Early Childhood Education Preschool (Registry Credential)

18-credit Technical Diploma

Program Code 30-307-7

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 Long It Will Take

Depending on course load, full-time students could complete this program in two semesters.

Start Date

You can begin this program in the fall or spring semester.

How This Program Is Offered

The traditional track is offered on campus in a classroom/lab setting.

The Blended Options track is offered in an accelerated format. The Blended Options courses are organized into manageable eight-week segments that meet during evening hours and online.

What Makes This Program Unique

  • Program students can obtain the Preschool Credential from The Registry at Career Level 10. The Registry promotes professional growth and verifies the education, training and experience vital to quality care for the Wisconsin childhood care and education workforce.
  • Credits earned in this program can be applied directly to the Early Childhood Education associate degree.
  • Eligible high school students can pursue this diploma through the Dual Enrollment Academy

Courses You'll Take

For the courses you’ll take, semester sequence, pathways and course descriptions, view the program catalog page.

Credit for Prior Learning

You may have the opportunity to obtain credit for the college-level skills and knowledge you've already acquired. Learn more about credit for prior learning.

How To Apply

Still have questions? Visit the Admissions page or contact the Office of Admissions | 262.691.5200.

Deadlines To Know*

Fall 2020 Start

  • Submit application by August 3, 2020
  • Complete checklist items by August 10, 2020

Spring 2021 Start

  • Submit application by January 5, 2021
  • Complete checklist items by January 11, 2021

* Application deadlines are subject to change based on program demand.

Financial Aid Eligibility

As a program student, you are eligible to receive:

  • Financial aid loans
  • Scholarships
  • Other forms of assistance

Learn more about financial aid.


The cost of your degree depends on a number of factors, including where you live, how your program is delivered, how long it takes to finish your program and the financial aid you receive. Learn more about tuition and fees.

Additional Costs:

  • Fingerprint/background check (required every five years): $39
  • Caregiver background check (required annually): $10

Career Salaries

$20,000 – $25,000 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.

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

Transfer Options

Whether you're a high school student interested in earning college credits or a college student interested in transferring to a four-year university after graduation, our dual-enrollment and transfer-credit agreements will help you take the next step in your education and career.

High School Dual Credits

Dual enrollment offers high school juniors and seniors an opportunity to get a head start in high-demand fields through earning college credits. Learn about the credit options.

Transfer Opportunities After WCTC

WCTC has credit transfer agreements with many four-year institutions that allow our degree graduates to transfer credits into a baccalaureate program, often at junior-level standing.

There are no credit transfer agreements for this program at this time. For more information, contact your academic advisor.

There are no credit transfer agreements for this program at this time. For more information, contact your academic advisor.

Transfer Tips

  • Contact the school to which you'd like to transfer to make sure you understand its transfer policy.
  • Talk to your WCTC program advisor about your intent to transfer so he/she can help you plan.
  • If you're transferring within the University of Wisconsin (UW) System, contact your desired institution about its transfer policy and visit the UW System's transfer resource page.


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Program Instructors

Steve Girman, MS | 262.691.5105
Kara Hoffman, MS | 262.695.3414
Tiffanie Kloida, MS | 262.691.5121
Jennifer Koel, PhD | 262.691.5104