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Early Childhood Education

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

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The Early Childhood Education program prepares students to work as teachers-caregivers in early childhood settings. It combines hands-on fieldwork in area centers with related academic work at the college. Graduates become responsible for the care and education of children in the birth-to-eight-years age range. They create and maintain safe and healthy play environments, guide behavior, plan and implement learning activities, and work cooperatively with staff and parents. Graduates of this program will be recognized as Wisconsin Registry Career Ladder-Career Level 12.

Special Features

Earn an Early Childhood Education degree in two years or less through online, daytime or evening classes.

General Studies courses are offered in a variety of delivery methods, including in-person, online, ITV (Interactive Television).

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 Early Childhood Education 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 Early Childhood Education 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. In-class contact time is also required as part of the practicum experience.

Program Outcomes

Employers will expect Early Childhood Education 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 $9,934 (does not include books). This program is eligible for financial aid. View more information on program and costs.