Early Childhood Education
69 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!
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.
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
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.
Learn by doing.
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 Ladder-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.
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.
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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*
Early Childhood Education
69 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.