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Early Childhood Development

Early childhood education focuses on children's cognitive and social development and designing activities that help grow their skills.


If your dream is to work with very young children, an associate’s degree in early childhood development could help you pursue your goal. You will gain the basic knowledge and skills to work with infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarten-age children (up to age 8); focusing on development, nutrition, health, and caring for kids with special needs.

The early childhood development AAS program is developed to meet the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s guidelines for personnel preparation, and it prepares students for employment in daycare and preschool settings. Those who go on to earn the early childhood development BA are eligible to apply for a teaching certificate that allows them to teach pre-kindergarten through third grade.

KPC campuses offer courses which lead to the completion of the UAA associate of applied science degree. This degree is also available entirely online.





Adam Dunstan
Adam Dunstan
(907) 262-0345

Academic Advisors

Soldotna and Greater Peninsula

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Emily Knight
Director of Academic Advising
(907) 262-0373
UAA - Kenai Peninsula Campus
Enid S. McLane Building (EMB) 279

Homer and Surrounding Area

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Nancy Johnson
Student Services Manager and Senior Academic Advisor
(907) 235-1655
UAA - Kenai Peninsula Campus
Pioneer Hall (KBPH) 110


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