Child Care Services

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Program Number: 31-307-1
School Year: 2014-2015
Technical Diploma (1 year)
Campus: Fond du Lac, West Bend

Program Description

The Child Care Services technical diploma is part of a cluster of programs designed to meet the increasing demand for quality child care. The coursework provides students with the foundational knowledge and skills to understand the emotional, mental and physical development of young children; how to create developmentally appropriate classroom activities; how to guide behaviors; and how to provide a healthy, well-rounded learning environment. These skills are applied in practicum experiences where students gain hands-on experience working with children in local child care centers. This program prepares students for jobs in a variety of early childhood settings.

The Child Care Services program is part of the first year of Moraine Park’s Early Childhood Education associate of applied science degree. All the Child Care Services classes are directly transferable into the Early Childhood Education program if students wish to continue their education.

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 Salary Range for Recent Graduates

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$15,599 $21,838

Approximate Costs

  • $122.20 per credit (resident)
  • $183.30 per credit (out-of-state resident)
  • *Online students are not charged out-of-state fees.
  • *Fees shown are 2013-2014 fees; 2014-2015 fees will be available as soon as they are approved.

Program Outcomes

  • Create relationships with children, family, and the community
  • Apply observations, documentation, and assessment strategies
  • Implement developmentally appropriate teaching and learning activities
  • Demonstrate professionalism
  • Follow health, safety, and nutrition practices

Career Opportunities

  • Child Care Teacher
  • Child Care Assistant Teacher
  • Family Child Care Provider
  • Nanny

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.   
  • Meet with Academic Advisor to discuss order of courses and prerequisites (required for this program).   
  • Health Requirements need to be met and a Criminal Background Check is required.   
  • Check with Admissions if any additional steps are required.   

Please visit the Admissions page for general information.

Gainful Employment

The information below is provided as a federal requirement in an effort to help students make informed educational decisions. Specifically, Gainful Employment aims to provide information related to future potential debt burden in comparison to the expected earnings in a chosen program or field.

Gainful Employment Data

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Courses

Number Title Crs
Term 1
307-151 ECE: Infant and Toddler Development 3
307-167 ECE: Health, Safety and Nutrition 3
307-174 ECE: Practicum 1 3
307-178 ECE: Art, Music and Language Arts 3
307-188 ECE: Guiding Children's Behavior 3
 - OR - 
522-111 IA: Guiding and Managing Behavior 3
801-136 English Composition 1 3
890-101 **College 101 2
Total 20
 
Term 2
103-159 **Computer Literacy - Microsoft Office 1
307-148 ECE: Foundations of Early Childhood Education 3
307-179 ECE: Child Development 3
 - OR - 
522-106 IA: Child and Adolescent Development 3
307-187 ECE: Children With Differing Abilities 3
 - OR - 
522-107 IA: Overview of Special Education 3
 - OR - 
522-124 IA: Supporting Students With Disabilities 3
307-192 ECE: Practicum 2 3
307-194 ECE: Math, Science and Social Studies 3
307-195 ECE: Family and Community Relationships 3
 - OR - 
522-101 IA: Teamwork in School Settings 3
Total 19
 
Total Program Credits and Institutional Requirements 39

Exit Assessment

Capstone Projects and Demonstrations are an exit assessment graduation requirement for the program.

Institutional Requirements

** The credits for 103-159 Computer Literacy-Microsoft Office and 890-101 College 101 are Institutional Requirements for graduation. Consequently, they are not part of the program credit requirements.

Additional Program Requirements

Students will need to complete Basic Math Proficiency.

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Transfer Opportunities

Check out the Credit Transfers page for more information.

Additional Information

Note: Students must purchase a smock for this program.