Child Development and Family Studies

College of Rural and Community Development
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B.A. Degree

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Minimum Requirements for Degree: 129 credits

This program provides the necessary preparation for early childhood educators who wish to advance their professional knowledge and career opportunities with specialized study in curriculum, administration or family support. A strong desire to work in an early care and education setting with children and their families is important.

Students who have completed the A.A.S. in early childhood education program will have completed the first part of the B.A. program, although completion of the A.A.S. degree is not a requirement for entry to this program. Students majoring in this program must work closely with their advisors and be willing to work collaboratively within their concentration to fulfill the practicum components of the course of study.

This program is available through flexible course delivery methods to early childhood educators living in both rural and urban Alaska. Graduates are highly competitive candidates for positions of greater responsibility and compensation in the early care and education profession in Alaska.

Major -- B.A. Degree

Concentrations: Administration, Curriculum and Teaching, Family Support

  1. Complete the general university requirements. (Seepage 131. As part of the core curriculum requirements, BIOL F104X and GEOS F120X or GEOG F111X are recommended. LING F303W, O is recommended to fulfill one of the writing and oral intensive course requirements.)
  2. Complete the B.A. degree requirements. (As part of the B.A. social science degree requirements, complete PSY F101. Complete ECE F245 or ECE F107. The following courses are also recommended for the humanities/social science requirements: ECE F350, SOC F350W, ASLG F101 and ANS F330. Remaining course requirements should be chosen in consultation with your advisor.)
  3. Complete the following program (major) requirements:*
    ECE F101--Overview of the Profession--3 credits
    ECE F118--Nutrition, Health and Safety (3)
         or ECE F111--Nutrition (1)
         and ECE F112--Healthy Learning Environments for Young Children (1)
         and ECE F113--Safe Environments for Young Children (1)--3 credits
    ECE F210--Child Guidance--3 credits
    ECE F220--Infant and Toddler Care (3)
         or ECE F104--Child Development I: Prenatal Infants and Toddlers (3)--3 credits
    ECE F235--Screening, Assessment and Recording--2 credits
    ECE F240--Inclusion of Children with Special Needs--3 credits
    ECE F270--Practicum II--3 credits
    ECE F3420--Family Relationships--3 credits
    ECE F445W--Adolescence through the Lifespan--3 credits
    ECE F470--Advanced Practicum--3 credits
  4. Complete one of the following specialized areas:*
    1. Complete the following 21 credits:
      ECE F340--Financial Management--3 credits
      ECE F341--Personnel Management--3 credits
      CIOS F150--Computer Business Applications--3 credits
      ENGL F212--Business, Grant and Report Writing--3 credits
      BA S301--Principles of Management (UAS) (3)
           or ABUS F301W--Leadership--3 credits
      BA S343--Principles of Marketing (UAS)--3 credits
      BA S490--Political and Social Environment of Business (UAS)--3 credits
      Note: This specialization is offered in collaboration with the University of Alaska Southeast. For course descriptions of UAS courses see current University of Alaska Southeast catalog. These courses are available by distance delivery.

    Curriculum and Teaching
    1. Complete the following 21 credits:
      ECE F140--Social Development--3 credits
      ECE F120A--Curriculum I (3)
           or ECE F127--Language and Creative Expression--3 credits
      ECE F310--Constructivist Curriculum--3 credits
      ECE F360--Assessment in Early Childhood--3 credits
      ECE F420W--Developing Literacy in the Early Years--3 credits
      ECE F430--Fine Arts in the Early Years--3 credits
      ECE F440--Exploring Math and Science in the Early Years--3 credits

    Family Support
    1. Complete the following 21 credits:
      ECE F132--Young Child and the Family--1 credit
      HUMS F265--Substance Abuse and the Family--2 credits
      ECE F242--Child and Family Ecology--3 credits
           or SOC F242--The Family: A Cross Cultural Perspective--3 credits
      SWK F350W--Women's Issues in Social Welfare and Social Work Practice--3 credits
      SWK F360--Child Abuse and Neglect--3 credits
      ANTH F407--Kinship and Social Organization--3 credits
           or RD F401--Cultural Knowledge of Native Elders--3 credits
           or RD F460--Women and Development--3 credits
      ECE F442--Family Resource Management--3 credits
  5. Minimum credits required--129 credits

* Student must earn a C grade or better in each course.