Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Development
The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Early Childhood Development is a program in the School of Education (SOE) that 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. The program prepares students to work with young children from the ages of birth to eight years. Unique features of the program include a foundation in content with coursework in child development and families. Candidates engage in field experiences throughout their coursework to directly apply teaching and learning principles. In addition, candidates engage in a semester-long practicum experience.
The AAS in Early Childhood Development is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
- Complete the Admission Requirements for Associate Degrees.
- Complete an application to the AAS in Early Childhood Development. Applications may be obtained from the School of Education (SOE) Office of Student Services, (907) 786-4401.
- Background checks are required for field experience(s) at all schools and agencies.
- Some schools and agencies may require a TB test before entering their facility.
- Complete the General University Requirements for Associate of Applied Science Degrees.
- Complete the General Education Requirements for Associate of Applied Science Degrees.
- Complete the following major requirements with a minimum grade of C. A cumulative GPA of 2.00 or above is required in all EDEC courses.
|Complete one of the following:||3|
|Nutrition Through the Life Cycle|
|Survey of Alaska Native Nutrition|
|Complete one of the following:||3|
|Human Development and Learning|
|Child and Adolescent Development|
|EDEC A105||Introduction to the Field of Early Childhood Education||3|
|EDEC A106||Creativity and the Arts in Early Childhood||3|
|EDEC A206||Integrated Curriculum for Young Children||3|
|EDEC A210||Guiding Young Children||3|
|EDEC A241||Infant and Toddler Development||3|
|EDEC A242||Family and Community Partnerships||3|
|EDEC A292||Early Childhood Practicum Seminar||3|
|EDEC A295||Early Childhood Practicum 1||3|
|EDEC A303||Young Children in Inclusive Settings||3|
|Complete 15 credits of electives. Students are strongly encouraged to discuss elective choices with an advisor.||15|
To be admitted to EDEC A295, applicants must complete an application and have earned a minimum grade of C in all EDEC courses.
A minimum of 60 credits is required for the degree.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Student outcomes are based on the Standards for Alaska’s Teachers. Outcomes are also based on the professional preparation standards of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The students will demonstrate the following outcomes:
- Create a healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging learning environment based on knowledge of child development.
- Create respectful, reciprocal relationships that support and empower families, and involve all families in their children’s development and learning.
- Use systematic observations, documentation, and other effective assessment strategies in a responsible way, in partnership with families and other professionals, to positively influence children’s development and learning.
- Design effective approaches to teaching and learning, implement and evaluate experiences that promote positive development and learning for all children.
- Incorporate knowledge of content areas to create appropriate experiences for young children.
- Use ethical guidelines and other professional standards related to early childhood practice.
- Demonstrate knowledgeable, reflective, and critical perspectives on professional practice, making informed decisions that integrate knowledge from a variety of sources.
The expected mastery of student outcomes differs in accordance with program level. Students who complete the Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Development will be proficient entry-level child care workers, have knowledge of child development and demonstrate basic abilities in child care paraprofessional skills.