/his own professional development;  
  • Mentoring, by modeling dimensions of teaching that nurture the professional development of students, beginning teachers and faculty, and colleagues 

As an incentive and recognition, the honorarium accompanying this award is $1000 and will be given by our sponsor at the awards ceremony. 

Materials included in the electronic submission: 

  • one letter of support
  • vita 

2. The Taylor & Francis/NAECTE Foundation Outstanding Early Childhood Teacher Educator
Award criteria: Must be a current member of NAECTE. Must be nominated by an NAECTE member. Nomination materials should clearly demonstrate the nominee’s: 

  • Leadership, as evidenced by providing direction, energy, organization, and efforts aimed at improving early childhood teacher education;  
  • Professionalism, as demonstrated through advocacy, expertise, and high ethical standards; 
  • Self-Reflection Practices, through the conscious commitment to the profession and to her/his own professional development;  
  • Mentoring, by modeling dimensions of teaching that nurture the professional development of students, beginning teachers and faculty, and colleagues 

As an incentive and recognition, the honorarium accompanying this award is $1000 and will be given by our sponsor at the awards ceremony. 

Materials included in the electronic submission: 

  • one letter of support
  • vita

3. The Cengage/NAECTE Foundation Outstanding Early Childhood Practitioner Award
Award criteria: Must currently be in a practitioner position in the field. Must be nominated by an NAECTE member. The practitioner materials accurately convey a clear understanding of the nominee’s accomplishments and contributions to teacher education. Besides the strength in the vita and letters of support, there is evidence that the portfolio was well planned (everything is carefully selected and fits together). The portfolio material represents considerable reflection. Areas to consider including in the materials: Mentoring of pre-service and/or in-service teachers; supervising practicum students; collaborating with university teacher education faculty; other relevant early childhood samples of work. As an incentive and recognition, the honorarium accompanying this award is $1000 and given by our sponsor at the awards ceremony. 

Materials included in the electronic submission: 

  • two letters of support 
  • Vita 
  • portfolio items such as: article, philosophy statement, classroom photos, program developed, description of instructional approach, other relevant materials. 

4. The Cengage/NAECTE Foundation Outstanding Dissertation Award

Award Criteria: The dissertation must have been completed between May of the previous year and the deadline of nominations (e.g.: May 2019-August 2020). A highly ranked dissertation accurately conveys to the reader a clear understanding of the nominee’s accomplishments and contributions to teacher education. Besides the strength in the vita and letter(s) of support, there is evidence that the dissertation was well planned and represents considerable reflection.  As an incentive and recognition, the honorarium accompanying this award is $750 and given by our sponsor at the awards ceremony. 

Materials include in the electronic submission: 

  • Dissertation
  • letter of nomination from an NAECTE member 
  • letter from the chair of dissertation committee (if committee chair is an NAECTE member, single letter sufficient) 

5. The Taylor & Francis/NAECTE Foundation Student Travel Grants
Award criteria: Must be a graduate student and traveling to the conference. $500 honorarium is given at the awards ceremony.  


6. The NAECTE Foundation Advocacy Award
For more than thirty years, the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators (NAECTE) has been a voice for quality early childhood teacher education that supports effective programming for young children. One of the primary intentions of the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators Foundation (NAECTEF) is advocacy for NAECTE goals. For that reason NAECTEF has created the NAECTEF Advocacy Award to recognize members who have demonstrated their effectiveness as advocates for programs and/or policies that support quality programming for young children. This award comes with a $500 honorarium. The following criteria will be used by the NAECTE Awards Committee to select the recipient of the NAECTEF Advocacy Award. The nominee must:

  • be an active member of NAECTE,
  • demonstrate LEADERSHIP in effective advocacy for quality early childhood teacher education that supports quality programming/policies for young children at the local, regional, state, national or international level,
  • serve as a MODEL and MENTOR for emerging and developing advocates focused on quality early childhood teacher education that supports quality programming/policies for young children at the local, regional, state, national or international level.

Any member of NAECTE may nominate a fellow member of the organization for this award. Nominations are to be submitted electronically in Word format and are to include 2 or more separate documents. Label each file with the nominee’s last name.

