Is This Program for You?
If you are patient, creative, dependable, and have good communication skills, stimulating the physical, emotional, intellectual, and social growth of young children may be the rewarding career you are looking for.
Students entering the Early Childhood Education program should:
- Have a warm and pleasant personality.
- Like working with children and adults.
- Be self-directed and organized.
- Have good management skills.
- Associate degree, requiring a minimum of two years to complete.
- Day classes.
- High school articulation and college transfer courses accepted.
- Financial aid available.
- Classes start in August.
- Advanced standing for early childhood experience may be granted.
Note: Students must provide their own transportation to and from a supervised participation site.
At the completion of the program, students are expected to be able to:
- Apply child development theory to practice.
- Observe, record, and assess child growth and development.
- Implement developmentally appropriate curriculum.
- Incorporate developmentally appropriate guidance strategies.
- Integrate health, safety, and nutrition practices according to local, state, and national standards.
- Provide a respectful, diverse, and inclusive program.
- Use interpersonal skills to develop respectful relationships with children and adults.
- Demonstrate professional and ethical standards.
- Advocate for children, families, and the profession.
Technical Skill Attainment (TSA)
This TSA scoring guide
will be used to document your attainment of technical program outcomes for the Early Childhood Education Degree.
To meet the requirements on the scoring guide, you will be asked to draw upon the skills and concepts that have been developed
throughout the program and are necessary for successful employment in your field. Results will be used to inspire continual
improvement of teaching and learning in Wisconsin Technical College System. In addition, this assessment will provide feedback to
you about your performance.
Employment in the childcare industry will grow well into the future. Potential jobs may include:
- Owner/Operator of family or group childcare centers.
- Director/Manager of family or group childcare centers.
- Preschool Teacher in a preschool setting licensed by the department of health and family services.
- Child Care Teacher in a licensed center.
- Exceptional Needs Aide in special education programs.
- In-Home Provider/Nanny.
- May transfer completed ECE associate degree to some universities.
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Credit for Prior Learning
Experience Pays! You've Been There... You've Done That... Let's See If You Can Get Credit For It!
Credit for prior learning gives you opportunities to earn credit for college-level knowledge that you have already acquired. This may be the result of work or volunteer experiences, certifications, apprenticeships, military training, extensive self-instruction, or professional development. Credit for Prior Learning affords you the opportunity to accelerate the completion of your educational goals.
For more information or to request Credit for Prior Learning see our Credit for Prior Learning page.
Early Childhood Education Courses that may have Credit for Prior Learning options: