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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

      • $134.20 per credit (resident)
      • $201.30 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

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


      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
      890-101**College 1012
      Semester 2
      103-159**Computer 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
      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
      Semester 4
      307-195ECE: Family and Community Relationships3
      307-199ECE: Advanced Practicum3
      801-1xxCommunication Course3
      809-1xxSocial Science Course3
      809-1xxBehavioral Science Course3
      Total Program Credits and Institutional Requirements63

      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 completion of a background check does not guarantee admittance to the program.

      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.