Early Childhood

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The Early Childhood program at UAA blends theory and practice in the preparation of early childhood educators who can deliver quality care and education for young children from birth through age eight. 

Program Overview

National Association for the Education of Young Children higher education accreditation logoThe focus of the degree is understanding child development, strengthening observation abilities and developing skills working with young children. In addition, this program will familiarize students with resources for continuing professional growth, and provide opportunities to discuss best practice with others in the field.

The department believes that children build their understanding of the world by interacting with objects and activities, with adults and with other children. We also believe that adults learn best by interacting with other adults in discussion, experimentation, and reflection. Students are asked to stretch their thinking and share their experience with other students in the program.

Students can choose between the Occupational Endorsement Certificate in Infant and Toddler Development, Associate of Applied Science degree (NAEYC-accreditated), or Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education degreee that may include licensure to teach up through third grade. Ready to increase your understanding and excitement about working with young children? Speak with any Early Childhood faculty member the Student Success Coordinator today!

Academic Pathway

Catalog links to current catalog year; see the catalog archives to view previous years. 

Background Checks & Applications

Note that clearing an initial background check is required of all undergraduate students in the first semester of enrollment for placement in course-based clinical field experiences. Additionally, undergraduate students are required to submit supplemental applications to the Student Success Office to facilitate practicum/internship placement and licensure processes.

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