Early Childhood Education

Earn your associate degree in early childhood education at UAF and learn meaningful approaches for working with young children and their families. Ranked among the Best Online Associate in Early Childhood Education Degree Programs in the nation,* this nationally accredited degree emphasizes development of the whole child (prenatal through age 8) and includes award-winning faculty members. You can complete your degree entirely online, or combine with on-site work depending on your preferences. We also offer transfer credit for your Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ or completed military modules.

*TheBestSchools.org, July 2020

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Earn your Early Childhood Education Degree Online

Example projects in the early childhood education online degree program

Early childhood education classes at UAF include a variety of hands-on experiences with teaching and developing curriculum:

  • In our Thinking, Reasoning and Discovery course, you’ll choose a topic of interest to young children and then develop activities and materials to teach concepts of physical and life science, math and logic, and performing and visual arts. This will help you to think creatively about how children will best learn the key points in the unit and practice the activities together.
  • In the Nutrition and Physical Wellness course, you’ll engage in a variety of activities to help children stay physically fit and gain skills in physical activities such as handling balls or gymnastics. The course also looks in depth at nutrition, helping children learn the right foods to eat and how important it is to stay hydrated.

Experience online education at the University of Alaska Fairbanks

Our online programs are designed to give you flexibility while creating a learning experience in which you feel connected and supported. Web classes include a variety of online links, videos, virtual field trips and individual activities. One of our classes uses an e-book developed by faculty, in which assignments are completed through videos and submitted within the text. Many of our students attend part-time while they're working or raising a family. Like all of our online programs, the associate in early childhood education is offered at in-state tuition for students everywhere.

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Cost breakdown for the online associate degree in early childhood education

The estimated cost for the early childhood program based on current rates is $18,390.

See what your dollars go toward on the UAF eCampus Tuition and Fees page.

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What Can You Do With an Early Childhood Education Degree?

This degree is designed to prepare early childhood educators to work effectively with children and families in a variety of settings.





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