Early Childhood Education

Program Number: 10-307-1
School Year: 2020-2021
Associate of Applied Science Degree
Campus: Fond du Lac, West Bend
This program is eligible for financial aid

The Early Childhood Education associate degree program at Moraine Park prepares students to work as teachers and caregivers in two years.

About the Program

For students in the Early Childhood Education program, no day will be alike. Students in the program balance both academic coursework and practical experience, gaining hands-on experience at local child care centers. Students gain practice guiding child behavior and working cooperatively with staff and parents. This program has daytime courses offered at our Fond du Lac campus and evening courses offered at our West Bend campus, with some courses available online.

What You'll Learn

Students in the Early Childhood Education program learn to care for and educate children while playing a key role in children's development. Graduates will know how to maintain a clean and safe environment, as well as plan educational activities and assess child growth and progress. Graduates of the program are prepared to work with children from birth to 8-year age range and are well-prepared for a variety of Early Childhood Education jobs.

Scholarships may be available for students who are employed in a licensed child care 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. Scholarships for the Early Childhood Administrative Credential Certificate are available through the Wisconsin Early Childhood Association T.E.A.C.H. program.

Statewide Median Salary for Recent Graduates
Approximate Costs
Program Outcomes
Career Opportunities
Admission Process
Transfer Opportunities
Additional Information
Approximate Costs
  • $136.50 per credit (resident)
  • $204.75 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

Standard Admissions steps details

  • Health Requirements

Transfer Opportunities
  1. Transfer in prior college work or get a free transcript review. Start here.
  2. Transfer a Moraine Park degree to earn a bachelor’s – learn more.
Additional Information

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

Note: Students must purchase a smock for this program.


This program does not require a Criminal Background Check at the point of admission, but a Criminal Background Check will be required.  Students will need to successfully pass a Criminal Background Check to progress in and complete the program.  Students will receive information regarding completing this requirement before being placed working/observing in a child care facility. 

Please Note:

Moraine Park Technical College does not guarantee (1) placement to practicum sites; (2) potential or future employment eligibility beyond graduation; (3) ability to sit for licensure or certification exams or achievement of credentials related to licensure or certification. Taking a course within the Early Childhood Education curriculum prior to completing and passing a criminal background check does not guarantee enrollment in any one of the four practicum courses required for program completion.

More information regarding barred offenses that may impact a person’s ability to work at a child care center can be found here: https://dcf.wisconsin.gov/files/publications/pdf/5206.pdf

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Semester 1
307-110ECE: Social Studies, Art, Music and Movement3
307-151ECE: Infant and Toddler Development3
307-167ECE: Health, Safety and Nutrition3
307-174ECE: Introductory Practicum3
801-136English Composition 13
890-101College 1012
Total 17
Semester 2
103-159Computer Literacy - Microsoft Office1
307-108ECE: Early Language and Literacy3
307-148ECE: Foundations of Early Childhood Education3
307-175ECE: Preschool Practicum3
 - OR - 
307-177ECE: Intermediate Practicum3
307-179ECE: Child Development3
307-188ECE: Guiding Children's Behavior3
Total 16
Semester 3
307-112ECE: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math3
307-175ECE: Preschool Practicum3
 - OR - 
307-177ECE: Intermediate Practicum3
307-187ECE: Children With Differing Abilities3
804-1xxMathematics Course3
 - OR - 
806-1xxScience Course3
809-1xxSocial Science Course3
Total 15
Semester 4
307-195ECE: Family and Community Relationships3
307-199ECE: Advanced Practicum3
801-1xxCommunication Course3
809-1xxSocial Science Course3
809-1xxBehavioral Science Course3
Total 15
Total Credits63