Early Childhood Education Career Outlook

Percent Employed




WITC Early Childhood Education Graduate Survey Responses 2015-2016

Employed in Related Field


Employed in a Related Field


WITC Early Childhood Education Graduate Survey Responses 2015-2016

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$17,289 - $34,317

Range of Yearly Salary





Typical positions available after graduation include:

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Family Childcare Provider

Family childcare providers care for children in the providers’ own homes during traditional working hours. They need to ensure that their homes and all staff they employ meet the regulations for family childcare providers. They perform tasks related to running their business, such as writing contracts that set rates of pay, when payment can be expected and the number of hours children can be in care. Furthermore, they establish policies including those regarding whether sick children can be in their care, who can pick children up, and how behavioral issues will be dealt with. Family childcare providers may spend some of their time marketing their services to prospective families.

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In-Home Nanny

Nannies work in the homes of the children they care for and the parents that employ them. Most often, they work full time for one family. They may be responsible for driving children to school, appointments or after-school activities. Some live in the homes of the families that employ them.

Additional opportunities include:

  • Child Care Teacher

  • Child Care Assistant Teacher

  • Infant or Toddler Caregiver

  • Early Childhood Special Needs Assistant

  • Program Director/Administrator

  • Public School Teacher Aide/Assistant

  • Head Start Teacher/Assistant

Transfer Opportunities

After you complete your Early Childhood Education associate degree at WITC, you can transfer to another college to continue your education and earn your bachelor's degree and beyond. 

Articulation Agreements

The Early Childhood Education/E-CHiLD program at WITC has articulation agreements with 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+. 

The colleges listed above have developed an associate degree to bachelor degree Articulation Agreement with WITC (those with a + have an agreement related to the Early Childhood Education Program and/or similar programs such as Elementary Education and Human Development & Family Studies); other colleges may accept WITC credits upon a transcript review.

Potential careers available with further education include:

  • Licensed Pre-K Teacher (4K)
  • Kindergarten Teacher
  • Elementary School Teacher

Potential Starting Wages:

  • $39,354–$41,780

Hear From Graduates

"I wouldn’t be the person I am today without WITC. At WITC, I got lead teacher experiences and actually planned curriculum. I know I’m pursuing the right career. Those hands-on experiences helped me realize I have a 'fire in my belly' for early childhood education.”

Stephanie Perry, WITC Early Childhood Education Graduate

The potential starting wage range is compiled from 2016 WITC or WTCS Graduate Follow-Up Report. If not available, wage data is compiled from Economic Modeling Software Intl (10th and 25th percentile earnings) and/or Wisconsin Worknet (Wage Comparison Tool) using the Standard Occupation Code(s) (SOC) the WTCS has assigned to the programs. When possible, the wage range is compiled using data from the 11 counties within the WITC district. Starting wage ranges for new programs are reviewed by the advisory team. Wage data was compiled August 2017. 


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