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

$12,608
Tuition: $9643 , Books: $2965

Starting Salary

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

Financial Aid

Available

Available

100% Online
Beginning Fall 2019

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
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.

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
COLLEGE MATHEMATICS 3.00

Third Term

ECE: SOC S, ART & MUSIC 3.00
ECE: PRESCHOOL 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
INTRO TO PSYCHOLOGY 3.00
ELECTIVE 2.00

Year 1

Fall

ECE: FOUNDATIONS OF ECE 3.00
ECE: INFANT & TODDLER DEV 3.00
ECE: HLTH SAFETY & NUTRITION 3.00

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
INTRO TO PSYCHOLOGY 3.00

Year 1

Fall

ECE: FOUNDATIONS OF ECE 3.00
ECE: INFANT & TODDLER DEV 3.00
ECE: HLTH SAFETY & NUTRITION 3.00

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
INTRO TO PSYCHOLOGY 3.00

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
Ashford University B.A. in Early Childhood Education
Ashford University B.A. in Early Childhood Education Administration
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
Northern Michigan University BS in Applied Workplace Leadership
Northland College Elementary/Middle Education
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
UW Green Bay B.A.S Organizational Leadership
UW Milwaukee Early Childhood Education (ECE) (pre-K-3rd grade)
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 Applied Studies 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 Early Child Care and Education
UW Whitewater Early Childhood Education

Admissions Process

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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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