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early childhood education


    Video: Early Childhood Education

    Program Number: 10-307-1
    School Year: 2019-2020
    Associate of Applied Science Degree
    Campus: Fond du Lac, West Bend
    This program is eligible for financial aid

    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

    • $24,000

    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

    1. Visit the Admissions Page for details
    2. In addition to standard admissions, this program also has:
      1. Health Requirements   


    Number Title Crs
    Semester 1
    307-110 ECE: Social Studies, Art, Music and Movement 3
    307-151 ECE: Infant and Toddler Development 3
    307-167 ECE: Health, Safety and Nutrition 3
    307-174 ECE: Introductory Practicum 3
    801-136 English Composition 1 3
    890-101 **College 101 2
    Total 17
    Semester 2
    103-159 **Computer Literacy - Microsoft Office 1
    307-108 ECE: Early Language and Literacy 3
    307-148 ECE: Foundations of Early Childhood Education 3
    307-175 ECE: Preschool Practicum 3
     - OR - 
    307-177 ECE: Intermediate Practicum 3
    307-179 ECE: Child Development 3
    307-188 ECE: Guiding Children's Behavior 3
    Total 16
    Semester 3
    307-112 ECE: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math 3
    307-175 ECE: Preschool Practicum 3
     - OR - 
    307-177 ECE: Intermediate Practicum 3
    307-187 ECE: Children With Differing Abilities 3
    804-1xx Mathematics Course 3
     - OR - 
    806-1xx Science Course 3
    809-1xx Social Science Course 3
    Total 15
    Semester 4
    307-195 ECE: Family and Community Relationships 3
    307-199 ECE: Advanced Practicum 3
    801-1xx Communication Course 3
    809-1xx Social Science Course 3
    809-1xx Behavioral Science Course 3
    Total 15
    Total Program Credits and Institutional Requirements 63

    Institutional Requirements

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

    Program Guide

    For additional information on program curriculum, prerequisites and general education course options, please contact your advisor.

    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.


    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

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