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1998-99 UAF Catalog

Degrees and Programs


Early Childhood

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Certificate; Degree: A.A.S.

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

This program prepares students for employment and improves the skills of those currently employed in early childhood and child care programs. Graduates pursue many opportunities with 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. This program 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 program in early childhood is for 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. Courses provide knowledge and skill training to assist students pursuing the field-based Child Development Associate Credential (CDA) nd/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 entering either the A.A.S. degree or certificate program should meet with a program advisor to discuss a program of studies and specific course approval. Students working toward either the certificate or degree may use the required early childhood courses offered by any of the UAF campus sites to meet graduation requirements.

Undergraduate Program

Major

Early Childhood -- Certificate

1. Complete the general university requirements.
2. Complete the certificate requirements.
3. Complete the following:

EC 100 -- Introduction to Early Childhood (3 credits)
EC 110 -- Nutrition, Health and Safety (3) 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) (3 credits)
EC 120 -- Curriculum and Activities for Young Children (4) 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) (4 credits)
EC 130 -- Culture, Learning and the Young Child (2) or
EC 131 -- Developing Positive Self-Concepts in Young Children (1)
and EC 132 -- Positive Home-Center Relationship (1) (2 credits)
EC 140 -- Classroom Management and Guidance (3) or
EC 141 -- Guidance and Discipline (1)
and EC 142 -- Social Development of the Young Child (1)
and EC 143 -- Learning Environment (1) (3 credits)
EC 170 -- Practicum I* (1-3) or
EC 171 -- Program Management (1)
and EC 172 -- Professionalism (1)
and EC 170 -- Practicum I* (1) (3 credits)
EC 245 -- Child Development (3 credits)
ENGL 111X -- Methods of Written Communication (3 credits)
PSY 101 -- Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)
Advisor-approved electives** (3 credits)
4. Complete math equivalent to DEVM 050.***
5. Minimum credits required (30 credits)
* Students holding a Child Development Associate Credential (CDA) may enroll in EC 170 -- Practicum I for 1 credit. Students without a CDA must enroll for 3 credits.

** Computer skills course recommended.

*** Student must demonstrate a level of competence in math equivalent to DEVM 050. This requirement may be satisfied by a math placement exam score above DEVM 050 level or by earning a grade of "B" or above in a DEVM 050 class.

Early Childhood -- A.A.S. Degree

1. Complete the general university requirements.
2. Complete the A.A.S. degree requirements. (As part of the A.A.S. degree requirements, complete a MATH course and an advisor-approved humanities course.)
3. Complete the following:

EC 245 -- Child Development* (3 credits)
PSY 101 -- Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)
SOC 242 -- The Family: A Cross-Cultural Perspective* (3 credits)
Advisor-approved natural sciences course (3 credits)
4. Complete the following program (major) requirements:*
EC 100 -- Introduction to Early Childhood (3 credits)
EC 110 -- Nutrition, Health and Safety (3) 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) (3 credits)
EC 120 -- Curriculum and Activities for Young Children (4) 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) (4 credits)
EC 130 -- Culture, Learning and the Young Child (2) or
EC 131 -- Developing Positive Self-Concepts in Young Children (1)
and EC 132 -- Positive Home-Center Relationship (1) (2 credits)
EC 140 -- Classroom Management and Guidance (3) or
EC 141 -- Guidance and Discipline (1)
and EC 142 -- Social Development of the Young Child (1)
and EC 143 -- Learning Environments (1) (3 credits)
EC 170 -- Practicum I** (1-3) or
EC 171 -- Program Management (1)
and EC 172 -- Professionalism (1)
and EC 170 -- Practicum I** (1) (3 credits)
EC 220 -- Infant and Toddler Care (2 credits)
EC 230 -- Introduction to the Exceptional Child (3) or
EC 240 -- Mainstreaming Exceptional Children (3) or
EC 231 -- Screening (1)
and EC 232 -- Assessment/Recording (1)
and EC 233 -- Mainstreaming Young Children
with Special Needs (1) (3 credits)
EC 270 -- Practicum II (3 credits)
5. Complete advisor-approved electives (7 credits)
6. Minimum credits required (60 credits)
* Student must earn a "C" grade or better in each course.

**Students holding a Child Development Associate Credential (CDA) may enroll in EC 170 -- Practicum I for 1 credit. Students without a CDA must enroll for 3 credits.

Minor

1. EC/ED 245 -- Child Development (3 credits)
2. Advisor-approved Early childhood electives* (15 credits)
3. Minimum credits required (18 credits)
* 3 credits must be upper-division level.


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