Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Early Childhood Pre-K-Third Grade (with Teacher Certification)

Those students who already have a baccalaureate degree may obtain an Early Childhood Pre-K-Third Grade Post-Baccalaureate Certificate by completing the following requirements.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the University of Alaska Anchorage

Satisfy the Admission Requirements for Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Programs. Complete the UAA Undergraduate Application for Admission, available on the UAA Admissions website.

Admission to the College of Education Department of Teaching and Learning

In order to be admitted to the College of Education as an Early Childhood Pre-K-Third Grade Post-Baccalaureate Certificate candidate, applicants must meet the following requirements.

  1. Complete a Department of Teaching and Learning application for admission to the Early Childhood Pre-K-3rd Grade Post-Baccalaureate Certificate by one of the following dates: March 1, August 1, or November 1. (Please be aware that the admission deadlines for UAA may vary from those of the Department of Teaching and Learning. For financial aid purposes, applicants must adhere to the deadlines established for the UAA Undergraduate Application for Admission.)
  2. Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 for the baccalaureate degree.
  3. Successfully complete the Praxis I examination or other Alaska Early Education and Development (EED) approved basic competency exam requirement. Contact the College of Education for current passing scores.
  4. Submit an Interested Person Report.

Qualified applicants are accepted on a space-available basis. Admission to the Department of Teaching and Learning does not guarantee admission to the internship.

Admission to Internship

The Admission Committee has the responsibility of determining a candidate’s readiness to enroll in and continue progress in methods and the internship. The candidate must realize that standards set forth below constitute minimum preparation, and it may be the judgment of the committee that the candidate needs further work to develop content, methodology, or classroom experience.

  1. Meet all the requirements for and be admitted to the Department of Teaching and Learning as an Early Childhood Pre-K-Third Grade Post-Baccalaureate Certificate program candidate.
  2. Submit an application form for admission to methods and internship. Contact the College of Education for appropriate deadlines.
  3. Submit one letter of recommendation from someone who can speak to the applicant’s potential as a future early childhood teacher.
  4. Demonstrate general content knowledge competency through successful completion of a baccalaureate degree and a passing score on the Praxis II (0011 or 0014 or other state approved). Contact the College of Education for details.
  5. Provide evidence of successful experiences working with children.
  6. Initiate fingerprinting and criminal background check.
  7. Provide evidence of current physical examination. This service is available free at the UAA Student Health and Counseling Center for current UAA students.
  8. Maintain health insurance throughout internship. Candidates may purchase this insurance through UAA.

Qualified applicants are accepted on a space-available basis. Admission to the Department of Teaching and Learning does not guarantee admission to the internship.

Academic Requirements

All Early Childhood Pre-K-Third Grade Post-Baccalaureate Certificate courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher in order to obtain an institutional recommendation for teacher certification.

Graduation Requirements

Program Requirements

There are three concentrations within the program leading to an Early Childhood Pre-K-Third Grade Post-Baccalaureate Certificate.

  1. Certification route I: This concentration is for applicants who have a baccalaureate degree and are seeking their initial teacher certificate. The certificate requires foundations coursework, early childhood major coursework, methodology coursework, and internship.
  2. Certification route II: This concentration is for applicants who have a baccalaureate degree and an associate degree in early childhood or a baccalaureate in early childhood (non-licensure program).
  3. Certification route III: This concentration is for applicants seeking an early childhood endorsement on an existing teacher certificate.

Certification Route I

Foundation Area Coursework
(Field experience in early childhood programs may be required as part of the courses.)
EDFN A300Philosophical and Social Context of American Education3
or EDFN A304 Comparative Education
EDSE A212Human Development and Learning3
or EDEC A600 Contemporary Issues and Approaches in Early Childhood
Early Childhood Major Coursework
EDEC A242Family and Community Partnerships3
EDEC A407Action Research Using Observation and Documentation3
or EDEC A607 Observation and Documentation: Inquiry in Action
Select two of the following:6
Integrated Curriculum for Young Children
Guiding Young Children
Young Children in Inclusive Settings
A Developmental Approach to Assessment in Early Childhood Education
Children's Literature: Early Childhood Years
Analysis of Children's Literature: Early Childhood Years
Responsive Practices in Early Childhood
Leadership and Advocacy in Early Childhood
Methodology Requirements
EDEC A403Mathematics and Science in Early Childhood3
EDEC A404Literacy for Young Children3
Internship and Seminar Requirements
EDEC A492Early Childhood Seminar2
EDEC A495Early Childhood Internship *9
Total Credits35
*

Completion of 9 credits required for degree and certification.

Satisfaction of all major requirements, totaling 36 credits, must be demonstrated through coursework completed either before or after the award of the student’s first baccalaureate degree. However a minimum of 24 approved credits, including EDEC A495, must be completed after the award of the baccalaureate degree.

Certification Route II

Childhood Major Coursework
EDEC A407Action Research Using Observation and Documentation3
or EDEC A607 Observation and Documentation: Inquiry in Action
Select one of the following:3
Children's Literature: Early Childhood Years
Analysis of Children's Literature: Early Childhood Years
Responsive Practices in Early Childhood
Leadership and Advocacy in Early Childhood
Methology Requirements
EDEC A403Mathematics and Science in Early Childhood3
EDEC A404Literacy for Young Children3
Internship and Seminar Requirements
EDEC A492Early Childhood Seminar2
EDEC A495Early Childhood Internship *9-12
Total Credits23-26
*

Internship credits will vary depending on past teaching experience.

Satisfaction of all major requirements, totaling 24-27 credits, must be demonstrated through coursework completed either before or after the award of the student’s first baccalaureate degree. However a minimum of 24 approved credits, including EDEC A495, must be completed after the award of the baccalaureate degree.

Certification Route III:

Foundation Area Coursework
(Field experience in early childhood programs may be required as part of the courses.)
EDSE A212Human Development and Learning3
or EDEC A600 Contemporary Issues and Approaches in Early Childhood
Early Childhood Major Coursework
EDEC A407Action Research Using Observation and Documentation3
or EDEC A607 Observation and Documentation: Inquiry in Action
Select two from the following:6
Guiding Young Children
Young Children in Inclusive Settings
Children's Literature: Early Childhood Years
Analysis of Children's Literature: Early Childhood Years
Responsive Practices in Early Childhood
Leadership and Advocacy in Early Childhood
Internship and Seminar Requirements
EDEC A492Early Childhood Seminar1
EDEC A495Early Childhood Internship *7-9
Total Credits20-22
*

Internship credits will vary depending on past teaching experience.

Satisfaction of all major requirements, totaling 24-26 credits, must be demonstrated through coursework completed either before or after the award of the student’s first baccalaureate degree. However a minimum of 16 approved credits, including EDEC A495, must be completed after the award of the baccalaureate degree.

Alaska Certification Note

If the candidate is seeking certification in the State of Alaska, the candidate must complete a state-approved Alaska studies course (3 credits) and Alaska multicultural course (3 credits). For more details see the EED website.

Institutional Recommendation — Pre-K-Third Grade Teacher Certification

Following are the requirements for an institutional recommendation.

  1. All course requirements completed with a grade of C or higher.
  2. Cumulative GPA of 2.75 in the Pre-K-Third Grade Post-Baccalaureate Certificate courses.
  3. Passing scores on the Praxis I and II examinations or other EED approved highly qualified exam requirement.
  4. Internships satisfactorily completed.