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

$10,610
Tuition: $10211 , Books: $399

Starting Salary

$22,360–$45,760
Average, based on the NTC Graduate Outcomes Report

Financial Aid

Available

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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
100%
at Wittenberg
100%
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. In addition to our full-time option, we offer eight- and nine-term part-time options.

4 terms (Full-time)

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
COLLEGE 101 1.00
WRITTEN COMMUNICATION 3.00
ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 3.00

Second Term

ECE: EARLY LANGUAGE & LITERACY 3.00
ECE: PRESCHOOL PRACTICUM 3.00
ECE: CHILD DEVELOPMENT 3.00
ECE: GUIDING CHILD BEHAVIOR 3.00
COLLEGE MATHEMATICS 3.00

Third Term

ECE: SOC S, ART & MUSIC 3.00
ECE: INTERMEDIATE PRACTICUM 3.00
ECE: CHILDREN W/DIFF ABILITIES 3.00
ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION 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
ELECTIVE 2.00
PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN RELATIONS 3.00
INTRO TO PSYCHOLOGY 3.00

8 terms (Part-time)

Year 1

Fall
ECE: FOUNDATIONS OF ECE 3.00
ECE: INFANT & TODDLER DEV 3.00
ECE: HLTH SAFETY & NUTRITION 3.00
COLLEGE 101 1.00
Winterim
WRITTEN COMMUNICATION 3.00
ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 3.00
Spring
ECE: INTRODUCTORY PRACTICUM 3.00
ECE: CHILD DEVELOPMENT 3.00
COLLEGE MATHEMATICS 3.00

Year 2

Fall
ECE: EARLY LANGUAGE & LITERACY 3.00
ECE: GUIDING CHILD BEHAVIOR 3.00
ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION 3.00
Spring
ECE: SOC S, ART & MUSIC 3.00
ECE: INTERMEDIATE PRACTICUM 3.00
ECE: CHILDREN W/DIFF ABILITIES 3.00

Year 3

Summer
ECE: PRESCHOOL PRACTICUM 3.00
INTRODUCTION TO DIVERSITY STUDIES 3.00
Fall
ECE: STEM 3.00
ECE: FAMILY & COMMUNITY REL 3.00
ELECTIVE 2.00
Spring
ECE: ADVANCED PRACTICUM 3.00
INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY 3.00
PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN RELATIONS 3.00
INTRO TO PSYCHOLOGY 3.00

9 terms (Part-time)

Year 1

Fall
ECE: FOUNDATIONS OF ECE 3.00
ECE: INFANT & TODDLER DEV 3.00
ECE: HLTH SAFETY & NUTRITION 3.00
COLLEGE 101 1.00
Winterim
COLLEGE MATHEMATICS 3.00
Spring
ECE: INTRODUCTORY PRACTICUM 3.00
WRITTEN COMMUNICATION 3.00
ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 3.00

Year 2

Fall
ECE: CHILD DEVELOPMENT 3.00
ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION 3.00
INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY 3.00
Spring
ECE: EARLY LANGUAGE & LITERACY 3.00
ECE: GUIDING CHILD BEHAVIOR 3.00
ELECTIVE 2.00

Year 3

Fall
ECE: SOC S, ART & MUSIC 3.00
ECE: INTERMEDIATE PRACTICUM 3.00
ECE: CHILDREN W/DIFF ABILITIES 3.00
Spring
ECE: PRESCHOOL PRACTICUM 3.00

Year 4

Fall
ECE: STEM 3.00
INTRODUCTION TO DIVERSITY STUDIES 3.00
Spring
ECE: FAMILY & COMMUNITY REL 3.00
ECE: ADVANCED PRACTICUM 3.00
PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN RELATIONS 3.00
INTRO TO PSYCHOLOGY 3.00

* College 101 (10-890-165) is not part of the program credit requirements but is a College Requirement for graduation that must be passed with a “C” or better. This requirement is effective for students beginning the program in Spring 2021 and beyond.

Credit for Prior Learning Available

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Pathways

Pathways are a series of connected programs that enable you to advance over time to better jobs and higher levels of education and training. By earning one degree, you could also be completing several courses of a related program in a pathway, bringing you one step closer to an advanced degree.

If you begin with one of the following programs, you will earn significant credit towards this Early Childhood Education Associate Degree:

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.

School Name Degree Name
Colorado State University - Global Business Management
Colorado State University - Global Human Services
Colorado State University - Global Information Technology
Colorado State University - Global Project Management
Concordia University Early Childhood Education
Lakeland University Accounting
Lakeland University Business Administration
Lakeland University Communication
Lakeland University Computer Science
Lakeland University Criminal Justice
Lakeland University Food Safety and Quality
Lakeland University Hospitality Management
Lakeland University Management Information System
Lakeland University Marketing
Lakeland University Organizational Management
Lakeland University Psychology
Milwaukee School of Engineering Bachelor of Business Administration in Technical Sales
Northern Michigan University BS in Applied Workplace Leadership
Northland College Elementary/Middle Education
Purdue University Global BS in Business Administration
Purdue University Global BS in Health Care Administration
Purdue University Global BS in Professional Studies
Rasmussen College Accelerated Business Management
Rasmussen College Accelerated Business Systems Analysis
Rasmussen College Accelerated Criminal Justice - Leadership and Management
Rasmussen College Accelerated Early Childhood Education Leadership
Rasmussen College Accelerated Finance
Rasmussen College Accelerated Healthcare Management
Rasmussen College Accelerated Human Resources and Organizational Leadership
Rasmussen College Accelerated Human Services
Rasmussen College Accelerated Marketing-Digital Marketing
Rasmussen College Accelerated Supply Chain and Logistics Management
Rasmussen College Early Childhood Education Leadership
University of Arizona Global Campus Early Childhood Education
UW Green Bay B.A.S Organizational Leadership
UW Milwaukee Early Childhood Education
UW Oshkosh B.S. in Human Services Leadership
UW Oshkosh BAS in Organizational Studies
UW Oshkosh Dual EC-MC Regular Education with EC Special Education
UW Oshkosh Elementary Education EC-MC
UW Parkside Early Childhood Education
UW River Falls Early Childhood Transition
UW River Falls Elementary Education / Early Childhood ED
UW Stevens Point Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership
UW Stevens Point Early Childhood Education
UW Stout BS in Career, Technical Education and Training
UW Stout BS in Management
UW Stout Early Childhood Education
UW Stout Human Development & Family Studies
UW Superior B.S. in Elementary Ed with Early Childhood
UW Whitewater Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences
UW Whitewater Early Child Care and Education
UW Whitewater Early Childhood Education
Viterbo University BS in Elementary Education

Additional Information

Licensure/Certification Information

NTC's Early Childhood Education Associate Degree is designed to meet the State of Wisconsin's licensing criteria. However, NTC has not made a determination whether this program meets licensure requirements in states other than Wisconsin. Students who may be seeking professional licensure or certification in states other than Wisconsin should contact the appropriate licensing board in that state to verify that the NTC program meets licensure or certification requirements.

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