Early childhood development A.A.S.

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    Early childhood development A.A.S.

    Earn your associate degree in a flexible early childhood program that offers diverse field experiences and opportunities for community-engaged learning and research.

Explore the early childhood development associate degree program at the University of Alaska Anchorage

The Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in early childhood development program offers a unique training experience for working with children from birth through age 8. The program includes a variety of field experiences that allow you to apply coursework in diverse real-world settings. You’ll also have opportunities to take part in community-engaged projects and get involved with faculty research.

Early childhood development scholarships and financial aid
Get help with tuition and education costs. The School of Education offers a number of scholarship opportunities, including the Sheri Stears Education Scholarship and the Patty McManamin Endowment for Education. UAA also offers a variety of scholarships and other forms of financial assistance. Learn more about financial aid opportunities at UAA.

Early childhood development A.A.S.

Degree Type:

  • Associate

Program Length: Two years

Availability:Anchorage campus

Other program options: Post-baccalaureate certificate in early childhood pre-K-third grade

What can you do with an early childhood development degree from UAA?

The associate degree program in early childhood development prepares teacher aides, Head Start teachers and other early childhood education professionals to work in early care and education settings, including the public school system. UAA students enjoy a high rate of employment in schools in Anchorage and around the state of Alaska, and many complete their bachelor’s degree in early childhood education at UAA.

Early childhood development careers
UAA early childhood development alumni are uniquely prepared to work with children from birth through age 8. Graduates often work as teachers in early care and education settings, preschool and elementary classrooms. Associate degree alumni also take on roles as home-visitors, center directors or program managers in early care and education settings.

Early childhood development associate degree program highlights

Prepare for successful teaching careers and other professional roles working with children from birth through age 8. The following are some of the top reasons to choose UAA for your undergraduate program in early childhood development:

  • Get hands-on professional experience. Field placement opportunities throughout the course sequence allow you to observe, apply and connect course content to real-life settings with children, families and schools. Field placements take place off site in local early care, preschool and elementary classrooms around the community, which facilitates experience with diverse student populations.
  • Work closely with top faculty. UAA faculty are recognized across Alaska as early childhood leaders. They are all involved in research projects, take part in community-engagement activities and serve on numerous early childhood community, state and national boards. A low student-teacher ratio offers close working relationships with faculty, including opportunities to collaborate on research projects.
  • Take part in the Creative Activities Fair. Throughout select early childhood development courses, you’ll have the opportunity to plan engaging activities for young children to do together with their families.
  • Participate in campus clubs and organizations. Opportunities include Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society, Club Ed, Community Engaged Student Assistants, and Indigenous Studies through the School of Education.
  • Develop your ePortfolio. A number of early childhood development courses require you to create ePortfolios to document your learning and growth. You are also encouraged to do placements across the state that expose you to a variety of facilities.
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Early childhood development associate degree program curriculum

The associate degree program focuses on understanding child development, strengthening observation abilities and developing skills working with young children. This program will also introduce you to resources for continuing professional growth, and provide opportunities to discuss best practices with experts in the field. The associate degree in early childhood development requires a total of 45 credits to complete.

Top classes for early childhood development majors

  • Creativity and the Arts in Early Childhood
  • Family and Community Partnerships
  • Young Children in Inclusive Settings
  • Early Childhood Practicum