Upon successful completion of the Associate of Arts degree, graduates will be able to:
- Demonstrate and apply knowledge of early childhood developmental theories and Indigenous Ways of Knowing.
- Observe, document and assess young children by utilizing systematic observations, documentation and other effective assessment strategies in an early childhood development environment.
- Engage as self-reflective members of the Early Childhood profession and use ethical guidelines and other professional standards related to early childhood practice.
- Apply scientific method; including observation, hypothesis formulation and testing, and evidence evaluation.
- Clearly and logically communicate in writing and speaking and demonstrate effective listening and reading skills
- Retrieve information using technology and traditional library methods. Evaluate the validity of research sources, analyze primary and secondary resources and organize a research essay and/or oral presentation demonstrating the appropriate research and documentation process.
- Demonstrate an understanding of and apply Indigenous knowledge systems and Iñupiaq world view through history, language, performing and/or fine arts traditions as they relate to early childhood education.
- Integrate and practice Iñupiaq knowledge, culture, and values in the classroom and other interpersonal settings.
- Examine, understand and use multiple effective and culturally relevant teaching strategies to positively influence young children’s development and learning.