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

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 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.

Careful selection of elective courses will allow the AAS student to apply up to 45 credits to the Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood (BAEC). Please work closely with an advisor when making course selections to pursue this type of credit transfer.

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.


For undergraduate advising, contact the School of Education Student Services at 907-786-4401 or uaa.college.of.education@alaska.edu.

For graduate advising, contact the School of Education Graduate Studies Department at 907-786-4450.

Enrolled students can go to DegreeWorks to view degree progress 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Early Childhood Education Faculty

Name Title Program/Department UA Email Address Phone Office
Kitty Deal Assistant Professor Education 
Kodiak College KOC
kldeal@alaska.edu 907-486-1223 KCC123B
Hattie Harvey, Ph.D. Assistant Professor Early Childhood Education haharvey@alaska.edu 907-786-4464 PSB 222C
Wei-Ying Hsiao, Ed.D Professor Early Childhood Education whsiao@alaska.edu 907-786-4435 PSB 225C 
Karen Roth, M.Ed Term Assistant Professor Early Childhood Education klroth@alaska.edu 907-786-1928 PSB 225E
Hilary Seitz, Ph.D. Professor Early Childhood Education hjseitz@alaska.edu 907-786-4872 PSB 225D
Allison Wilson, Ph.D. Adjunct Professor Early Childhood Education acwilson@alaska.edu 907-786-4403 PSB 225F

Gainful Employment disclosures provide important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended this  program. These disclosures are required by the U.S Department of Education.

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