Early Childhood Education

69-credit Associate of Applied Science Degree

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Spending time with young children and nurturing their love of learning is the reward for those who work in early childhood education settings. In the Early Childhood Education program, gain an understanding of the principles of early childhood education and learn to facilitate young children’s learning and development through a combination of class work and practical experience in the field. Learn child development, child behavior, developmentally appropriate practices and strategies for working with parents. Apply concepts learned in the program to internship experiences in childcare and educational settings.

  • Prepare for jobs such as child care teachers, teacher assistants, before-after school teachers, program directors or infant/toddler teachers.
  • Program-to-program transfer opportunities are available at Lakeland College and the University of Wisconsin—Whitewater. A majority of Wisconsin universities including UW-Oshkosh and UW-Milwaukee also accept specific transfer credits. Select program credits may transfer to other institutions. (For a complete list of transfer credits, see the “credit transfer” section.)
  • Training at the on-campus WCTC Child Development Center, which serves as a lab school, allows program students to strengthen classroom concepts.
  • Participation in the Education Club helps program students promote the importance of early childhood education within the college and community.
  • A physical examination and criminal background check are required prior to a field placement internship course.
  • Wages of recent graduates per Graduate Follow-up Report
    • Salary Range: $21,000-$23,000
    • Average Salary: $22,114
    • Median Salary: $21,823
    • Average Entry-Level Salary: $22,213
    • Average Hourly Wage: $10.38
    • Three-year Average Salary: $22,362

Required Courses

Types of Program Delivery

Traditional

In the traditional option, Early Childhood classes are scheduled during the day or evening and are usually taken on campus in a face-to-face classroom setting. Many students who opt for the traditional college option are those who recently completed high school and those who are available during daytime hours, or those who are able to come to campus several days a week for classes.

Blended Options

In the Blended Options format, programs are organized into short, manageable segments (e.g. one class meeting each week for six or eight weeks) that meets during evening hours. This format is designed primarily for working adults with some college experience, or for those who have been employed in the early childhood industry for years, but do not have their degree. The Blended Options program is a hybrid program, meaning that students spend roughly 50 percent of their time in the classroom and 50 percent of their time in an online classroom environment.

Traditional Option

Blended Options

First Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 307-148 ECE: Foundations of ECE3  
 307-151 ECE: Infant & Toddler Dev3  
 307-167 ECE: Hlth Safety & Nutrition3  
 307-174 ECE: Practicum 13  
 307-178 ECE: Art Music & Lang Arts3  
 801-136 English Composition 13+ 
 
Total Semester Credits
18
  
Second Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 307-166 ECE: Curriculum Planning3  
 307-179 ECE: Child Development3  
 307-188 ECE: Guiding Child Behavior3  
 307-192 ECE: Practicum 23  
 307-195 ECE: Family & Community Rel3  
 809-198 Intro to Psychology3+ 
 
Total Semester Credits
18
  
Third Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 307-187 ECE: Children w Diff Abilities3  
 307-194 ECE: Math Science & Soc St3  
 307-197 ECE: Practicum 33  
 801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Comm3+ 
 809-195 Economics3+ 
 
Total Semester Credits
15
  
Fourth Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 307-198 ECE: Admin an ECE Program3  
 307-199 ECE: Practicum 43  
 804-123 Math w Business Apps3+ 
 809-172 Intro to Diversity Studies3  
 809-196 Intro to Sociology3+ 
 Elective 3  
 
Total Semester Credits
18
  
+ (Proficiency Exam Available)
* (Prerequisites or substitutes may apply to this class.)

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Credit Transfer Opportunities

WCTC has agreements with local high schools and various four-year colleges and universities that enable students to transition more seamlessly from high school to WCTC to four-year colleges. Transcripted credit agreements provide high school students the opportunity to take WCTC courses at their high schools. Agreements with four-year colleges enable WCTC graduates in selected programs to transfer credits, often at junior-level standing. Agreements currently in place for this program are listed below.

High School Transfer Opportunities

WCTC Course

WCTC Credits Awarded

307-148 ECE: Foundations of ECE 3
307-174 ECE: Practicum 1 2

Four Year College Transfer Opportunities

College

Program Name

Credits Awarded

Bellevue UniversityBachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Scienceup to 69
Cardinal StritchBachelor of Science in Early Childhood Educationup to 48
Concordia UniversityBaccalaureate Degreeup to 80
Franklin UniversityBachelor of Science (various)Junior Standing
Lakeland CollegeBachelor of Arts in Childhood Education (PK-6)60
Northland CollegeBachelor of Science in Elementary Educationup to 65
Ottawa UniversityBachelor of Artsup to 80
Silver Lake CollegeBachelor of Science (various)minimum of 60
U of PhoenixBachelor of Science (various)varies
Upper Iowa UniversityBachelor of Scienceup to 78
UW-Green BayBachelor of Applied Studies OnlineJunior Status
UW-LaCrosseBachelor of Science in Education (Early Childhood - Middle Childhood Education)47
UW-MilwaukeeBachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education (PK-3)36
UW-MilwaukeeBachelor of Science in Community Education (Child Care)47
UW-OshkoshBachelor of Science in Elementary Education40
UW-OshkoshCollege of Education and Human Services Professional Education Program Bachelor of Science Education (BSE) Baccalaureate Degree Licensure in Early Childhood to Middle Childhood (EC-MC) or Dual Licensure in Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education (PreK-Grade 3 and Special Education Birth-Age 8)41
UW-OshkoshBachelor of Applied Studies in Leadership & Organizational Studies62
UW-River FallsBachelor of Science Elementary Education/Early Childhood Minor53
UW-Stevens PointBachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education41
UW-StoutBachelor of Science in Human Development & Family Studiesup to 68
UW-StoutBachelor of Science in Managementup to 68
UW-StoutBachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education36
UW-StoutB. S. Career, Technical Education & Trainingup to 60
UW-WhitewaterBachelor of Science in Early Childhood Educationup to 72
UW-Whitewater College of Education and Professional StudiesB.S.E. in Early Childhood Educationup to 39

UW-System Credit Transfer

If you are interested in attending a UW-campus, you should contact a transfer representative at the campus you plan to attend. You may also check credit transfer agreements between WCTC and the UW System to tell you which specific courses and general education classes may be accepted.

Important Cautionary Note:
This information is intended as a general description. Please verify the availability and details of the program that interests you with the transfer coordinator at the receiving institution.

Meet your Instructor

Program instructor, Karrie Aleshire

Karrie Aleshire

Phone: 262.691.5428

Education

  • BS - Elementary Education, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
  • MA - Education/Teacher Leadership, Silver Lake College

Teaching Philosophy

"There is no more noble profession than teaching. A great teacher is a great artist, but his medium is not canvas, but the human soul." Author Unknown

Program instructor, Steve Girman

Steve Girman

Phone: 262.695.3414

Education

  • BA -- Communication Arts, University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • MS -- Curriculum and Instruction - University of Wisconsin -Milwaukee

Teaching Philosophy

"We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today." S. Tauscher

Program instructor, Kara Hoffmann

Kara Hoffmann

Phone: 262.695.3414

Education

  • BS, Education, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
  • MS, Special Education University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Teaching Philosophy

"I believe students learn best when they are active, engaged and motivated to learn."