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.

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4 terms (Full-time)

8 terms (Part-time)

9 terms (Part-time)

ECE: FOUNDATIONS OF ECE (10307148)

3.00

This 3-credit course introduces the early childhood profession through a historical overview of the field. The course will explore program trends, quality indicators, and developmentally appropriate practices for children birth to 8 years of age.

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ECE: INFANT & TODDLER DEV (10307151)

3.00

This 3-credit course explores infant and toddler development as it applies to an early childhood education setting. This course focuses on children's development from conception through thirty-six months (3 years). This course includes training for Wisconsin Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care certification.

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ECE: FIELD EXPERIENCE 1 (10307160)

3.00

This 3-credit introductory field experience course, introduces the foundations of early childhood education under guided supervision of a mentor teacher in an early childhood setting, working with children birth through age 8. This course meets the requirements for the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards 18-hour training.

Pre/Corequisites: 10-307-167 ECE: HEALTH, SAFETY AND NUTRITION and 10-307-148 FOUNDATIONS OF ECE. Condition: Must be enrolled in the Early Childhood Education AD program or the Early Childhood Teacher TD.

ECE: HLTH SAFETY & NUTRITION (10307167)

3.00

This 3-credit course examines the topics of health, safety, and nutrition within the context of the early childhood educational setting for children from birth through 8 years of age. This course includes training for Abusive Head Trauma, SIDS, and Mandated Reporter certifications.

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COLLEGE 101 (10890165)

1.00

Examines proven strategies designed to help learners achieve greater personal, academic, and professional success. Learners will apply personal responsibility thinking and behaviors; self- management, awareness, and motivation strategies; as well as interdependence skills to develop a proactive life plan.

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WRITTEN COMMUNICATION (10801195)

3.00

Develops writing skills which include prewriting, drafting, revising and editing. A variety of writing assignments are designed to help the learner analyze audience and purpose, research and organize ideas and format and design documents based on subject matter and content. Also develops critical reading and thinking skills through the analysis of a variety of written documents.

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National Exams Accepted:
  • CLEP® College Composition
  • AP English Language & Composition

ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 (10801136)

3.00

Learners develop and apply skills in all aspects of the writing process. Through a variety of learning activities and written documents, learners employ rhetorical strategies, plan, organize and revise content, apply critical reading strategies, locate and evaluate information, integrate and document sources, and apply standardized English language conventions.

NTC Assessments Offered:
National Exams Accepted:
  • CLEP® College Composition
  • AP English Language & Composition

ECE: EARLY LANGUAGE & LITERACY (10307108)

3.00

This 3-credit course explores strategies to encourage the development of early language and literacy knowledge and skill building in children birth to 8 years of age.

Prerequisite: 10-307-167 ECE: HEALTH, SAFETY AND NUTRITION, 10-307-148 FOUNDATIONS OF ECE, 10-307-160 FIELD EXPERIENCE 1, OR ENROLLED IN THE EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION-THE REGISTRY PRESCHOOL CERTIFICATE.

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ECE: FIELD EXPERIENCE 2 (10307170)

3.00

This 3-credit intermediate field experience course includes assisting the mentor teacher in carrying out classroom routines and implementing developmentally appropriate learning experiences that promote child development and learning through play for children birth to age 8.

Prerequisite:10-307-160 ECE: Field Experience 1. Condition: Must be enrolled in the Early Childhood Education AD, Early Childhood Teacher TD or Registry Preschool Certificate.

ECE: CHILD DEVELOPMENT (10307179)

3.00

This 3-credit course examines child development within the context of the early childhood education setting. This course focuses on children ages 3-8 years of age.

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ECE: GUIDING CHILD BEHAVIOR (10307188)

3.00

This 3-credit course examines positive strategies to guide children's behavior in the early childhood education setting for children from birth to 8 years of age. This course meets the requirements of the Wisconsin Pyramid Model training.

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COLLEGE MATHEMATICS (10804107)

3.00

This course is designed to review and develop fundamental concepts of mathematics pertinent to the areas of: 1) arithmetic and algebra; 2) geometry and trigonometry; and 3) probability and statistics. Special emphasis is placed on problem solving, critical thinking and logical reasoning, making connections and using calculators. Topics include performing arithmetic operations and simplifying algebraic expressions, solving linear equations and inequalities in one variable, solving proportions and incorporating percent applications, manipulating formulas, solving and graphing systems of linear equations and inequalities in two variables, finding areas and volumes of geometric figures, applying similar and congruent triangles, converting measurements within and between U.S. and metric systems, applying Pythagorean Theorem, solving right and oblique triangles, calculating probabilities, organizing data and interpreting charts, calculating central and spread measures and summarizing and analyzing data.

