Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education

Degree Type

60-credit Associate of Applied Science Degree

Program Code

10-307-1

Time to Degree

2 years

Start Date

August / January

How You'll Learn

On Campus

Hybrid

Daytime

Evening

Traditional Track:

  • You can begin the traditional track in the fall or spring semester.
  • Courses are offered during the daytime, on campus or online.

Blended Options Track:

  • You can begin the blended options track only in the fall semester.
  • Courses are offered during the evening, on campus or online.

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.

Please note: A physical examination and caregiver background check is required prior to a field placement internship course.

Deadlines To Know*

Fall 2022 Start (Traditional and Blended track)

  • Submit application by August 1, 2022
  • Complete checklist items by August 8, 2022

Spring 2022 Start (Traditional track only)

  • Submit application by January 3, 2022
  • Complete checklist items by January 10, 2022

Summer 2022 Start

  • This program cannot be started in summer.

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

Tuition Costs

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. Explore current tuition and fees.

Additional Estimated Costs

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

How To Apply

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

 

Program Details

Questions? We'd love to help! Connect with our Outreach team by filling out our online form or by email at outreach@wctc.edu.

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

$24,600 - $39,700 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.

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

Strengthen classroom concepts through hands-on practice in our nationally-accredited Child Development Center and Early Learning Lab.

2

Involvement in the Education Club enhances your learning while developing leadership and service skills.

3

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.

Early Childhood Education Program Students

Accreditation

The Early Childhood Education program is accredited by the Commission on Early Childhood Higher Education Programs of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The accreditation term runs from May 2019 through March 2025.

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About The Registry

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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Carroll UniversityBS Teacher Education with Certification Optionsup to 64
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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 Education31+electives
UW-StoutBS Human Development & Family Studiesup to 54
UW-StoutBS Early Childhood Educationup to 54
UW-SuperiorBS Elementary Education57
UW-WhitewaterBSE Early Childhood Education39+
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Franklin UniversityAny Bachelors DegreeJunior Standing
Grand Canyon UniversityAny Bachelors10% tuition discount
Lakeland UniversityAny Bachelors DegreeJunior Standing
Mount Mary UniversityBachelor DegreeJunior Standing
MSOEBBA Technical SalesJunior Standing
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UW-StoutBS Management (100% online)up to 60
UW-StoutBS Career, Technical Education & Training (100% online)up to 60
UW-WhitewaterBA Arts and Sciences60+
Wisconsin Lutheran CollegeBachelor of Science in Business Management & Leadership50-70

 

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