Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education

Associates of Applied Science

Experience both academic theory and hands-on application through a series of practicums to develop an understanding of physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of young children and acquire skill in planning and implementing programs that promote development. The program prepares you to work in a variety of early childhood education settings including child care centers, Head Start programs, school-age child care programs, and family day care homes. The Associate's degree also provides a foundation if you intend to continue your education at a four-year college or university.

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Program Outline

Term: 2
Course # Course Title Credits
1030717400 ECE Introductory Practicum

Students will learn about and apply the course competencies in an actual childcare setting. Students will document children's behavior, explore the standards for quality early childhood education, explore strategies that support diversity and anti-bias perspectives, implement activities developed by the co-op teacher/instructor, demonstrate professional behaviors, practice caregiving routines as curriculum, practice positive interpersonal skills with children and adults, analyze the guiding principles and the five developmental domains related to the WI Early Learning Standards, integrate the WI Early Learning Standards into the program's teaching cycle (ongoing assessment, planning and curriculum goals, and implementation), and evaluate learning and assessment activities using the early learning standards for each individual child. Prerequisite: 1030716700 ECE Health Safety and Nutrition (C or better).

Term: 3
Course # Course Title Credits
1030711200 ECE STEM

This 3-credit course will focus on beginning level curriculum development in the specific integrated content areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Prerequisite: 1030711000 ECE Soc S Art and Music (D or better) (concurrent enrollment allowed).

1030717500 ECE Preschool Practicum

This course will apply as the capstone course in The Registry Preschool Credential. You will be placed or working in an early childhood setting with 3-5 year old children and create a portfolio that prepares you for The Registry commission. In this course you will be implementing regulations and standards for quality early childhood education, applying knowledge of child development and positive guidance, utilizing observation and assessment techniques, and assessing developmentally appropriate environments for preschoolers. Prerequisites: 1030717400 ECE Introductory Practicum (C or better) and 1030718800 ECE Guiding Child Behavior (C or better).

Term: 4
Course # Course Title Credits
1030717700 ECE Intermediate Practicum

In this 3-credit course you will be implementing regulations and standards for quality early childhood education, applying knowledge of child development and positive guidance, utilizing observation and assessment techniques, and assessing developmentally appropriate environments for children. Prerequisite: 1030717500 ECE Preschool Practicum (C or better). Corequisite: 1030719900 ECE Advanced Practicum.

1030719900 ECE Advanced Practicum

Learn about and apply the ability to analyze children’s growth and development based on assessment integrate strategies that support diversity and anti-bias perspectives, promote professional behaviors and practices, implement meaningful curriculum, create respectful reciprocal relationships, evaluate early childhood education programs for quality, and explore professional options in early childhood education. Prerequisite: 1030717700 ECE Intermediate Practicum (C or better) (concurrent enrollment allowed). Corequisite: 1030717700 ECE Intermediate Practicum.

Elective Elective

At A Glance

How You'll Learn


On Campus


Online Classes

Term Start Dates

Spring 2022: January 5 Summer 2022: May 2 Fall 2022: September 6

Start dates represent the beginning of a new term. Certain programs or courses may not be available to start every term. Please view the course schedules for a list of upcoming classes or contact the Welcome Center at 715-365-4493.

Approximate Cost


Financial Aid Eligible

*Based on 10-level courses—materials, books, and fees may be additional

What You'll Learn

  • 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.

Your Potential Careers

  • Infant/Toddler/Preschool Child Care Teacher
  • Child Care Center Program Director or owner
  • Child Care Center Administrator or Owner
  • Family Day Care Provider
  • School Age Child Care Teacher/Director
  • Head Start Teacher or Home Visitor
  • Child Care Resource and Referral Specialist
  • Child and Family Center Specialist
  • Infant/Toddler/Preschool Child Care Teacher Assistant

Median Annual Salary

$22,496 $24,856 $30,976
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Wisconsin Early Childhood Association Scholarships



T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® WISCONSIN provides higher education scholarships to professionals who work in regulated early childhood and school-age care settings. Since its inception in 1999, T.E.A.CH. has provided more than 14,000 scholarships to over 8,000 early childhood teachers. Learn more about our program:
2908 Marketplace Drive, Suite 101, Fitchburg, WI 53719
Phone: 800-783-9322
Fax: 877-248-7662 Phone: 608-240-9880

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