NTC Assessments Offered:
National Exams Accepted:
  • CLEP® College Mathematics

ECE: SOC S, ART, & MUSIC (10307110)

3.00

This 3-credit course will focus on beginning level curriculum development in the specific integrated content areas of social studies, art, music, & movement (SSAMM) for children from birth to 8 years of age.

Prerequisite: 10-307-167 ECE: HEALTH, SAFETY AND NUTRITION, 10-307-148 FOUNDATIONS OF ECE, 10-307-160 FIELD EXPERIENCE 1, OR ENROLLED IN THE EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION-THE REGISTRY PRESCHOOL CERTIFICATE.

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ECE: CHILDREN W/DIFF ABILITIES (10307187)

3.00

This 3-credit course focuses on the child with differing abilities in an inclusive early childhood education setting while examining strategies for cultivating partnerships with families and community supports for children from birth to 8 years of age.

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ECE: FIELD EXPERIENCE 3 (10307190)

3.00

This 3-credit advanced field experience course focuses on supporting young children's development birth to age 8 through observation, assessment, and implementation of developmentally appropriate teaching strategies.

Prerequisite: 10-307-170 ECE: Field Experience 2. Condition: Enrolled in the Early Childhood Education Associate Degree program.

ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION (10801196)

3.00

Focuses upon developing speaking, verbal and nonverbal communication and listening skills through individual presentations, group activities and other projects.

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CHILDREN'S LITERATURE (10801233)

3.00

Introduces learners to the forms, functions, and merits of children’s literature through the evaluation of both classic and contemporary texts. Learners will read works for a variety of age levels and undertake a variety of learning activities and projects to explore historical and cultural contexts for, and influences upon, children’s literature; gain an understanding of the various genres; and, develop an appreciation of the impact of art and illustration as storytelling tools.

INTRODUCTION TO DIVERSITY STUDIES (10809172)

3.00

This course introduces the study of diversity from a local to a global perspective using a holistic, interdisciplinary approach that encourages exploration and prepares students to work in a diverse environment. The course introduces basic diversity concepts, examines the impact of bias and power differentials among groups, explores the use of culturally responsive communication strategies, and compares forces that shape diversity in an international context.

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ECE: STEM (10307112)

3.00

This 3-credit course will focus on beginning level curriculum development in the specific integrated content areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in children birth to age 8.

Prerequisites: 10-307-167 ECE: HEALTH, SAFETY AND NUTRITION, 10-307-148 FOUNDATIONS OF ECE and 10-307-160 FIELD EXPERIENCE 1.

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ECE: FAMILY & COMMUNITY REL (10307195)

3.00

This 3-credit course will examine the role of relationships with family and community in early childhood education for children from birth to 8 years of age. In this course, students will complete the Strengthening Families Training.

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ECE: FIELD EXPERIENCE 4 (10307210)

3.00

This final 3-credit pre-professional field experience course focuses on demonstrating a comprehensive understanding of children birth to age 8, and families. An emphasis is on practicing the lead teacher role to design, implement and evaluate a connected unit of learning experiences.

Prerequisite: 10-307-190 ECE Field Experience 3.

INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY (10809196)

3.00

Introduces students to the basic concepts of sociology: culture, socialization, social stratification, multiculturalism and the five institutions, including family, government, economics, religion and education. Other topics include demography, deviance, technology, environment, social issues, social change, social organization and workplace issues.

NTC Assessments Offered:
National Exams Accepted:
  • CLEP® Introductory Sociology

PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN RELATIONS (10809199)

3.00

Explores the relationship between the general principles of psychology and our everyday lives. Students are given the opportunity to achieve a deepened sense of awareness of themselves and others. This understanding enables students to improve their relationships with others at work, in the family and in society.

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INTRO TO PSYCHOLOGY (10809198)

3.00

This introductory course in psychology is a survey of the multiple aspects of human behavior. It involves a survey of the theoretical foundations of human functioning in such areas as learning, motivation, emotions, personality, deviance and pathology, physiological factors and social influences. It directs the student to an insightful understanding of the complexities of human relationships in personal, social and vocational settings.

NTC Assessments Offered:
National Exams Accepted:
  • CLEP® Introductory Psychology
  • AP Psychology

Test-Out Option Term Definitions

Test

An exam that is scored by faculty or staff in NTC’s Testing Center.

Skill Demonstration

A performance of your expertise that is evaluated by faculty.

Combination: Test & Skill Demonstration

A combination of both a test and a skill demonstration.

Portfolio

A collection and explanation of your past learning through work or life experience.

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