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Early Childhood Education Preschool

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Degree Type
24-credit Technical Diploma

Program Code

Time to Degree
Less than 1 year

Start Date
August / January / June

How You'll Learn

  • Online
  • Hybrid
  • 8-Week Courses
  • Daytime
  • Evening

Gain specialized training to work directly with preschool-aged children in a variety of early care and education settings. Learn to support the healthy growth, development and learning of children ages three to five years.

How To Apply

  • Apply online and pay the $30 application fee.
  • Submit a copy of one of the following to demonstrate your reading or writing and math skills:
    • High school GPA of 2.60 or above. Transcript must include completed coursework through the 11th grade.*
    • ACT, ACCUPLACER® or GED - 2014 Series (165 or higher).*
    • Prior college coursework may meet this requirement in whole or in part. Courses must be in the specific area(s), and you must have earned a grade of C or better (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) in the courses.*
    • If none of the above apply, sign up for the ACCUPLACER® placement test.

*Unofficial copies of these documents can be sent to

Questions on the application process? Visit the Admissions page or contact an enrollment counselor.

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Contact Us

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Potential Careers

Spending time with young children and nurturing their love of learning is the reward for those who work in early childhood education. If you are patient, compassionate and enjoy working with young children and their parents, a career in early childhood education may be right for you.

  • Preschool Teacher
  • Early Childhood Education Teacher
  • Early Care and Education Provider
  • 4K Assistant
High School Eligibility

This program is open to qualified high school applicants. Learn more >

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Career Salaries

$20,800 – $24,600 annually

Salary range estimates based on wages for related occupations in Waukesha County as reported by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI). Individual wages may vary based on experience, industry, location and specific job requirements.

Check the WCTC Graduate Success Report to view our graduates’ entry wages.

Financial Aid

As a program student, you are eligible to receive:

  • Financial aid loans
  • Scholarships
  • Other forms of assistance

Learn more about financial aid.

What Makes This Program Unique

  1. Program students can obtain the Preschool Credential from The Registry at Career Level 10. Pair this program with the Early Childhood Education associate degree to earn a Registry Career Level 13.
  2. Credits earned in this program can be applied directly to the Early Childhood Education associate degree.
  3. Eligible high school students can pursue this diploma through WCTC's Dual Enrollment Academy.

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The Registry promotes professional growth and verifies the education, training and experience vital to quality care for the Wisconsin childhood care and education workforce.

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