Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Development

Admission Requirements

Academic Requirements

All candidates in the Associate of Applied Science Early Childhood Development program must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or above in all EDEC courses.

Background Check Requirements

See College of Education Field Placements.

Graduation Requirements

Program Requirements

DN A151Nutrition Through the Life Cycle3
EDEC A105Introduction to the Field of Early Childhood Education3
EDEC A106Creativity and the Arts in Early Childhood3
EDEC A201Early Childhood Practitioner Roles and Responsibilities2
EDEC A206Integrated Curriculum for Young Children3
EDEC A210Guiding Young Children3
EDEC A241Infant and Toddler Development3
EDEC A242Family and Community Partnerships3
EDEC A292Early Childhood Practicum Seminar1
EDEC A295Early Childhood Practicum *3
EDEC A303Young Children in Inclusive Settings3
EDSE A212Human Development and Learning3
or PSY A365 Child and Adolescent Development
Complete 12 credits of electives. EDEC A100 is recommended. Students are strongly encouraged to discuss elective choices with an advisor.12
Total Credits45
*

To be admitted to EDEC A295, applicants must complete an application and have earned a grade of C or above in all EDEC courses.

A total 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 AAS in Early Childhood will be proficient entry-level child care workers, have knowledge of child development, and demonstrate basic abilities in child care paraprofessional skills.