Start on your path to a Preschool technical diploma. This industry-recognized diploma provides the skills necessary for entry-level employment in the field and all courses apply to the next level of degree.The diploma consists of eight courses for a total of 24 credits. Individuals who complete this diploma are eligible to submit a portfolio of their competencies to The Registry; Wisconsin's Recognition System for the Child Care and Education Profession and apply for the Wisconsin Preschool Professional Credential awarded by that agency. This certificate articulates with the Nicolet College Early Childhood Education Associate Degree.

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  • Working with preschooler

Program Outline

Term 1
Course # Course Title Credits
1030710800 ECE Early Language and Literacy

This 3-credit course explores strategies to encourage the development of early language and literacy knowledge and skill building?in children birth to 8 years of age.

1030714800 ECE Foundations of Early Childhood Ed

This 3-credit course introduces the early childhood profession through a historical overview of the field. The course will explore program trends, quality indicators, and developmentally appropriate practices for children birth to age 8.

1030716700 ECE Health Safety and Nutrition

This 3-credit course examines the topics of health, safety, and nutrition within the context of the early childhood educational setting. This course includes training for Abusive Head Trauma, SIDS, and Mandated Reporter certifications.

Term 2
Course # Course Title Credits
1030711000 ECE Soc S Art and Music

This 3-credit course will focus on beginning level curriculum development in the specific integrated content areas of social studies, art, music, & movement (SSAMM).

1030717900 ECE Child Development

Description The 3-credit course examines child development within the context of the early childhood education setting. This course focuses on children ages 3 -8 years.

1030718800 ECE Guiding Child Behavior

This 3-credit course examines positive strategies to guide children's behavior in the early childhood education setting. This course meets the requirements of the Wisconsin Pyramid Model training.

1030716000 ECE Field Experience 1

In this 3-credit introductory field experience course, you will be introduced to the foundations of early childhood education under guided supervision of a mentor teacher in an early childhood setting, working with children birth through age 8. This course meets the requirements for the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards 18-hour training. Prerequisite: 1030716700 ECE Health Safety and Nutrition (C or better).


At A Glance

How You'll Learn


On Campus


Online Classes

Term Start Dates

Summer 2024: May 6 Fall 2024: August 26 Spring 2025: January 13

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.

Program Tuition*


Books & Supplies*


*Total cost for degree completion is estimated by current course requirements, books, and supplies. Tuition and fees are set by the Wisconsin Technical College System and subject to change.

Financial Aid Eligible

You may experience these additional costs, not charged by Nicolet, estimated based on length of program.

Personal Expenses

What You'll Learn

  • Identify the relationship between child development theory to practice
  • Develop positive relationships with children and adults
  • Implement developmentally appropriate curriculum
  • Utilize health, safety, and nutrition practices

Your Potential Careers

  • Preschool Teacher
  • Preschool Teacher Assistant
  • Head Start Teacher Assistant

Median Annual Salary

$22,104 $24,677 $25,641
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Gainful Employment Disclosure

This program is designed to be completed in 18 months.
This program will cost $4,614.00 if completed within normal time. There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.
Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with $5,444.00 of debt.
The following States do not have licensure requirements for this profession: Wisconsin
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