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E-CHiLD

Associate Degree

69 Credits | 2 Years

Associate Degree | Financial Aid-Eligible

Online 

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. 

Program Overview

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. 

Program Outcomes

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
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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. 

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Academics

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 Ladder-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. 

Career Pathways

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. 


Curriculum

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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Featured E-CHiLD Courses

10307179
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UGRD
| 3 CR
The 3-credit course examines child development within the context of the early childhood education setting. Course competencies include: analyze social, cultural, and economic influences on child development; summarize child development theories; analyze development of children age three through age eight; summarize the methods and designs of child development research; analyze the role of heredity and the environment; examine the role of brain development in early learning (ages 3-8).
10307178
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UGRD
| 3 CR
This 3-credit course will focus on beginning level curriculum development in the specific content areas of art, music, and language arts. Course competencies include: integrate strategies that support diversity and anti-bias perspectives; examine the critical role of play; establish a developmentally appropriate environment for art, music, and language arts; develop activity plans that promote child development and learning; analyze caregiving routines as curriculum; create developmentally appropriate language, literature, and literacy activities; create developmentally appropriate art activities; create developmentally appropriate music and movement activities.
10307188
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UGRD
| 3 CR
This 3-credit course examines positive strategies to guide children's behavior in the early childhood education setting. Course competencies include: integrate strategies that support diversity and anti-bias perspectives; summarize early childhood guidance principles; analyze factors that affect the behavior of children; practice positive guidance strategies; develop guidance strategies to meet individual needs; create a guidance philosophy.

E-CHiLD is Part of a Career Pathway

As an E-CHiLD student at WITC, you can earn credentials each step of the way! 

You could take this first and get a credential.

Professional Credential for Preschool Teachers

Technical Certificate
18 Credits / 3 Semesters Part Time
Potential Careers
Child Care Centers, Family Child Care Homes, Preschool or Nursery Schools, Head Start Programs, PreKindergarten, Early Intervention Programs
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E-Connect-Child Care Services

Technical Diploma
27 Credits / 1 Year / 2 Semesters Full Time; Part Time Option Available
Potential Careers
Child Care Teacher, Child Care Assistant Teacher, Family Child Care Provider, Infant or Toddler Caregiver, In-home Nanny, Early Childhood Special Needs Assistant, Program Director / Administrator, Public School Teacher Aide / Assistant, Head Start Teacher
Average Starting Wage
$21,102-$32,500 annually
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E-CHiLD-Early Childhood Education

Associate Degree
69 Credits / 2 Years Full Time; Part Time Option Available
Potential Careers
Child Care Teacher, Child Care Assistant Teacher, Family Child Care Provider, Infant or Toddler Caregiver, In-home Nanny, Early Childhood Special Needs Assistant, Program Director / Administrator, Public School Teacher Aide / Assistant, Head Start Teacher
Average Starting Wage
$17,289-$34,317 annually
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Early Childhood Education & E-CHiLD Bachelor's Degree

Ashford University | Cardinal Stritch University | Lakeland University | Northland College | UW-Barron County | UW-Green Bay | UW-La Crosse | UW-Oshkosh | UW-Milwaukee | UW-River Falls | UW-Stevens Point | UW-Stout | UW-Superior | UW-Whitewater
Potential Careers
Licensed Pre-K Teacher (4K), Kindergarten Teacher, Elementary School Teacher
Average Starting Wage
$39,354–$41,780 annually

Admissions and Tuition

WITC has a simple three-step admissions process that can be completed in one visit. Fill out the application form either online or at a campus, complete an assessment and meet with a WITC counselor. In the meeting, you'll discuss your goals and the counselor will make sure you're getting the most out of your education and the best bang for your buck.

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

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. 

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Estimated Total Program Costs*

E-CHiLD

69 Credits | 2 Years

$10,540

$10,540 In Tuition and Fees


*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. 

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Transfer Options

Transfer your WITC credits to a four-year college in Wisconsin to obtain your bachelor's degree and beyond. 

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Career Outlooks

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