Early Childhood Education 63 Credit Associate Degree
The Early Childhood Education Associate Degree program prepares learners to work as teacher-caregivers in early education. It combines hands-on fieldwork in area centers with related academic work at the college. Graduates become responsible for the care and education of children in the birth-to-eight-years range. They create and maintain safe and healthy play environments, guide behavior, plan and implement learning activities, and work cooperatively with staff and parents.
Learners 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 learners complete four practicum placements at an approved childcare agency or education setting. Learners and faculty will work closely to develop a plan to ensure learners have experience with infants/toddlers, preschool age children, children with differing abilities and pre-K through 3rd grade students.
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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.
* Campus and online availability of courses and programs may be subject to change.
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
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
The Early Childhood Education Associate Degree is a 63 Credit program. In addition to our full-time option, we offer eight- and nine-term part-time options.
4 terms (Full-time)
8 terms (Part-time)
9 terms (Part-time)
* 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.
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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:
- The Early Childhood Teacher Technical Diploma will provide you with 49% (31 of 63 credits) of the total credits in this Early Childhood Education Associate Degree
- The Early Childhood Licensing Basic Ages 0-2 Certificate will provide you with 14% (9 of 63 credits) of the total credits in this Early Childhood Education Associate Degree
- The Early Childhood Education - The Registry Preschool Certificate will provide you with 29% (18 of 63 credits) of the total credits in this Early Childhood Education Associate Degree
You can continue your education to earn a four-year degree in a variety of ways.
The following transfer guides, executed in partnership with post-secondary institutions, are based on agreements that allow you to continue your program at another college.
|School Name||Degree Name|
|Concordia University||Early Childhood Education|
|Northland College||Elementary/Middle Education|
|Rasmussen College||Early Childhood Education Leadership|
|University of Arizona Global Campus||Early Childhood Education|
|UW Milwaukee||Early Childhood Education|
|UW Oshkosh||B.S. in Human Services Leadership|
|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||Early Childhood Education|
|UW Stout||Early Childhood Education|
|UW Stout||Human Development & Family Studies|
|UW Superior||B.S. in Elementary Ed with Early Childhood|
|UW Whitewater||Early Child Care and Education|
|UW Whitewater||Early Childhood Education|
|Viterbo University||BS in Elementary Education|
All associate degrees transfer to a variety of programs at other partner colleges to give you the opportunity to continue your education in other areas of study.View all transfer guides
Cost of Attendance
2023-2024 Estimated Academic Year Budgeted Cost of Attendance
The estimated Cost of Attendance (COA) is a budget that includes categories of expenses that a student can expect to incur while attending college. The COA does not reflect actual charges. It is an average based on the estimated living costs typical of our region. In determining the cost of attendance, Northcentral Technical College uses the budget established by the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) Financial Aid Budget Work Group. This budget is used to determine financial need for all students who apply for financial aid. A student's cost of attendance is composed of all educational expenses that can be included for financial aid purposes that a student may accrue while pursuing their education for the year (or semester, if enrolled less than a year). A student's financial aid cannot exceed their cost of attendance. Schools are required to provide a fuller picture of what it may cost students to pursue their degree, not just what they will owe in tuition/fees and books/supplies.
|Expenses||Student Living With Parents (Home)||Student Living on Own (Other)|
|Full-time Tuition (based on a total of 30 credits, 15 credits fall and 15 credits spring)||
|Living Expenses (Housing & Food)||$4,052||$9,614|
|Books / Supplies||$2,061||$2,061|
|Total Estimated Cost Of Attendance||
* Tuition listed is based on approved rates for the 2022-2023 academic year with a projected base increase of 1.65%. Rates are approved each March by the Wisconsin Technical College System Board and estimated budgets are updated at that time.
Students with dependent care, computer or study abroad expenses should contact the Financial Aid Office to document allowable expenses which may serve to increase their COA.
Students awarded Federal Direct Loan(s) also have an average of the mandatory loan fees automatically added to their COA.
Students with disability-related expenses may contact the Financial Aid Office to have their additional expenses considered. Disability-related expenses include but are not limited to: personal assistance, equipment, and supplies. The Financial Aid Office may potentially include disability expenses in the COA that are not provided by other assisting agencies.
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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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