Technical Diploma

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: 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
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).


At A Glance

How You'll Learn


On Campus


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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

  • 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

$20,814 $22,496 $24,331
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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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