Program Description

The certificate in Early Childhood Education is helpful for those who want to formalize their early childhood education training. Often, students who choose this option have a degree in another field but need to show an employer the knowledge and skill specific to early care and education.

All courses in this certificate program apply to the Associate of Applied Science degree.

Ask about our partnerships that help military students, federal employees and those with a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential.

Courses (34 Credits)

Major Requirements

  • Writing Across Contexts
  • Math Skills for Early Childhood Educators
  • Introduction to Early Childhood Profession
  • Child Development I: Prenatal, Infants and Toddlers
  • Child Development II: The Preschool and Primary Years
  • Safe, Healthy Learning Environments
  • Responsive and Reflective Teaching OR Practicum I OR Practicum for CDAs
  • Curriculum I: Principles and Practices
  • Young Child and the Family
  • Positive Social and Emotional Development
  • Curriculum: Thinking, Reasoning and Discovery OR Infants and Toddlers
  • Foundations in Nutrition and Physical Wellness
Cost Breakdown
Tuition Fees Other Expenses
$234/credit $5/credit Technology Fee $40 Application Fee
$5/credit Libraries Fee $50 Graduation Fee
$6/credit Facilities Fee
$9/credit Network Fee
$25/credit eCampus Fee

Estimated Cost of Program Based on Current Rates: $9,746

For more about UAF costs, visit our Financial Aid website.
Careers in Which Our Graduates Excel

Most students continue on to complete the Associate of Applied Science degree and then pursue one of the following career paths:

  • Pre-School Teachers and Aides
  • K-3 Classroom Aides
  • Before- or After-School Child Care Providers
  • Education and Disabilities Coordinators
  • Family Advocates
  • Family Child Care Home Providers
  • Home Visitors
  • Parenting Educators
  • Program Director and Assistant Directors
  • Recreation Leaders
Admissions Requirements
No special admissions requirements. General guidelines for applying to UAF can be found here.

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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.
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