Program Description

The Early Childhood Education Associate Degree program prepares students to work as early childhood educators. It combines hands-on fieldwork with related academic work. 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 experiences, and work cooperatively with staff and families.

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Approximate Program Cost

$10,210
Tuition: $9864 , Books: $346

Starting Salary

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

Financial Aid

Available
Total financial aid offered may not exceed the estimated Cost of Attendance (COA).

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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.

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at Antigo
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at Medford
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at Phillips
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at Spencer
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* 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 64 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: FIELD EXPERIENCE 1 3.00
ECE: HLTH SAFETY & NUTRITION 3.00
COLLEGE 101 1.00
WRITTEN COMMUNICATION 3.00
ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 3.00

Second Term

ECE: EARLY LANGUAGE & LITERACY 3.00
ECE: FIELD EXPERIENCE 2 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: CHILDREN W/DIFF ABILITIES 3.00
ECE: FIELD EXPERIENCE 3 3.00
ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION 3.00
CHILDREN'S LITERATURE 3.00
INTRODUCTION TO DIVERSITY STUDIES 3.00

Fourth Term

ECE: STEM 3.00
ECE: FAMILY & COMMUNITY REL 3.00
ECE: FIELD EXPERIENCE 4 3.00
INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY 3.00
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: FIELD EXPERIENCE 1 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: CHILDREN W/DIFF ABILITIES 3.00
ECE: FIELD EXPERIENCE 3 3.00

Year 3

Summer
ECE: FIELD EXPERIENCE 2 3.00
CHILDREN'S LITERATURE 3.00
INTRODUCTION TO DIVERSITY STUDIES 3.00
Fall
ECE: STEM 3.00
ECE: FAMILY & COMMUNITY REL 3.00
ELECTIVE 2.00
Spring
ECE: FIELD EXPERIENCE 4 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: FIELD EXPERIENCE 1 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: CHILDREN W/DIFF ABILITIES 3.00
ECE: FIELD EXPERIENCE 3 3.00
Spring
ECE: FIELD EXPERIENCE 2 3.00
CHILDREN'S LITERATURE 3.00

Year 4

Fall
ECE: STEM 3.00
INTRODUCTION TO DIVERSITY STUDIES 3.00
Spring
ECE: FAMILY & COMMUNITY REL 3.00
ECE: FIELD EXPERIENCE 4 3.00
PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN RELATIONS 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

You can continue your education to earn a four-year degree in a variety of ways.

Program Transfer

General Transfer

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.

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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.

Please Note: this COA budget estimate assumes full-time attendance for two semester Fall 2023 and Spring 2024.
ExpensesStudent 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)

In-State Tuition & Fees

$4,713*

Out-of-State Tuition & Fees

$6,900*

In-State Tuition & Fees

$4,713*

Out-of-State Tuition & Fees

$6,900*

Living Expenses (Housing & Food)$4,052$9,614
Books / Supplies$2,061$2,061
Transportation$2,007$2,007
Personal Expenses$2,245$2,245
Loan Fees$83$83
Total Estimated Cost Of Attendance

In-State

$15,161

Out-of-State

$17,348

In-State

$20,723

Out-of-State

$22,910

* Tuition listed is based on approved rates for the 2023-2024 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.

NTC also offers a Net Price Calculator to help estimate costs.

For more information regarding billed tuition and fees visit https://www.ntc.edu/admissions/tuition-fees

We’re happy to answer any questions you may have about how the financial aid process works. Please feel free to reach out for more information.

NTC Financial Aid Office

715.803.1647

financialaid@ntc.edu

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.

Admissions Process

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Before you apply, you should know

This program may require a Criminal Background Check and/or Health Record. Acceptance to Northcentral Technical College will not be denied based on a criminal background or health record, however, a check may be required for placement at clinical sites or field experiences.

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