  1. Nominee’s vita. Label the file with nominee’s last name_vita (e.g., Jones_vita)
  2. Letter(s) of nomination. Label the file with the nominee’s last name_letter#1, nominee’s last name_letter#2. (e.g., Jones_letter#1, Jones_letter#2, etc.)

The person recognized with this award will be expected to present through poster or roundtable at the November conference


7a/b. The NAECTE Foundation Awards for Research on Early Childhood Teacher Education: a) Early Career Research Award OR b) Established Career Research Award
One of the goals of the NAECTE Foundation is to promote and support research projects related to early childhood teacher education. Many NAECTE members have developed their capacities as researchers by presenting at NAECTE conferences and writing for its journal. As an extra incentive and added recognition, the NAECTE Foundation offers two $2000 awards to encourage early childhood teacher educators to conduct research that will have relevance for practice, policy, or advocacy in the area of early childhood teacher education. Research award rubric is available…coming soon.

7a. The Early Career Research Award is designated for non-tenured, full-time faculty with up to and including 6 years of experience in a full-time faculty position.
Current members of the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators with an earned doctorate who are early in their careers are eligible to apply for funding for research that is in progress or that will begin at the time the award is received. For this award “early career” is defined as non-tenured full-time faculty with up to 6 years’ experience in rank.

Applicants may apply individually or as an investigative team that designates a Principal Investigator. Other members of the team are Co-Investigators. If a team of applicants receives the award, the Principal Investigator is responsible for coordinating the research, receiving and administering the research award funds, and submitting annual reports.

Proposals must be focused on research on early childhood teacher education and must:

  • be evidence-based (as demonstrated by its rationale and research methods),
  • contribute to the knowledge base of early childhood teacher education, and
  • address issues of practice, policy or advocacy in the area of early childhood teacher education.

The following documentation will be needed in the electronic submission:

  1. The principal investigator’s curriculum vitae
  2. The title page that indicates that this is an application for the Early Career Research Award, the title of the proposal, the researcher’s name and complete contact information including email address and telephone numberThe names and affiliations of other members of the research team, if applicable. This should be the only place where the applicant’s identifying information appears.
  3. The research proposal (maximum 4 pages double spaced) that includes: the research question(s) and focus, the rationale for the research, research methods, a description of how this research is anticipated to increase the knowledge base of early childhood teacher education, and a statement describing how this funding would contribute to the applicant’s ability to achieve the project’s goals.
  4. A detailed budget showing how these NAECTEF funds would be used to support the project.

The award will be paid in two installments: half upon receipt of the award and half when the researcher(s) either presents her/his/their research at a professional meeting (e.g., NAECTE, NAEYC, AERA, or ACEI) or publishes it in a refereed professional journal.

The Principal Investigator is to 1) submit a written progress report to the NAECTEF President by November 1st of each year until the research is complete, and 2) notify the NAECTEF President of the particulars of presentations and publications based on research supported by this NAECTEF award.

The support provided by this NAECTEF award is to be acknowledged in all related presentations and publications.

 

7b. The Established Career Research Award is designated for a member who is tenured or has more than 6 years of experience in a full-time faculty position.
Current members of the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators with an earned doctorate who are early in their careers are eligible to apply for funding for research that is in progress or that will begin at the time the award is received. For this award “early career” is defined as non-tenured full-time faculty with up to 6 years’ experience in rank.

Applicants may apply individually or as an investigative team that designates a Principal Investigator. Other members of the team are Co-Investigators. If a team of applicants receives the award, the Principal Investigator is responsible for coordinating the research, receiving and administering the research award funds, and submitting annual reports.

Proposals must be focused on research on early childhood teacher education and must:

  • be evidence-based (as demonstrated by its rationale and research methods),
  • contribute to the knowledge base of early childhood teacher education, and
  • address issues of practice, policy or advocacy in the area of early childhood teacher education.

