Early Childhood Education
Program Number: 10-307-1
School Year: 2015-2016
Associate of Applied Science Degree
Campus*: Fond du Lac, West Bend
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
- $128.40 per credit (resident)
- $192.60 per credit (out-of-state resident)
- *Online students are not charged out-of-state fees.
- 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.
- Child Care Teacher
- Child Care Assistant Teacher
- Family Child Care Provider
- Infant or Toddler Caregiver
- In-Home Nanny
- Early Childhood Special Needs Assistants
- 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.
- Check with Admissions if any additional steps are required.
Please visit the Admissions page for general information.
|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|
|801-136||English Composition 1||3|
|103-159||**Computer Literacy - Microsoft Office||1|
|307-148||ECE: Foundations of Early Childhood Education||3|
|307-179||ECE: Child Development||3|
|307-187||ECE: Children With Differing Abilities||3|
|307-192||ECE: Practicum 2||3|
|307-194||ECE: Math, Science and Social Studies||3|
|307-195||ECE: Family and Community Relationships||3|
|307-166||ECE: Curriculum Planning||3|
|307-197||ECE: Practicum 3||3|
|801-196||Oral and Interpersonal Communication||3|
|- OR -|
|- OR -|
|801-141||Introduction to Mass Communications||3|
|- OR -|
|806-122||Natural Sciences in Society||3|
|809-166||Introduction to Ethics: Theory and Application||3|
|307-199||ECE: Practicum 4||3|
|809-172||Introduction to Diversity Studies||3|
|809-196||Introduction to Sociology||3|
|809-198||Introduction to Psychology||3|
|- OR -|
|809-199||Psychology of Human Relations||3|
|Required Elective Credits||3|
|Total Program Credits and Institutional Requirements||72|
Capstone Projects/Demonstrations are an exit assessment graduation requirement for the program.
** 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.
- Early Childhood Education, 2015-2016
- Early Childhood Education, 2014-2015
- Early Childhood Education, 2013-2014
Check out the Credit Transfers page for more 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.