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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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    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

    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.