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Early Childhood Education

Video: Early Childhood Education

Program Number: 10-307-1
School Year: 2017-2018
Associate of Applied Science Degree
Campus: Fond du Lac, West Bend

Program Description

The Early Childhood Education program prepares students to work as teacher-caregivers in early childhood settings. It combines hands-on fieldwork in area centers with related academic work at the College. Graduates become responsible for the care and education of children in the birth-to-eight years age range. They create and maintain safe and healthy play environments, guide behavior, plan and implement learning activities, and work cooperatively with staff and parents.

Students experience a variety of learning opportunities with increasing responsibility for working with children in local child care settings.

Both Fond du Lac and West Bend offer the complete program. A few courses are offered online. Fond du Lac offers primarily day courses and West Bend primarily evening classes.

Scholarships may be available for students who are employed in a licensed or exempt early childhood center or a licensed or certified family child care program. Applicants must have the support of their employer and possess a high school diploma or GED.

Statewide Median Salary for Recent Graduates

  • $22,940

Approximate Costs

  • $130.35 per credit (resident)
  • $195.53 per credit (out-of-state resident)
  • Online students are not charged out-of-state fees.
  • Fees shown are 2016-2017 fees; 2017-2018 fees will be available as soon as they are approved.

Program Outcomes

  • Apply child development theory to practice.
  • Cultivate relationships with children, family and the community.
  • Assess child growth and development.
  • Use best practices in teaching and learning.
  • Demonstrate professionalism.
  • Integrate health, safety and nutrition practices.

Career Opportunities

  • Child Care Teacher
  • Child Care Assistant Teacher
  • Family Child Care Provider
  • Infant or Toddler Caregiver
  • In-Home Nanny
  • Early Childhood Special Needs Assistants

Admission Process

  • Submit the college admission application.   
  • Submit the $30 one-time fee.   
  • Submit high school and other official college transcripts.   
  • Take the college assessment test (ACCUPLACER, ACT or other). The ACCUPLACER assessment can be taken at MPTC.   
  • Attend a program orientation with your advisor.   
  • Health Requirements need to be met and a Criminal Background Check is required.   

Please visit the Admissions page for general information.

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Courses

Number Title Crs
Term 1
307-151 ECE: Infant and Toddler Development 3
307-167 ECE: Health, Safety and Nutrition 3
307-174 ECE: Practicum 1 3
307-178 ECE: Art, Music and Language Arts 3
307-188 ECE: Guiding Children's Behavior 3
801-136 English Composition 1 3
890-101 **College 101 2
Total 20
 
Term 2
103-159 **Computer Literacy - Microsoft Office 1
307-148 ECE: Foundations of Early Childhood Education 3
307-179 ECE: Child Development 3
307-187 ECE: Children With Differing Abilities 3
307-192 ECE: Practicum 2 3
307-194 ECE: Math, Science and Social Studies 3
307-195 ECE: Family and Community Relationships 3
Total 19
 
Term 3
307-166 ECE: Curriculum Planning 3
307-197 ECE: Practicum 3 3
801-1xx Communication Course 3
804-1xx Mathematics Course 3
 - OR - 
806-1xx Science Course 3
809-1xx Social Science Course 3
Total 15
 
Term 4
307-132 Operations Management 3
307-199 ECE: Practicum 4 3
809-172 Introduction to Diversity Studies 3
809-1xx Behavioral Science Course 3
Total 12
 
Required Elective Credits 3
Total Program Credits and Institutional Requirements 69

General Education Options

View the Early Childhood Education General Education Course Options.

Institutional Requirements

** The credits for 103-159 Computer Literacy-Microsoft Office and 890-101 College 101 are Institutional Requirements for graduation.

Academic Planner

Transfer Opportunities

Check out the Credit Transfers page for more information.

Additional Information

*Enrollment may limit the campus availability or delivery of certain courses.

Note: Students must purchase a smock for this program.

 

For co-curricular activities and opportunities related to this program/certificate, click here.