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Early Childhood Education, AAS, BA

Early Childhood EducationThe UAF Community and Technical College Early Childhood Education program provides students with a solid foundation in child development and experience in a highly satisfying career nurturing young children. This exciting profession is referred to by many names such as preschool, nursery school, daycare, Head Start, kindergarten or primary grade teachers. These names represent a variety of program styles, but the goal is the same – to help children develop to the maximum of their potential and provide support for families.

Program Overview

Three exciting degree options offer flexibility for your educational goals.  A 34 credit certificate provides an introduction to the profession, a 60 credit A.A.S. degree prepares teachers for working with children, and a 120 credit B.A. degree offers concentrated studies in administration, curriculum, and family support.  Graduates of the BA are well prepared to continue their education for an elementary teaching degree through the education department. All degrees can be completed through distance education options.

In association with the ECE program, Bunnell House Early Childhood Lab School, located on the main UAF campus, provides rich observation and practicum experiences for ECE students.  The staff at the lab school is well qualified to support and guide students during hands-on experiences.

Career Opportunities

Due to high demand for qualified early childhood professionals, graduates usually have a variety of options for employment.  Former graduates of our program include Headstart and other preschool teachers, infant care providers, recreation leaders, parenting educators, curriculum specialists, licensing and regulatory experts, managers & directors, owners & operators of early care education programs, family advocates, home visitors, family assistance administrators, licensing staff, aides and teachers in elementary schools.  There are many others who do not graduate from the program but take individual courses to help with childbirth information, nutrition & family wellness and issues of child guidance.  With recent changes to the general education requirements any student can choose ECE 104X Child Development I and use it to meet requirements for graduation. Some university students of other degrees take 18 credits of early childhood for their minor.

Contact Information :

Patty Meritt, Professor, A.A.S./B.A./M.A.T.
Early Childhood Education
UAF Community and Technical College
P.O. Box 758040
Fairbanks, Alaska 99775
(907) 455-2883
mail: pameritt@alaska.edu

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