Early Childhood Education

Associate of Applied Science

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A fun and rewarding career awaits you in early childhood education. In this role, you’ll use play, art, music, language, and educational tools to help birth- to school-age children develop cognitively, physically, socially, and emotionally. Through a combination of classroom study and field experience in actual child care settings, you’ll learn how to stimulate and nurture children of varying abilities and backgrounds, maintain a safe and healthy child care environment, and communicate effectively with families. You’ll learn child development, curriculum planning, and managing behavior. The program also covers government mandates, reporting procedures, and regulations in the industry.

Opportunities abound in this ever-growing field with positions available as professional nannies, in child care centers, as early childhood teachers and directors, or in schools as teacher assistants. Or, continue your education and earn a teaching degree.

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Estimated Program Costs

Estimated Program Cost

Early Childhood Education

This program will cost about $10,000* based on tuition and basic program fees. There may be additional fees for books, materials, and testing. For more information on tuition costs, visit the Tuition Page.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Graduation Employment Stats

Early Childhood Education 2014-2015 Graduation Employment Stats

Graduates Responding13
Employed in Related Occupation9
Employed in Non-related Occupations2
Seeking Employment1
Continuing Education0
Not in Labor Market1

Salary Data - Related Employment

Part TimeFull Time
Average Hours Per Week2341
Median Hourly Wage$11.38 $10.23
Hourly Wage Range$10.75 - $12.00$8.00 - $13.00
Median Annual Salary$13,553.00 $21,268.00

Respondents in Related Occupations

  • Child Care Teacher; Fort McCoy, Fort McCoy, WI
  • Child Care Teacher; Gundersen Health System, La Crosse, WI
  • Float Teacher; Sprout Childcare, La Crosse, WI
  • Infant Teacher; Independence Children's Center, Independence, WI
  • Lead Teacher; Chetek-Weyerhaeuser Area School District, Chetek, WI
  • Lead Teacher; Four Seasons Child Care Inc., Somerset, WI
  • Lead Teacher; The Creative Child, Onalaska, WI
  • Teacher; Child First, Sparta, WI
  • Teacher; Sunshine Playhouse Child Care, Baraboo, WI

Career Opportunities

Child Care Administrator
Early Childhood Teacher
Preschool Teacher
Infant Teacher
Head Start Teacher

Program Outcomes

  • Use effective communication skills
  • Apply mathematical concepts
  • Transfer social and natural science theories into practical applications
  • Demonstrate ability to think critically
  • Demonstrate ability to value self and work ethically with others in a diverse population
  • Use technology effectively
  • Make decisions that incorporate the importance of sustainability
  • 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.

Admission Requirements

College Requirements

$30 Application Fee

Program Specific Requirements


ACT: 19


ACT: 13


ACT: 17
Additional Requirements:

To enroll in the Early Childhood Education program, first apply for admission to the College, then read the program's Essential Functions, complete a background check, and provide proof of immunization (including a TB Test).  You can find links to these documents below. The last step for admission to the program will be to complete an Intent to Enroll form. Please see the details below.

Additional Information

Program Contact

Tracy Craker
Program Chair, Early Childhood Education

Transfer Agreements

Cardinal Stritch
Lakeland College
Northland College
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
University of Wisconsin-River Falls
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
University of Wisconsin-Stout
University of Wisconsin-Superior
University of Wisconsin-Superior
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Viterbo University

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