Early Childhood Professional | Western Technical College

Early Childhood Professional

Technical Diploma

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The Early Childhood Professional technical diploma provides the knowledge and experience necessary to truly make a difference in the lives of children. Hands-on fieldwork and related academic work will prepare you to work with children from birth through five years of age in a child care center setting.

Start your child care teaching career with this credential, or continue your education with Western's Early Childhood Education associate degree.

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Estimated Program Costs

Estimated Program Cost

Early Childhood Professional

This program will cost about $4,334* 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

Graduation Employment Stats

Western conducts a follow-up survey of all grads six months after graduation to find out if they are employed in a job related to their program, how much they are making, and where they are employed.

Survey information is not currently available for this program. Please contact an Admissions Coach or call 606-785-9200 for more information.

Career Opportunities

Day Care Aide
Preschool Aide
Child Care Assistant

Program Outcomes

  • Living responsibly
  • Refining professionalism
  • Cultivating passion
  • Identify the relationship between child development theory to practice
  • Develop positive relationships with children and adults
  • Assess child growth and development
  • Implement developmentally appropriate curriculum
  • Demonstrate professionalism
  • Utilize health, safety, and nutrition practices

Admission Requirements

College Requirements

$30 Application Fee

Software and Technology

Most of Western’s classes require the use of a personal computer or laptop, standard software, internet access, and other technology-related items.

If you do not have a personal computer or laptop, or if the one you have does not meet the following criteria, resources may be available. Submit a Student Resource Request using our online form.

Computer/Laptop Hardware

  • Smartphones are not recommended for completing assignments.
  • Chromebooks are not recommended due to issues with installing software that is needed for classes, such as Office 365.
  • Web camera with microphone (usually built into newer laptops or can be purchased separately) is necessary for online participation.

Software Needs

For detailed specifications, please review Technology and Software Recommendations for Most Classes on Western’s IT Knowledgebase.

Campus Resources

Need Assistance?

  • Contact the Learning Commons! The staff are happy to answer questions, provide individualized assistance, and direct you to other supports as needed.

Career Pathways

This program is part of a career pathway, a laddered approach to career education. It allows you to earn employer-recognized credentials that lead to job and career advancement.

Early Childhood Professional

Career Pathways

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