Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education
An individual interested in undergraduate early childhood preparation may obtain a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education to work with children from the ages of birth to age 8. Individuals with baccalaureate degrees should refer to the Early Childhood Post Baccalaureate Certificate Program for more information.
The Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood is a professional degree. Unique features of the program include a foundation in liberal studies with coursework in child development and families. Candidates will engage in field experiences throughout their coursework to directly apply teaching and learning principles. In addition, candidates will engage in an internship in early childhood settings. Admission to the program occurs in two stages and admission to the internship requires academic achievement, written and oral communication skills, and community involvement. For more information see COE Field Placements.
Admission to the College of Education, Department of Teaching and Learning: Early Childhood Major
Admission to the Department of Teaching and Learning is a prerequisite for all upper-division coursework in early childhood. In order to be admitted to the Department of Teaching and Learning, applicants must:
- Complete the application to the Department of Teaching and Learning, early childhood major.
- Complete Tier 1: Basic College-Level Skills General Education Requirements (transfer credits may be used).
- Complete a minimum of 9 lower division credits from the early childhood major requirements with a grade of C or higher.
- Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0.
- Successfully complete the Praxis I: Core Academic Skills for Educators (CASE). Contact the Department of Teaching and Learning for current passing scores.
- Submit a successful background check with the Alaska Background Check System (ABCS). Please visit College of Education Field Experiences website for detailed information.
Admission to the Department of Teaching and Learning is competitive. Qualified applicants are accepted on a space-available basis. Admission to the university as an early childhood major does not guarantee admission to the department.
Admission to Early Childhood Advanced Practicum/Internship
1. Meet all the requirements for and be admitted to the Department of Teaching and Learning as an early childhood major.
2. Submit an Early Childhood Advanced Practicum Application for admission to advanced practicum and an Early Childhood Internship Application for admission to internship. Applications are due September 15 or February 15 of the prior semester. Contact the College of Education Student Services for the application.
3. Demonstrate general content knowledge competency through successful completion of 70 percent of required coursework with a 3.00 GPA.
4. For admission to internship, a passing score on Praxis II: Elementary Education: Content Knowledge (5017) or Elementary Education: Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment (5018) is required. Note: when taking the exam, please check UAA as a receiving institution.
5. Maintain student health insurance throughout internship.
Qualified applicants are accepted on a space-available basis. Admission to the Department of Teaching and Learning does not guarantee admission to the internship.
Note: Partnership organizations, early care and education centers and other school settings have the right to refuse or limit field experience placements for university students.
Internship(s) must be completed successfully and all early childhood major requirements, the Alaska studies requirement, MATH A211 and foundation requirements in child development and social relationships and inclusive environments must be completed with a grade of C or higher in order to obtain an institutional recommendation for teacher certification.
- Satisfy the General University Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees.
- Complete the General Education Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees. Some of the foundation and major requirements may be used to satisfy General Education Requirements.
- Complete the background check requirements listed under Field Placements.
- Complete the foundation requirements below.
- Complete the major requirements below.
Complete the following foundation courses. The courses are selected to provide future early childhood educators with the skills and background knowledge in the various subjects they will be expected to teach. The selection is based on national and state standards for content preparation. Some of the foundation courses may also be used to meet General Education Requirements.
|Select one course from the following:||3|
|Nutrition Through the Life Cycle|
|Survey of Alaska Native Nutrition|
|Human Development and Learning|
or PSY A150
|Select two courses from the following:||6|
|Introduction to Civic Engagement|
|Teaching Social Studies in Elementary Schools|
|Special Children from Birth Through Five|
|Inclusive Classrooms for All Children|
|Foundations of Communication Disorders|
|Human Behavior in the Social Environment|
|Introduction to Child Welfare|
|Trauma in Childhood|
|History of United States I|
or HIST A132
|History of United States II|
|Select one of the following Alaska studies courses:||3|
|Natives of Alaska|
|Issues in Alaska Native Education, K-12|
|Implementing Alaska Native Values into the Classroom or Work Place|
|History of Alaska|
|Social Science GER:||6|
|Cultural Diversity and Community Service Learning|
In addition, select one of the following courses:
|The Rise of Civilization|
|Local Places/Global Regions: An Introduction to Geography|
|Honors Seminar in Social Science|
|Introduction to American Government|
|Introduction to Political Science|
|College Algebra for Managerial and Social Sciences|
or MATH A151
|College Algebra for Calculus|
|Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers I|
Field experience in early childhood programs may be required as part of core courses.
|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 A303||Young Children in Inclusive Settings||3|
|EDEC A310||A Developmental Approach to Assessment in Early Childhood Education||3|
|EDEC A407||Action Research Using Observation and Documentation||3|
|EDEC A408||Children's Literature: Early Childhood Years||3|
|EDFN A300||Philosophical and Social Context of American Education||3|
|or EDFN A304||Comparative Education|
|EDFN A301||Foundations of Literacy and Language Development||3|
|EDFN A302||Foundations of Educational Technology||3|
|PEP A345||Incorporating Health and Physical Activity into the Pre-K - 6 Classroom||2|
|EDEC A403||Mathematics and Science in Early Childhood||3|
|EDEC A404||Literacy for Young Children||3|
|Internship and Seminar Requirements|
|EDEC A492E||Early Childhood Advanced Practicum Seminar||1|
|EDEC A492I||Early Childhood Internship Seminar||1|
|EDEC A495E||Early Childhood Advanced Practicum||3|
|EDEC A495I||Early Childhood Internship||9|
A minimum of 120 credits is required for the degree, of which 42 must be upper division.
Institutional Recommendation Pre-K-3 Teacher Certification
Candidates who complete an internship in the primary grades (pre-K-3rd grade) may apply for teacher certification, pre-K-3rd grade. Following are the requirements for an institutional recommendation:
- Major Requirements completed with a grade of C or higher.
- Alaska studies requirement, MATH A211 and foundation requirements in child development and social relationships and inclusive environments completed with a grade of C or higher.
- Cumulative GPA of 2.75.
- Cumulative GPA of 3.0 in all major requirements.
- Passing scores on the Praxis I Core Academic Skills for Educators (CASE) and Praxis II (5017 or 5018) exams.
- Internships satisfactorily completed.
- Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education degree conferred.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Student outcomes for the four early childhood programs are based on the Standards for Alaska’s Teachers located at www.eed.state.ak.us/standards. Outcomes are also based on the professional preparation standards of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) found at www.naeyc.org. 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 Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education will demonstrate advanced integrated knowledge and skills in preparation for careers in teaching primary grades (K-3) as well as in infant, toddler and preschool educational programs.