Early Childhood Education

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Early Childhood Education

Associate Degree

60 Credits | 2 Years

Associate Degree | Financial Aid-Eligible

New Richmond, Rice Lake, Superior

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

The Early Childhood Education program will prepare you to work as a teacher or caregiver in an early childhood setting. You will have the opportunity to combine hands-on learning and student teaching experiences in community-based early childhood settings with related academic work at the college. As a student, you’ll take a variety of courses related to early childhood development, curriculum, behavior guidance and working with families that will prepare you for success in this high-demand field.  

Program Outcomes

Early Childhood Education 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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In this program, you'll apply what you learn in the classroom to real-world practicum experiences within community-based child care settings. Readily access teaching and learning materials, equipment, and resources within open lab environments.

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Flexible scheduling. 

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Learn by doing. 

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University transfer opportunities. 


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 by The Registry, Wisconsin’s recognition system for the childhood care and education profession, as Wisconsin Registry Career Level 12. 

As a student of this program, you 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. 

100% Employment for Grads

The demand for early childhood professionals continues to increase as parents look for providers who can guide their child’s development. According to WITC’s 2015-16 Graduate Survey Responses, 100 percent of the early childhood education graduates were employed within six months of graduating.

Career Pathways

As an Early Childhood Education 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.

Experienced Instructors, Small Class Sizes

You’ll learn from knowledgeable and passionate instructors who care about your success. Small class sizes allow you to connect and interact with your instructors and classmates in fun and meaningful ways. 


Courses address the essential theoretical and practical instruction to develop skills in early childhood education procedures and professionalism. 

Explore the Curriculum

Featured Early Childhood Education Courses

| 3 CR
This 3-credit course will focus on beginning level curriculum development in the specific integrated content areas of social studies, art, music, & movement (SSAMM).
| 3 CR
The 3-credit course examines child development within the context of the early childhood education setting. Course competencies include: integrate strategies that support diversity, cultural responsiveness, and anti-bias perspectives; analyze social, cultural, and economic influences on child development; summarize child development theories; analyze development of children ages three through five; analyze development of children ages five through eight; relate child development research findings to teaching practice; analyze the role of heredity and the environment; examine the role of brain development in early learning (ages 3-8); examine developmental and environmental assessment strategies for children ages 3-8.
| 3 CR
This 3-credit course will focus on beginning level curriculum development in the specific integrated content areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Early Childhood Education is Part of a Career Pathway

As an Early Childhood Education student at WITC, you can earn credentials each step of the way! 

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Download the (2019-20) Career Pathway Map

You could take this first and get a credential.

Technical Certificate
18 credits / Part-time options available
Potential Careers
Child Care Centers, Family Child Care Homes, Preschool or Nursery Schools, Head Start Programs, PreKindergarten, Early Intervention Programs
Range of Yearly Salary
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Technical Diploma
27 Credits / 1 Year / 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
Range of Yearly Salary
$15,924-$36,000 annually
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Associate Degree
60 Credits / 2 Years
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 / Assis
Range of Yearly Salary
$15,000-$35,357 annually
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Continue your education to obtain your bachelor's degree.

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

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*

Early Childhood Education

60 Credits | 2 Years


$3,023 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 Early Childhood Education Program

Upon completion of the program, you will obtain a Preschool Credential for Preschool Teachers (Wisconsin), a technical diploma in E-Connect - Child Care Services and an associate degree in Early Childhood Education. 

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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

WITC's graduates experience success. Learn more about the types of careers you can get after graduation.

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Rice Lake Admissions Contact

Sara Eckstein

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800.243.9482 ext. 5220


Ashland Admissions Contact

Jennifer Bednarik

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800.243.9482 ext. 3195


New Richmond Admissions Contact

Jodi Saliny

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800.243.9482 ext. 4339


Superior Admissions Contact

Cindy Miller

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 6243


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