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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

    • $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

    • 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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    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
    Term 3
    307-166ECE: Curriculum Planning3
    307-197ECE: Practicum 33
    801-1xxCommunication Course3
    804-1xxMathematics Course3
     - OR - 
    806-1xxScience Course3
    809-1xxSocial Science Course3
    Term 4
    307-132Operations Management3
    307-199ECE: Practicum 43
    809-172Introduction to Diversity Studies3
    809-1xxBehavioral Science Course3
    Required Elective Credits3
    Total Program Credits and Institutional Requirements69

    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

    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.