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child care services


    Video: Child Care Services

    Program Number: 31-307-1
    School Year: 2017-2018
    Technical Diploma (1 year)
    Campus: Fond du Lac, West Bend

    Program Description

    The Child Care Services technical diploma is part of a cluster of programs designed to meet the increasing demand for quality child care. The coursework provides students with the foundational knowledge and skills to understand the emotional, mental and physical development of young children; how to create developmentally appropriate classroom activities; how to guide behaviors; and how to provide a healthy, well-rounded learning environment. These skills are applied in practicum experiences where students gain hands-on experience working with children in local child care centers. This program prepares students for jobs in a variety of early childhood settings.

    The Child Care Services program is part of the first year of Moraine Park’s Early Childhood Education associate of applied science degree. All the Child Care Services classes are directly transferable into the Early Childhood Education program if students wish to continue their education.

    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

    • $20,450

    Approximate Costs

    • $132.20 per credit (resident)
    • $198.30 per credit (out-of-state resident)
    • Online students are not charged out-of-state fees.
    • Please refer to the MPTC Student Handbook for additional enrollment fee information.

    Program Outcomes

    • Relate knowledge of child development to practice.
    • Create relationships with children, family and the community.
    • Apply observations, documentation and assessment strategies.
    • Implement developmentally appropriate teaching and learning activities.
    • Demonstrate professionalism.
    • Follow health, safety and nutrition practices.

    Career Opportunities

    • Child Care Teacher
    • Child Care Assistant Teacher
    • Family Child Care Provider
    • Nanny

    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.

    Gainful Employment

    The information below is provided as a federal requirement in an effort to help students make informed educational decisions. Specifically, Gainful Employment aims to provide information related to future potential debt burden in comparison to the expected earnings in a chosen program or field.

    Gainful Employment Data

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    Term 1
    307-151ECE: Infant and Toddler Development3
    307-167ECE: Health, Safety and Nutrition3
    307-174ECE: Practicum 13
    307-178ECE: Art, Music and Language Arts3
    307-188ECE: Guiding Children's Behavior3
    801-136English Composition 13
    890-101**College 1012
    Term 2
    103-159**Computer Literacy - Microsoft Office1
    307-148ECE: Foundations of Early Childhood Education3
    307-179ECE: Child Development3
    307-187ECE: Children With Differing Abilities3
    307-192ECE: Practicum 23
    307-194ECE: Math, Science and Social Studies3
    307-195ECE: Family and Community Relationships3
    Total Program Credits and Institutional Requirements39

    Institutional Requirements

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

    Academic Planner

    Current students, please see your Advisor for your 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.