10-307-1 Associate Degree (two-year)
Campus: Ashland, New Richmond, Rice Lake, Superior
Joy. Respect. Learning.
E-CHiLD is an innovative Early Childhood Education associate degree program
that blends online learning with community-based student teaching. Students will
engage in a variety of online teaching and learning experiences, including
virtual "live" face-to-face classroom sessions one evening per week. Customized
learning kits, optional open teaching labs and technical support are available
to enhance learning. E-CHiLD is designed to fit into busy life schedules with
less demand on time and budget.
E-CHiLD is based on a cohort model - a select group of learners who start together and move together through the program, following a prescribed course sequence and plan.
E-CHiLD is designed to build meaningful relationships, maximize educational technology and promote timely program completion. Eligible students will have completed
five Early Childhood Education program technical studies (core) courses or less.
Earn an Early Childhood Education Associate degree online.
- Engage in a variety of online teaching and learning experiences
- Interact face to face in a virtual classroom setting with instructor and
peers, one evening per week
- Optional open teaching labs
- Customized learning kits
- Technical Support available
- Community-based student teaching
Agreements between the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) and the following baccalaureate degree-granting institutions allow graduates to transfer credits to:
- Cardinal Stritch University
- Lakeland College
- UW-La Crosse
- UW-River Falls
- UW-Stevens Point
Contact the receiving institution for specific details.
Career Pathway Options
Career Pathways connect progressive levels of coursework to
allow students to build upon their education. Each step in the pathway connects
with employment options and provides the opportunity for advancement to higher
levels. The E-CHiLD program includes the following pathway option:
Students in this program must:
Students in this program must:
- Complete and sign Background Information Disclosure Form (BID)
- Submit Background Check fee
- Have an acceptable Wisconsin Caregiver Background Check or Minnesota
Caregiver Background Check, as applicable
- Information from the Caregiver Background Check may affect ability to secure fieldwork placement and the ability to find employment after graduation
- Complete Staff Health Report - Child Care Provider form (physical form)
There are four practicum experiences required in the E-CHiLD program. Practicum 1 requires a minimum of 64 hours of off-campus field experience, and Practicum 2, 3, and 4 require a minimum of 128 hours of off-campus field experience.
Class contact time is also required as part of the practicum experience.
Dependable. Caring. Observant.
Students should strive to reach a comfort level in the following courses or skills:
- Applied Math
- Family and Consumer Education
- English/Foreign Language
- Health/Food Choices
Students in the E-CHiLD program should:
- Enjoy and respect children
- Exhibit a caring attitude
- Be flexible
- Use good judgment
- Be dependable
- Communicate effectively
- Be able to lift 50 pounds
- Be able to accept constructive feedback
Employers will expect E-CHiLD graduates to:
- Apply child development theory to practice
- Cultivate relationships with children, family, and the community
- Assess child growth and development
- Use best practices in teaching and learning
- Demonstrate professionalism
- Integrate health, safety, and nutrition practices
WITC offers a wide array of credit-based early childhood education courses, credentials, and degree options that align with the Youngstar requirements.
The estimated total program cost for the two-year Early Childhood Education program is approximately $9,250. This program is eligible for financial aid. View more information on program and costs.