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 $10,100* 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 2015-2016 Graduation Employment Stats

Graduates Responding4
Employed in Related Occupation2
Employed in Non-related Occupations0
Seeking Employment0
Continuing Education2
Not in Labor Market0

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Respondents in Related Occupations

  • Early Childhood; Independence Children’s Center, Independence, WI
  • Teacher; Gundersen Health System, La Crosse, 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
High School Transcript or GED/HSED

Program Requirements

Western Technical College uses ACCUPLACER, a computer-based, online assessment that measures your abilities in writing/sentence skills, reading comprehension, and arithmetic. This information will be used to place you in courses that best fit your academic goals. Based on your scores, you may need to take additional general studies course(s) along with the general studies courses required for your program.

Several options for waiving the ACCUPLACER test are available; view the exemptions here.

Learn more about placement tests and how they are used at Western: Placement Testing.

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
Concordia University Wisconsin
Lakeland College
Northland College
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
University of Wisconsin-Parkside
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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