Early Childhood Education Journal

, Volume 34, Issue 2, pp 103–116 | Cite as

Electronic Portfolio Adoption for Teacher Education Candidates

  • Michael W. Ledoux
  • Nadine McHenry


Programs of professional development for preservice teachers of young children in the United States attempt to align their program goals and candidate performances to The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), Association of Childhood Education International (ACEI), and their particular state standards. In addition they attempt to teach candidates to be knowledgeable and reflective practitioners who use the best practices in their field. This article will address one university’s attempt to adopt this process and utilize electronic portfolios. The article will include examples of course objectives, standards, rubrics, and candidate performances interwoven through program matrices in order to insure the proper delivery of instruction while maintaining flexibility and creativity. It is hoped that the article will foster discussion about the strengths and challenges of accountability and academic freedom in preparing candidates in early childhood education.


standards teacher preparation portfolios technology assessment 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.EducationWidener UniversityChesterUSA

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