E-Connect - Child Care Services
27 Credits | 1 Years
Career Pathways | 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-Connect-Child care Services is an innovative Early Childhood Education one-year technical diploma that incorporates the first year of the Early Childhood Education associate degree with Wisconsin Professional Preschool Credential coursework. Choose from online or face-to-face courses, or mix and match. This coursework, combined with community-based student teaching, 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.
E-Connect - Child Care Services graduates will be able to:
- Relate knowledge of child development to practice
- Create relationships with children, family and the community
- Apply observation, documentation and assessment strategies
- Implement developmentally appropriate teaching and learning activities
- Demonstrate professionalism
- Follow health, safety and nutrition practices
This program meets “Year One” technical studies coursework required to obtain the Early Childhood Education associate degree and allows for seamless opportunities for degree completion. It also meets the requirements for the Wisconsin Professional Credential for Preschool Teachers when combined with the ECE: Preschool Credential capstone course and commission process.
Learn by doing.
As a graduate, you 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. Graduates of this program will be recognized as Wisconsin Registry Career Ladder-Career Level 11.
Students of this program will be 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.
Online & Face-to-Face Courses
Program courses are designed to accommodate a variety of life schedules and individual learning styles and are available online and face-to-face at the Ashland, New Richmond, Rice Lake and Superior campus locations. Feel free to mix and match!
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, whether virtually or in person.
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.
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*
E-Connect - Child Care Services
27 Credits | 1 Year
$1,064 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-Connect - Child Care Services Program
Upon completion of the program, you will obtain a Professional Credential for Preschool Teachers (Wisconsin) technical certificate and a E-Connect - Child Care Services technical diploma.
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