Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Development
- Satisfy the Application and Admission Requirements for Associate Degree Programs.
- Complete an application to the Associate of Applied Science Early Childhood Development program. Applications may be obtained from the Department of Teaching and Learning.
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
- Satisfy the General University Requirements for Associate of Applied Science Degrees.
- Complete the General Course Requirements for Associate of Applied Science Degrees. WRTG A211, WRTG A212, WRTG A213 or WRTG A214 are recommended for the written communication requirement. MATH A105 or higher is recommended as a mathematics and natural sciences requirement.
- Complete all program requirements below with a minimum grade of C.
|DN A151||Nutrition Through the Life Cycle||3|
|EDEC A105||Introduction to the Field of Early Childhood Education||3|
|EDEC A106||Creativity and the Arts in Early Childhood||3|
|EDEC A201||Early Childhood Practitioner Roles and Responsibilities||2|
|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||1|
|EDEC A295||Early Childhood Practicum *||3|
|EDEC A303||Young Children in Inclusive Settings||3|
|EDSE A212||Human Development and Learning||3|
|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|
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.