Program Description

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: Students complete four practicum placements, each 108 hours. Students and faculty will work closely to develop a plan to ensure students have experience with infants/toddlers, preschool age children, children with differing abilities, and pre-K through 3rd grade students. Potential occupations include: Preschool, Early Childhood Education, Day Care Center Teacher, Child Care Director, Child Care Program Supervisor and Elementary Public School Teacher Aide.

Approximate Cost

$14,957
Tuition: $10514 , Books: $4443

Starting Salary

$21,436
Average, based on the annual Graduate Outcomes Report

Financial Aid

Available

Students Enjoy…

Availability

Courses for this program may be available at a variety of campus locations through multiple modes of delivery if you meet the admission requirements and prerequisites.

100%
at Wausau
100%
at Antigo
100%
at Medford
100%
at Phillips
100%
at Spencer
40-50 %
at Wittenberg
70-80 %
at Online

* Campus and online availability of courses and programs may be subject to change.

Outcomes

Graduates will be able to…

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

Careers

Some of the potential careers graduates can pursue are:

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

Courses

The Early Childhood Education Associate Degree is a 62 Credit program. The following is a typical semester breakdown of the courses within the program.

First Term

ECE: FOUNDATIONS OF ECE 3.00
ECE: INFANT & TODDLER DEV 3.00
ECE: HLTH SAFETY & NUTRITION 3.00
ECE: INTRODUCTORY PRACTICUM 3.00
WRITTEN COMMUNICATION 3.00
ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 3.00

Second Term

ECE: EARLY LANGUAGE & LITERACY 3.00
ECE: INTERMEDIATE PRACTICUM 3.00
ECE: CHILD DEVELOPMENT 3.00
ECE: GUIDING CHILD BEHAVIOR 3.00
ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION 3.00

Third Term

ECE: SOC S, ART & MUSIC 3.00
ECE: PRESCHOOL PRACTICUM 3.00
ECE: CHILDREN W/DIFF ABILITIES 3.00
COLLEGE MATHEMATICS 3.00
INTRODUCTION TO DIVERSITY STUDIES 3.00

Fourth Term

ECE: STEM 3.00
ECE: FAMILY & COMMUNITY REL 3.00
ECE: ADVANCED PRACTICUM 3.00
INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY 3.00
INTRO TO PSYCHOLOGY 3.00
ELECTIVE 2.00

Credit for Prior Learning Available

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Transfer Information

The following transfer guides executed in partnership with post-secondary institutions are based on articulation agreements and are a guide to provide an easy way to understand how credits transfer.

Admissions Process

Our application process takes just a few minutes to complete, but we want to make sure you have the things you’ll need on hand to complete the application. We’re here to help if you have any questions while submitting your application.

Before you apply, you should know

This program requires a criminal background check. Acceptance to Northcentral Technical College will not be denied based on a criminal background, however, a check may be required for placement at clinical sites or field experiences.

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