Seawolf Advisory!

This morning, our Facilities and Campus Services team was made aware of a pothole that shut down the westbound lanes of Northern Lights Boulevard between UAA Drive and Career Center Drive. It has since been upgraded to a sinkhole, and the lanes will remain closed for an undetermined amount of time while crews repair the damage. We anticipate the closure will extend through the week.

Finals week is a very stressful time for students. Students, please know that your professors have been made aware of the situation. Please communicate with them any delays you may experience due to this issue. We know this is an unexpected traffic challenge. Please take a deep breath. We want you to have a smooth and safe finals week.

Early Childhood Education

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. 

Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Development

Catalog links to current catalog year; see historic catalogs to view previous years. 

Program Overview

The 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 who want to increase their understanding and excitement about working with young children, meet municipality child care licensing requirements, or complete a degree are encouraged to speak with any Early Childhood faculty member.

Frequently Asked Questions


For first year advising, contact Valerie Svancara. For program advising, contact Dr. Hilary Seitz at 907-786-4872 or Enrolled students can go to DegreeWorks to view degree progress 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Background checks may be required for some EDEC courses.

Early Childhood Education Faculty

Name Title Program/Department UA Email Address Phone Office
Hilary Seitz, Ph.D. Professor, Program Lead Early Childhood Education 907-786-4872 ULB 107A
Wei-Ying Hsiao, Ed.D Professor Early Childhood Education 907-786-4435 ULB 107B
Kitty Deal, Ph.D. Associate Professor Kodiak College KOC 907-486-1223 KCC123B
Robin Dahlman, M.Ed. Assistant Professor
Kenai River Campus KPC 907-262-0357 Ward 211