Uqautchim Uglua

American Indian College Fund, Wakanyeja “Sacred Little Ones” Early Childhood Education Initiative.

Program Outcomes

Degree program student Danielle Simmonds reads an
Iñupiaq book to our students in the immersion nest.

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.