ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

Accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
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ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

Accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
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Program Description

The Early Childhood Education program provides students with a solid foundation in child development emphasizing the development of the whole child, prenatal through age 8. This exciting profession has many associated names including preschool, nursery school, child care, Head Start and kindergarten. These represent a variety of program styles, but the goal is the same — to help young children develop their intellectual, social, emotional, and physical abilities, and provide support for families.

Courses (60 Credits)

Major Requirements

  • Introduction to Early Childhood Profession
  • Child Development I: Prenatal, Infants and Toddlers
  • Child Development II: 3- to 8-Year-Olds
  • Safe, Healthy Learning Environments
  • Curriculum I: Principles and Practices
  • Positive Social and Emotional Development
  • Curriculum II: Thinking, Reasoning and Discovering
  • Curriculum III: Infants and Toddlers
  • Child Guidance
  • Foundations in Nutrition and Physical Wellness
  • Screening, Assessment and Recording
  • Introduction to Children with Special Needs OR Inclusion of Children with Special Needs
  • Child and Family Ecology OR Family Relationships
  • Practicum I OR Responsive and Reflective Teaching OR Practicum for CDAs
  • Practicum II
Admissions Requirements
No special admissions requirements. General guidelines for applying to UAF can be found here.
Careers in Which Our Graduates Excel


  • Pre-School Teachers and Aides
  • K-3 Classroom Aides
  • Before- or After-School Child Care Providers
  • Education and Disabilities Coordinators
  • Family Advocates
  • Family Child Care Home Providers
  • Home Visitors
  • Parenting Educators
  • Program Director and Assistant Directors
  • Recreation Leaders
Cost Breakdown
Tuition Fees Other Expenses
$202/credit $5/credit Technology Fee $40 Application Fee
$6/credit UA Facilities Fee $50 Graduation Fee
$8/credit Network Charge
$25/credit eLearning & Distance Education Fee

 

Estimated Cost of Program Based on Current Rates: $14,790

For more about UAF costs, visit our Registration Guide.

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The quality of classes can only be described as outstanding. And best of all: It is fun. I just love them, especially when looking back and realizing how much it helped further my job as well as my daily life. Heike Loewer