60 Credits | 2 Years
Associate Degree | Financial Aid-Eligible
Career Cluster: Education & Training
Early childhood educators work with young children during the pivotal years that build the foundation for future success. They use play, science, art, language, math and music to help young children of all abilities and backgrounds develop physically, cognitively, socially and emotionally. If you have a passion for education and creativity, and you enjoy working with young children, consider a fun and rewarding career in early childhood education.
E-CHiLD is an innovative Early Childhood Education associate degree program that blends online learning with community-based student teaching and prepares you to work as a teacher or caregiver in an early childhood setting. As a student, you’ll take a variety of courses related to early childhood development, curriculum, behavior guidance and working with families to prepare you for success in this high-demand field. You will engage in a variety of online teaching and learning experiences, including virtual live face-to-face classroom sessions one evening per week, with optional open teaching labs and technical support available.
E-CHiLD graduates will be able 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
E-CHiLD is the online version of the Early Childhood Education associate degree program. E-CHiLD is designed to build meaningful relationships, maximize educational technology and promote timely program completion.
Learn by doing.
University Transfer Opportunities.
Graduates will become responsible for the care and education of children from birth to school-age. You will learn to create and maintain safe and healthy play environments, guide behavior, plan and implement learning activities, and work cooperatively with staff and parents.
All required program coursework is part of the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) statewide curriculum, which aligns with Wisconsin’s YoungStar requirements and allows for numerous seamless transfer opportunities between area technical colleges and baccalaureate degree-granting colleges and universities. Graduates of this program will be recognized as Wisconsin Registry Career Level 12.
Students of this program are eligible for the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood WISCONSIN scholarship. T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® WISCONSIN provides higher education scholarships to professionals who work in regulated early childhood and school age care settings seeking approved credit-based education, such as the Early Childhood Education associate degree.
As an E-CHiLD student at WITC, you can earn credentials each step of the way! Graduates of this program will also earn a Child Care Services Technical Diploma and have the option to complete the Wisconsin Professional Credential for Preschool Teachers.
100% Employment Rate
According to WITC’s 2015-16 Graduate Survey Responses, 100 percent of the early childhood education graduates were employed within six months of graduating. Typical careers available for graduates include childcare teacher, public school or Head Start teacher assistant, program director and more.
Experienced Instructors, Small Class Sizes
You’ll learn from knowledgeable and passionate instructors who care about your success and will ensure that you get the most out of your education. Small class sizes allow you to connect and interact with your instructors and classmates in fun and meaningful ways, virtually and beyond. Technology support and academic advising opportunities are readily available and accessible.
Coursework focuses on developmentally appropriate practice and brain-based learning and promotes play, science, art, language, math and music to help young children of all abilities and backgrounds develop physically, cognitively, socially and emotionally. You will learn how to create and maintain safe and healthy play environments, guide behavior, plan and implement learning activities, and work cooperatively with staff and parents.
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Admissions and Tuition
WITC has a simple admission process that can be completed in one visit. To start the process, simply fill out an application form along with a $30 application fee. After you’ve successfully submitted your application, your next step is to schedule an admissions meeting with a WITC counselor to discuss your goals and expectations. That’s it!
Tuition and Fees
WITC breaks down the cost of education, so you'll have a good idea of how much your education will cost.
Financial aid is available to help you pay for your education. It can come in the form of grants, loans, federal work study, military and veterans benefits, division of vocational rehabilitation benefits and scholarships.
Estimated Total Program Costs*
60 Credits | 2 Years
$2,913 for books (including tax)
*Tuition is an estimate and does not include any miscellaneous fees for various courses, tools, books, supplies or uniforms. Program book costs are in addition to tuition and fees and vary depending on course selection and where the books are purchased or rented.
After the WITC E-CHiLD Program
Upon completion of the program, you will obtain a Professional Credential for Preschool Teachers (Wisconsin), an E-Connect Child Care Services technical diploma and an Early Childhood Education associate degree.