The following documentation will be needed in the electronic submission:

  1. The principal investigator’s curriculum vitae
  2. The title page that indicates that this is an application for the Established Career Research Award, the title of the proposal, the researcher’s name and complete contact information including email address and telephone number. The names and affiliations of other members of the research team, if applicable. This should be the only place where the applicant’s identifying information appears.
  3. The research proposal (maximum 4 pages double spaced) that includes: the research question(s) and focus, the rationale for the research, research methods, a description of how this research is anticipated to increase the knowledge base of early childhood teacher education, and a statement describing how this funding would contribute to the applicant’s ability to achieve the project’s goals.
  4. A detailed budget showing how these NAECTEF funds would be used to support the project. The Principal Investigator is to 1) submit a written progress report to the NAECTEF President by November 1st of each year until the research is complete, and 2) to notify the NAECTEF President of the particulars of presentations and publications based on research supported by this NAECTEF award.

The award will be paid in two installments: half upon receipt of the award and half when the researcher(s) either presents her/his/their research at a professional meeting (e.g., NAECTE, NAEYC, AERA, or ACEI) or publishes it in a refereed professional journal.

The support provided by this NAECTEF award is to be acknowledged in all related presentations and publications.

Past recipients of the NAECTE Foundation Research Award are:
     -Cynthia Paris of the University of Delaware received the first research award in 2005.
-Muriel Rand of New Jersey City University received the second research award in 2007.
-Susan Recchia of Teachers College, Columbia University, received the third award in 2008.
-Kathryn Castle of Oklahoma State University received the fourth award in 2009.
-Desalyn De-Souza of Syracuse University received the fifth award in 2010.
-Anna Hall of the University of Kentucky received the sixth award in 2011.
-Karen LaParo of the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, received the seventh award in 2012.
-Christopher Brown of the University of Texas, Austin, received the eighth award in 2013.


8. The NAECTE Foundation Doctoral Scholarship
One of the goals of the NAECTE Foundation is to promote and support promising scholarship related to early childhood teacher education. As a means of promoting the growth of leadership and scholarship in the field, NAECTEF seeks to assist doctoral students in completing dissertation research that enriches the field by addressing critical issues and/or innovative practice. As an extra incentive and added recognition, the NAECTE Foundation is offering a $1,000 award plus doctoral student membership in NAECTE to encourage doctoral students to conduct research that has implications for early childhood teacher education or early childhood professional development. The award funds are to be used to support data collection and completion of the dissertation. In addition to a vita, title page, prospectus, and budget, the application must include a brief statement of endorsement from any current member of the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators who is a committee member or chair on a doctoral committee. The applicant must have passed the comprehensive/graduate exam and has an approved prospectus with a focus on early childhood teacher education. The prospectus should demonstrate high promise as a scholarly contribution. See Rubric Doctoral 2019 rubric.

The award will be paid in two installments: two thirds upon receipt of the award and one third when the student successfully completes the dissertation and either makes a presentation of the research at an NAECTE conference or submits the manuscript for publication in JECTE. The award recipient will send the NAECTEF President an annual written progress report after the award and until the research is complete. The award winner will agree to list the award whenever he/she publishes the data or presents the study.

Nominee proposals must be focused on research in early childhood teacher education or early childhood professional development and must:

  • be evidence-based (both rationale and data collection),
  • contribute to issues and/or innovations in early childhood teacher education, and
  • demonstrate scholarly promise of making an impact in early childhood teacher education.

Applications will consist of:

  1.  a curricular vita or resume,
  2.  a title page with the title of the prospectus, the student’s name and contact information,
  3.  a budget detailing the use of the funds for data collection,
  4.  a four-page, approved prospectus that includes: the research questions(s) and focus, the rationale for the research, methods of research, how this research addresses issues and innovations in early childhood teacher education or early childhood professional development, and a projected timeline,
  5.  an indication as to whether the study will be presented at an NAECTE conference or submitted to JECTE for publication, and
  6.  one brief statement of endorsement from a doctoral committee chair or member who is an early childhood teacher educator or a child development or family life professor.

Past recipients of the Doctoral Scholarship are:
-Sherry Been of Oklahoma State University received the first doctoral scholarship in 2011.
-Michelle Clevenger of the University of South Carolina received the second doctoral scholarship in 2013.


9. The Taylor & Francis/NAECTE Foundation Outstanding JECTE Journal Article
Taylor & Francis also sponsors the Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education (JECTE) Outstanding Article Award. The editor, in cooperation with members of the editorial board, selects the winning article.


Past Award Recipients