Early Childhood Education

60-credit Associate of Applied Science Degree

Program Code 10-307-1

Learning that happens in early childhood settings provides children with a strong educational foundation. In this program, gain an understanding of the principles of early childhood education and learn to facilitate young children’s learning and development through class work and practical experience. Explore child development, child behavior, developmentally appropriate practices and strategies for working with parents.

How Long It Will Take

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

Start Date

You can begin the traditional track in the fall or spring semester. You can begin the Blended Options track only in the fall 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

  • This program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), which is the gold standard in national accrediting bodies for early care and education facilities.
  • Strengthen classroom concepts through hands-on practice in our nationally-accredited Child Development Center and Early Learning Lab.
  • Involvement in the Education Club enhances your learning while developing leadership and service skills.
  • This program is offered in a Blended Options (as well as traditional) format to allow early childhood professionals working in the industry to maximize their professional experience and accelerate their completion of the program.
  • Traditional track students can take advantage of academic support for reading and writing embedded in their classes.

Courses You'll Take

For the courses you’ll take, semester sequence, pathways and course descriptions, view the program catalog page. Please note, a physical examination and caregiver background check is required prior to a field placement internship course.

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 2021 Start (Traditional and Blended track)

  • Submit application by August 2, 2021
  • Complete checklist items by August 9, 2021

Spring 2021 Start (Traditional track only)

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

Summer 2021 Start

  • This program cannot be started in summer.

* 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. Learn more about tuition and fees.

Additional Costs:

  • Fingerprint/background check (required every five years): $39
  • Caregiver background check (required annually): $10
  • Program iPad (Blended Options track only): $399 - must be purchased through WCTC’s Bookstore
  • Health examination including TB skin test: cost varies

Career Salaries

$22,000 – $30,000 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 infants and children from birth through 8 years, and their parents, a career in early childhood education may be right for you.

  • Early Childhood Educator
  • Preschool Teacher
  • Early Childhood Education Assistant
  • Child Care Teacher

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.

College Program Name Credit Awards
Carroll UniversityBS Teacher Education with Certification Optionsup to 64
Purdue GlobalBS Early Childhood Administrationcredits vary, 20% tuition discount
UW-LaCrosseBS Education (Early Childhood - Middle Childhood Education)up to 47
UW-MilwaukeeBS Education w/ Early Childhood Education Certup to 48
UW-OshkoshBS Education, Special Education with Licensure in EC and ECSEup to 72
UW-ParksideBS Early Childhood Education (PK-3)up to 69
UW-River FallsBS Early Childhood Education (PK-3)full program
UW-Stevens PointBS Early Childhood Educationup to 72
UW-StoutBS Human Development & Family Studiesup to 54
UW-StoutBS Early Childhood Educationup to 44
UW-StoutBS Family and Consumer Science Educationup to 43
UW-SuperiorBS Elementary Educationup to 66
UW-WhitewaterBS Early Childhood Education (PK-3)up to 79
College Program Name Credit Awards
Colorado State University-Global CampusAny Bachelors Degreeup to 64, 10% tuition discount
Franklin UniversityAny Bachelors DegreeJunior Standing
Grand Canyon UniversityAny Bachelors10% tuition discount
Lakeland UniversityAny Bachelors DegreeJunior Standing
Mount Mary UniversityBachelor DegreeJunior Standing
MSOEBachelor of Business AdminJunior Standing
Ottawa UniversityBachelor of Arts or Sciencesup to 80, and 35%+ tuition discount for WCTC grads
UW-Green BayOrganizational Leadership - Bachelor of Applied StudiesBlock of 60 credits
UW-OshkoshBS Leadership and Organizational Studiescredits vary, 100% online
UW-StoutBS Management (100% online)up to 60
UW-StoutBS Career, Technical Education & Training (100% online)up to 60
Wisconsin Lutheran CollegeBachelor of Science in Business Management & Leadership50-70

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.


Other Educational Opportunities

Our certificates are a short-term educational option for growing your workplace skills and workforce marketability. Explore the following certificates.

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