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UAA College of Education Mission

We prepare educators and support the lifelong learning of professionals to embrace diversity and to be intellectually and ethically strong, resilient, and passionate in their work with Alaska's learners, families, and communities.

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What will I learn?

The Early Childhood Development Certificate program and the Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Development program prepare paraeducators and other professionals to work in early care and education settings, including the public school system. The Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education prepares professionals to work with young children
from birth through age 8. The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Early Childhood Pre-K-Third Grade prepares professionals who already have baccalaureate degrees to work with young children from birth through 8 years in preschool/primary school settings. Successful completion of either the Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education or the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Early Childhood Pre-K-Third Grade program requirements leads to an institutional recommendation for initial teacher certification with an endorsement in Pre-K-Third Grade. All programs are developed to meet the National Association for the Education of Young Children guidelines for personnel preparation. Student outcomes for the four early childhood programs are based on the Standards for Alaska’s Teachers located at standards/. Outcomes are also based on the professional preparation standards of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) found
at The students will demonstrate the following outcomes:

1.      Create a healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging learning environment based on knowledge of child development.
2.      Create respectful, reciprocal relationships that support and empower families, and involve all families in their children’s development and learning.
3.      Use systematic observations, documentation, and other effective assessment strategies in a responsible way, in partnership with families and other professionals, to positively influence children’s development and learning.
4.      Design effective approaches to teaching and learning, implement and evaluate experiences that promote positive development and learning for all children.
5.      Incorporate knowledge of content areas to create appropriate experiences for young children.
6.      Use ethical guidelines and other professional standards related to early childhood
7.      Demonstrate knowledgeable, reflective, and critical perspectives on professional practice, making informed decisions that integrate knowledge from a variety of sources.

What classes will I take?

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Pre-K-3 Teacher Certification
Candidates who complete an internship in the primary grades (Pre- K-3rd grade) may apply for teacher certification, Pre-K-3rd grade. Following are the requirements for an institutional
1.      Major Requirements completed with a grade of C or higher.
2.      Alaska Studies requirement, MATH A205, and Foundation Requirements in Child Development and
Social Relationships and Inclusive Environments completed with a grade of C or higher.
3.      Cumulative GPA of 2.75.
4.      Cumulative GPA of 2.75 in all Major Requirements.
5.      Passing scores on the Praxis I (PPST) and Praxis II (0011 or 0014)
6.      Internships satisfactorily completed.
7.      Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education degree conferred.

1.      Submit an application to the Department of Teaching and Learning.
2.      Complete the Tier I Basic College-Level Skills General Education

What can I do with this degree?

The Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood (BAEC) prepares candidates to work with children from birth through age eight. The program offers professionals working in childcare or the public school system opportunities to further their career in early childhood. Many changes occurring nationally and in our state have brought attention to young children. There is a critical need for quality programs for young children as well as qualified early childhood professionals.

Skills and Duties

Preschool teachers typically do the following:

  • Prepare children for kindergarten by introducing concepts they will explore further in kindergarten and elementary school
  • Work with children in groups or one on one, depending on the needs of children and the subject matter
  • Plan and carry out a curriculum that targets different areas of child development, such as language, motor, and social skills
  • Organize activities so children can learn about the world, explore interests, and develop talents
  • Develop schedules and routines to ensure children have enough physical activity, rest, and playtime
  • Watch for signs of emotional or developmental problems in children and bring problems to the attention of parents
  • Keep records of the students’ progress, routines, and interests, and keep parents informed about their child’s development*

Earning Potential

In Alaska, Early Childhood Teachers in a public school earn ~$5,593 per month. Administrators/Directors in a Preschool and Childcare Center Program earn ~$4,050 per month. **  

Job Outlook

Employment of preschool teachers is expected to grow by 25 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Growth is expected due to a continued focus on the importance of early childhood education and the growing population of children ages 3 to 5.

*United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor

**Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development