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 School of Education Department of Teaching and Learning: Early Childhood Education Pre-K-Third Grade Post-Baccalaureate Certificate program

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

  1. Complete an application for admission to the Department of Teaching and Learning: Early Childhood Education Pre-K-3rd Grade Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, for fall or spring admission. 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. Contact SOE Student Services office for applications at (907) 786-4401.
  2. Have a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 for the baccalaureate degree.
  3. Successfully complete the Praxis I: Core Pre-Professional Academic Skills Test or other Alaska Early Education and Development (EED) approved basic competency exam requirement. Contact the School of Education for current passing scores.
  4. Submit a successful background check with the Alaska Background Check System (ABCS). Please visit School of Education Field Experiences website for detailed information. 

Admission to the Department of Teaching and Learning: Early Childhood Education Pre-K-third grade certificate program does not guarantee admission to the internship (student teaching experience).

Admission to Early Childhood Advanced Practicum (for Certification Routes I and II)

1. Meet all the requirements for and be admitted to the Department of Teaching and Learning: Early Childhood Education Pre-K-3rd Grade certification program.

2. Submit an application form for admission to Advanced Practicum. Contact the School of Education Student Services office for fall and spring application deadlines at (907) 786-4401.

3. Apply for Student Teaching Authorization Certificate. This application includes fingerprinting and a criminal background check. Fee required. Contact SOE Student Services Office for more information.

Admission to the Early Childhood Internship (Student Teaching Experiences) (for all Certification Routes)

  1. Submit an application form for admission to the Early Childhood Education internship. Contact the School of Education for appropriate fall and spring deadlines at (907) 786-4401.
  2. Interview upon request.
  3. Demonstrate content knowledge with a passing score on Praxis II: Elementary Education: Content Knowledge (5018) or Praxis II: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (5017). Note: when taking the exam, please check UAA as receiving institution.
  4. A current Student Teaching Authorization Certificate is required for admission to the internship (finger printing and criminal background check process).
  5. Complete school district specific application for internship placement. See SOE Student Services for more information.

Note: Admission to the Department of Teaching and Learning Early Childhood program does not guarantee admission to the internship.

Academic Requirements

All Early Childhood Education 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 Education 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 education major coursework, methodology coursework and an internship.
  2. Certification route II: This concentration is for applicants who have a baccalaureate degree and an associate degree in early childhood development or a baccalaureate in early childhood education (non-licensure program).
  3. Certification route III: This concentration is for applicants seeking an early childhood education Pre-K-Third Grade endorsement on an existing teacher certificate.

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) in addition to the required courses outlined for each certification route (if not already certified in the State of Alaska). For more details see the EED website.

Students planning to seek a professional license or certificate in a state other than Alaska are required to contact the UAA offering department before enrolling to determine if the program meets the licensing/certification requirements of the state in which they wish to practice.

Certification Route I

Foundation Area Coursework
Select one of the following courses:3
Philosophical and Social Context of American Education
Comparative Education
Foundations of Literacy and Language Development
Select one of the following:3
Human Development and Learning
Child and Adolescent Development
Early Childhood Major Coursework
EDEC A242Family and Community Partnerships3
EDEC A303Young Children in Inclusive Settings3
Select one of the following:3
Integrated Curriculum for Young Children
Guiding Young Children
Children's Literature: Early Childhood Years
Analysis of Children's Literature: Early Childhood Years
Select one of the following:3
A Developmental Approach to Assessment in Early Childhood Education
Action Research Using Observation and Documentation
Observation and Documentation: Inquiry in Action
Methodology Requirements
EDEC A403Mathematics and Science in Early Childhood3
EDEC A404Literacy for Young Children3
Practicum, Internship and Seminar Requirements
EDEC A492EEarly Childhood Advanced Practicum Seminar1
EDEC A495EEarly Childhood Advanced Practicum3
EDEC A492IEarly Childhood Internship Seminar1
EDEC A495IEarly Childhood Internship9
Total Credits38

Satisfaction of all major requirements, totaling a minimum of 38 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 A495I, must be completed after the award of the baccalaureate degree.

Certification Route II

Childhood Major Coursework
Select one of the following:3
Young Children in Inclusive Settings
Children's Literature: Early Childhood Years
Analysis of Children's Literature: Early Childhood Years
Select one of the following:3
A Developmental Approach to Assessment in Early Childhood Education
Action Research Using Observation and Documentation
Observation and Documentation: Inquiry in Action
Methology Requirements
EDEC A403Mathematics and Science in Early Childhood3
EDEC A404Literacy for Young Children3
Advanced Practicum, Internship and Seminar Requirements
EDEC A492EEarly Childhood Advanced Practicum Seminar1
EDEC A495EEarly Childhood Advanced Practicum3
EDEC A492IEarly Childhood Internship Seminar1
EDEC A495IEarly Childhood Internship9
Total Credits26

Satisfaction of all major requirements, totaling a minimum of 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 24 approved credits, including EDEC A495I must be completed after the award of the baccalaureate degree.

Certification Route III:

Foundation Area Coursework
Inclusive Practices (select one of the following):3
Young Children in Inclusive Settings
Special Children from Birth through Five
Inclusive Classrooms for All Children
Early Childhood Major Coursework
Select two of the following:6
Guiding Young Children
Family and Community Partnerships
Children's Literature: Early Childhood Years
Analysis of Children's Literature: Early Childhood Years
Select one of the following:3
A Developmental Approach to Assessment in Early Childhood Education
Action Research Using Observation and Documentation
Observation and Documentation: Inquiry in Action
Internship and Seminar Requirements
EDEC A492IEarly Childhood Internship Seminar1
EDEC A495IEarly Childhood Internship9
Total Credits22

Satisfaction of all major requirements, totaling a minimum of 22 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 A495I must be completed after the award of the baccalaureate degree.

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 3.00 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. Satisfactorily completion of internships.

Program Descriptions and Student Learning Outcomes

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Early Childhood Pre-K-Third Grade prepares professionals who already have baccalaureate degrees to work with young children from birth through eight years in preschool/primary school settings. Successful completion of program requirements leads to an institutional recommendation for initial teacher certification with an endorsement in pre-K-third grade. Courses at the 400-level and above applied to the certificate may also be applied to MEd programs with advisor approval.

Students who complete the post-baccalaureate certificate 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.

Student outcomes for the program 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. Candidates from the post-baccalaureate will be able to:

  1. Create a healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging learning environment based on knowledge of child development.
  2. Create respectful, reciprocal relationships that support and empower families, and involve all families in their children’s development and learning.
  3. 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.
  4. Design effective approaches to teaching and learning, implement and evaluate experiences that promote positive development and learning for all children.
  5. Incorporate knowledge of content areas to create appropriate experiences for young children.
  6. Use ethical guidelines and other professional standards related to early childhood practice.
  7. Demonstrate knowledgeable, reflective, and critical perspectives on professional practice, making informed decisions that integrate knowledge from a variety of sources.