Grade level 11-12. Second semester may be taken with a grade of “B” or better to advance. Course work in Child Development and/or Psychology is recommended. Municipal licensing requires all students to complete: paperwork for a criminal background check; and documented health history.
In addition, all students disciplinary records are also reviewed for possible infractions that would exclude them from working with young children. Professional dress and attire is required on preschool days including wearing our uniform polo shirt and no visible tattoos or facial piercings.
The Early Childhood Education (ECE) Program provides students an opportunity to work and learn about young children. Students work in a municipal-licensed preschool that follows NAEYC Accreditation Standards. They are supervised by two early childhood instructors. Students are also required to complete an application for the job of working with young children and provide three references. Students learn child development and classroom skills in supervising and teaching young children ages 3-5 years. The first semester curriculum includes: health and safety, guidance and parenting. Students enrolled in the second semester will focus on curriculum development in a quality early childhood classroom. Second semester students plan and facilitate activity lessons in all the curriculum areas from math to art.
Credits and Certifications
.5 Social Studies elective
Municipal Food Handlers' Card
Pediatric first aid/CPR (certification during spring semester only)
Tech prep available
Tatiana Nochevnaya - Instructor
Ms. Nochevnaya holds a Type A Teaching Certificate in Secondary Education and in Russian Language. She spent 5 years at Child Development Center as mentor teacher, education director, and executive director; and administered 21st Century After-School program at Northwood Elementary. She has student-taught at West High school; and taught English as a Second Language at Service High. She has taught Russian to young adults at UAA and volunteered to teach Russian to parents of Russian immersion students at Turnagain Elementary.
She is originally from Magadan, Russia, and participates in many multicultural activities and volunteers for some annual events in the community.
Michele Whaley - Instructor
Ms. Whaley has been a teacher with ASD since 1985, teaching Russian, English, PE and Social Studies at several high schools before finding her niche at KCC. She has a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from UAA, and a bachelor’s degree in Slavic Languages and Literature from the University of Washington. Her awards include BP Teacher of Excellence, and teacher of the year from the Northwest Council on Foreign Languages, Alaskans for Language Acquisition and the Alaska World Affairs Council.
Ms. Whaley’s personal interests include skiing, hiking, rowing and music. She is a longtime Alaskan, born in Bethel and attended middle and high school in Anchorage.