Early Childhood Education

Associate Degree

Early Childhood Education is an Associate of Applied Science Degree program that will prepare individuals to pursue a career in early childhood education. Students will analyze theoretical principles of early childhood education and apply these principles in a variety of settings such as child care centers, family day care, infant/toddler care, preschool, four-year old kindergarten or kindergarten and/or nanny care. In order to provide a variety of student teaching experiences, the following format is typically offered: Practicum 1 is a preschool placement, Practicum 2 is an infant and toddler placement, Practicum 3 is a children with differing abilities placement and Practicum 4 is a pre-K through grade 3 placement. Potential occupations include: Preschool, Early Childhood Education, Day Care Center Teacher, Child Care Director, Child Care Program Supervisor, Elementary Public School Teacher Aide.

program at a Glance

Early Childhood Education 69 Credit Associate Degree

Formats Offered

On-Campus Availability

  • Wausau Fully Available
  • Antigo Fully Available
  • Medford Fully Available
  • Phillips Fully Available
  • Spencer Fully Available
  • Wittenberg Fully Available

Approximate Cost

$12,783 (Tuition: $9821, Books: $2962)

Average Starting Salary

$19,809 Annually, based on the 2014 NTC Graduate Employment Report.

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program Outcomes

  • Apply child development theory to practice
  • Cultivate relationships with children, family and the community
  • Assess child growth and development
  • Use best practices in teaching and learning
  • Demonstrate professionalism
  • Integrate health, safety and nutrition practices

Potential Careers

  • Preschool Teacher
  • Early Childhood Education Teacher
  • Day Care Center Teacher
  • Child Care Director
  • Child Care Program Supervisor
  • Elementary Public School Teacher Aide

Course List

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Course List

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Transfer Opportunities

Credits earned at NTC may transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Visit www.ntc.edu/transfer for a complete listing of transfer opportunities for this program.

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