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
Who Is the Early Childhood Education Degree Designed For?
The associate degree in early childhood education is designed for students enrolling in college for the first time, or those who are educated in other subject areas but want training for this field. Some courses are very beneficial for parents as well. Graduates will be prepared to help young children develop their intellectual, social, emotional and physical abilities, and provide support for families. There are also a variety of other degree options available for students who want to continue to a bachelor’s degree.
This degree is also available to complete 100% online, providing extra flexibility for those juggling work, education and other responsibilities.
Why Earn Your Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education at UAF?
- Engage in a practical curriculum that emphasizes application of skills over testing and includes more early childhood education credits and fewer general education requirements than most other programs of its kind.
- Benefit from best practices demonstrated at our on-campus Early Childhood Lab School whether you study remotely or on-site.
- Learn from award-winning faculty and access the most recent research in the field.
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Working full-time and being busy with my family doesn’t leave much time for me to attend classes face-to-face. The online courses fit perfectly into my schedule and I have been very successful. My professors and advising team have been absolutely amazing. The quality of the curriculum and faculty has far exceeded my expectations.Jamie Kuhn, Teacher at thrivALASKA Head Start
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.
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, recipient of UAF’s Joel Wiegert Award, which recognizes an outstanding associate degree candidate.
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