BA, Early Childhood Education (UAA)
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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 www.eed.state.ak.us/ standards/. Outcomes are also based on the professional preparation standards of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) found
at www.naeyc.org. 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.
Complete the following foundation courses. The courses are selected to provide future early childhood educators with the skills and background knowledge in the various subjects they will be expected to teach. The selection is based on national and state standards for content preparation. Some of the foundation courses may also be used to meet General Education Requirements.
Child Development (6 credits)
DN A145 Child Nutrition 3
EDSE A212 Human Development and Learning (3) 3
PSY A365 Child and Adolescent Development (3)
Social Relationships and Inclusive
Environments (11–12 credits)
EDEC A242 Family and Community Partnerships 3
EDEC A303 Young Children in Inclusive Settings 3
Select two courses from the following: 5-6
CEL A292 Introduction to Civic Engagement (3)
EDEL A327 Teaching Social Studies in
Elementary Schools (2)
EDSE A474 Special Children from Birth
through Five (3)
EDSE A482 Inclusive Classrooms for All Children (3)
SWK A342 Human Behavior in the Social
SWK A409 Introduction to Child Welfare (3)
Liberal Studies Humanities and Social Sciences Core* (18 credits)
*Students must meet General Education Requirements (GER) for Baccalaureate Degrees including 6
credits of social science (SS), from two different disciplines, and 6 credits of humanities (HUM).
Complete the following courses:
Select one course from GER fine arts list (3 credits) EDEC A105 Introduction to the Field of
Childhood (SS GER) 3
LSSS A111 Cultural Foundations of Human
Behavior (SS GER) (3) 3
SWK A243 Cultural Diversity and Community
Service Learning (SS GER) (3)
HIST A132 History of United States II (HUM GER) 3
Select one Alaska Studies course from the following: 3
ANTH A200 Natives of Alaska (SS GER) (3)
EDFN A478 Issues in Alaska Native Education, K-12 (3)
HIST A341 History of Alaska (HUM GER) (3)
Select one course from the following: 3
ANTH A250 The Rise of Civilization (SS GER) (3)
INTL A101 Local Places/Global Regions:
Introduction to Geography
(SS GER) (3)
HIST A131 History of United States I (HUM GER) (3) HNRS A292 Honors Seminar in Social
(SS GER) (3)
LSIC A331 Power, Authority, and Governance (3)
PS A101 Introduction to American Government
(SS GER) (3)
PS A102 Introduction to Political Science
(SS GER) (3)
Liberal Studies Integrated Sciences Core (10 credits)
LSIS A102 Origins: Earth-Solar System-Life
(NS GER) 5
LSIS A201 Life on Earth (NS GER) 5
Mathematical Skills (6-7 credits)
Select one course from GER quantitative skills list 3-4
MATH A205 Communicating Mathematical Ideas 3
Oral and Written Communication Skills (9 credits)
Select one course from GER oral communication list 3
Select two courses from GER written communication list 6
1. Complete the following core courses (29 credits). Field experience in
early childhood programs may be required as part of the courses.
EDEC A106 Creativity and the Arts in Early Childhood 3
EDEC A206 Integrated Curriculum for Young Children 3
EDEC A210 Guiding Young Children 3
EDEC A241 Infant and Toddler Development 3
EDEC A407 Observation and Documentation in Early
EDEC A408 Children’s Literature: Early Childhood Years 3
EDFN A300 Philosophical and Social Context of
American Education (GER Capstone) (3) 3
EDFN A304 Comparative Education (GER Capstone) (3)
EDFN A301 Foundations of Literacy and Language
EDFN A302 Foundations of Educational Technology 2
PEP A345 Incorporating Health and Physical
Activity into the Pre-K-6 Classroom 2
Complete the following methodology requirements (6 credits):
EDEC A403 Mathematics
and Science in Early Childhood 3
EDEC A404 Literacy for Young Children 3
Complete the following internship and seminar requirements (14 credits):
EDEC A492 Early Childhood Seminar (1+1) 2
EDEC A495 Early Childhood Internship (3+9) 12*
*Special note: Completion of 12 credits required for degree and
4. Complete an additional 12 credits of electives.
5. A total of 121-123 credits is required for the degree of which 42
must be upper division.
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
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*
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. **
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.