The University of Alaska Fairbanks

1997-98 UAF Catalog

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Early Childhood

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Certificate; Degree: A.A.S.

Minimum Requirements for Degree: 60 credits; for Certificate: 30 credits

The A.A.S. degree in early childhood development prepares students to find employment or to improve present job skills in early childhood and child care programs. Positions in child care centers, Head Start programs, early childhood education programs, child welfare service agencies, scouting services, staff training, program licensing, and public school aid programs are some of the numerous potential directions for program graduates. The A.A.S. degree in Early Childhood Development meets standards specified by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and leads to state certification as an Early Childhood Education Associate II.

The Certificate in Early Childhood, available after 30 credits of specific coursework, is pursued by students enrolling in college for the first time as well as those educated in other subject areas desiring retraining to seek employment in this field. Additionally, classes provide knowledge and skill training to assist those pursuing the field--based Child Development Associate Credential (CDA), and/or meet the education and training requirements of the state of Alaska for employment as directors or teachers in licensed centers. Coursework also fulfills minor or concentration requirements for degrees in other disciplines.

Students pursuing a certificate of A.A.S. degree should meet with their campus Early Childhood advisor as soon as possible to discuss their program of studies and specific course approval. Those working towards either the Certificate or A.A.S. may use the Early Childhood required courses by any of the UAF campus sites to meet graduation requirements listed below.

Undergraduate Degree Requirements

Early Childhood -- A.A.S. Degree

1. Complete the following general university and A.A.S. requirements:
ENGL 111X (3 credits)
ENGL 211X or 213X (3 credits)
COMM 131X or 141X (3 credits)
Math at the 100 level or above (3 credits)
Natural science (approved by advisor) (3 credits)
Humanities (approved by advisor) (3 credits)
PSY 101 -- Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)
SOC 242 -- The Family, Cross Cultural Perspective (3 credits)
EC 245 -- Child Development (3 credits)
2. Complete the following major degree requirements:
EC 100 -- Introduction to Early Childhood (3 credits)
EC 110 -- Nutrition, Health and Safety (3 credits)
or EC 111 -- Nutrition for Young Children (1)
and EC 112 -- Healthy Environment for Young Children (1)
and EC 113 -- Safe Environment for Young Children (1)
EC 120 -- Curriculum and Activities for Young Children (4 credits)
or EC 121 -- Physical Activities for Young Children (1)
and EC 122 -- Cognitive Activities for Young Children (1)
and EC 123 -- Communicative Activities (1)
and EC 124 -- Creative Activities for Young Children (1)
EC 130 -- Culture, Learning and the Young Child (2 credits)
or EC 131 -- Developing Positive Self-Concepts in Young Children (1) and EC 132 -- Positive Home-Center Relationship (1)
EC 140 -- Classroom Management and Guidance (3 credits)
or EC 141 -- Guidance and Discipline (1)
and EC 142 -- Social Development of the Young Child (1)
and EC 143 -- Learning Environments (1)
*EC 170 -- Practicum I (1-3 credits) (3 credits)
or EC 171 -- Program Management (1)
and EC 172 -- Professionalism (1)
and *EC 170 -- Practicum I (1)
EC 220 -- Infant and Toddler Care (2 credits)
EC 230 -- Introduction to the Exceptional Child (3 credits)
or EC 240 -- Mainstreaming (3)
or EC 231 -- Screening (1)
and EC 232 -- Assessment Recording (1)
and EC 233 -- Mainstreaming Young Children w/Special Needs (1)
EC 270 -- Practicum II (3 credits)
3. Complete general electives approved by advisor (7)
Degree Total (60 credits)
*Students holding a Child Development Associate Credential (CDA) may enroll in EC 170 -- Practicum I for 1 credit. All other students must enroll in EC 170 -- Practicum 1 for 3 credits.

Early Childhood -- Certificate

1. Complete the following required courses Credits
ENGL 111X -- Methods of Written Communication (3 credits)
PSY 101 -- Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)
EC 245 -- Child Development (3 credits)
EC 100 -- Introduction to Early Childhood (3 credits)
EC 110 -- Nutrition, Health and Safety (3 credits)
or EC 111 -- Nutrition for Young Children (1)
and EC 112 -- Healthy Learning Environment for Young Children (1)
and EC 113 -- Safe Environment for Young Children (1)
EC 120 -- Curriculum and Activities for Young Children (4 credits)
or EC 121 -- Physical Activities for Young Children (1)
and EC 122 -- Cognitive Activities for Young Children (1)
and EC 123 -- Communicative Activities (1)
and EC 124 -- Creative Activities for Young Children (1)
EC 130 -- Culture, Learning and the Young Child (2 credits)
or EC 131 -- Dev Positive Self-Concepts in Young Children (1)
and EC 132 -- Positive Home-Center Relationship (1)
EC 140 -- Classroom Management and Guidance (3 credits)
or EC 141 -- Guidance and Discipline (1)
and EC 142 -- Social Development of the Young Child (1)
and EC 143 -- Learning Environment (1)
EC 170 -- Practicum I (1-3 credits) (3 credits)
or EC 171 -- Program Management (1)
and EC 172 -- Professionalism (1)
and *EC 170 -- Practicum I (1)
2. Electives as approved by advisor. (Computer skills course recommended.) (3)
Certificate Total (30 credits)
3. Student must demonstrate a level of competence in math equivalent to DEVM 050. Requirement may be satisfied by math placement exam score above DEVM 050 level or by earning a grade of "B" or above in DEVM 050 class.
*Students holding a Child Development Associate Credential (CDA) may enroll in EC 170 -- Practicum I for 1 credit. All other students must enroll in EC 170 -- Practicum 1 for 3 credits.

MINOR in Early Childhood:

A minor in Early Childhood requires 18 credits in Early Childhood.


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