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10-307-1 Associate Degree (two-year)
Campus: Ashland, New Richmond, Rice Lake, Superior
Financial Aid Eligible

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. Graduates of this program will be recognized as Wisconsin Registry Career Ladder-Career Level 12.

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.

Special Features

Earn an Early Childhood Education Associate degree online.

Agreements between the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) and the following baccalaureate degree-granting institutions allow graduates to transfer credits to:

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 options:

Admission Requirements

Students in this program must:

Program-Specific Requirements

Students in this program must:

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.

Program Outcomes

Employers will expect E-CHiLD graduates to:


WITC offers a wide array of credit-based early childhood education courses, credentials, and degree options that align with the Youngstar requirements.

Program Costs

The estimated total program cost for the two-year Early Childhood Education program is $10,607 (does not include books). This program is eligible for financial aid. View more information on program and costs.