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

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.


Academic Pathway

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

Frequently Asked Questions


For program advising, contact Darlene MacKinnon at 907-786-4454, dlmackinnon@alaska.edu  or Dr. Hilary Seitz at 907-786-4872, hjseitz@alaska.edu. 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 hjseitz@alaska.edu 907-786-4872 ADM 103L
Wei-Ying Hsiao, Ed.D. Professor Early Childhood Education whsiao@alaska.edu 907-786-4435 ADM 103K
Kitty Deal, Ph.D. Associate Professor Kodiak College KOC kldeal@alaska.edu 907-486-1223 KCC123B
Robin Dahlman, M.Ed. Assistant Professor
Kenai River Campus KPC
rrdahlman@alaska.edu 907-262-0357 Ward 211