Early Childhood Education

To learn more, visit: https://www.morainepark.edu/academics/programs/early-childhood-education/

Program Number: 10-307-1
Associate of Applied Science Degree
Campus: Fond du Lac, West Bend
This program is eligible for financial aid

The Early Childhood Education associate degree program at Moraine Park prepares students for their journey as educators, setting the stage for graduates to work as teachers and caregivers in two years.

About the Program

For students in the Early Childhood Education program, no day will be alike. Students in the program balance both academic coursework and practical experience, gaining hands-on experience at local child care centers. Students gain practice guiding child behavior and working cooperatively with staff and parents. This program has daytime courses offered at our Fond du Lac campus and evening courses offered at our West Bend campus, with some courses available online.

What You'll Learn

Students in the Early Childhood Education program learn to care for and educate children while playing a key role in children's development. Graduates will know how to maintain a clean and safe environment, as well as plan educational activities and assess child growth and progress. Graduates of the program are prepared to work with children from birth to 8-year age range and are well-prepared for a variety of Early Childhood Education jobs.

Scholarships may be available for students who are employed in a licensed child care center or a licensed or certified family child care program. Applicants must have the support of their employer and possess a high school diploma or GED. Scholarships for the Early Childhood Administrative Credential Certificate are available through the Wisconsin Early Childhood Association T.E.A.C.H. program.

Transfer Opportunities

Earn credits at MPTC and transfer to a four-year college to earn your bachelor’s degree.

Visit the Transfer to a Four-Year College page for more information on credit transfer agreements between Moraine Park and four-year colleges, both public and private.
 

Additional Information

State Licensure Disclosure: Moraine Park’s Early Childhood Education program prepares students to obtain the educational requirements for licensure to be employed/practice in the state of Wisconsin. No determination has been made if the curriculum matches the educational requirements for preparation, examinations, or licensure for other states. Visit the Accreditation page for more details about accreditation.  

Important:

This program does not require a Criminal Background Check at the point of admission, but a Criminal Background Check will be required.  Students will need to successfully pass a Criminal Background Check to progress in and complete the program.  Students will receive information regarding completing this requirement before being placed working/observing in a child care facility. 

Please Note:

Moraine Park Technical College does not guarantee

  1. Placement to practicum sites;
  2. Potential or future employment eligibility beyond graduation;
  3. Ability to sit for licensure or certification exams or achievement of credentials related to licensure or certification. 

Taking a course within the Early Childhood Education curriculum prior to completing and passing a criminal background check does not guarantee enrollment in any one of the four practicum courses required for program completion.

More information regarding barred offenses that may impact a person’s ability to work at a child care center can be found here: http://dcf.wisconsin.gov/files/publications/pdf/5206.pdf

 

Admission Process

Standard Admissions steps details

This program also requires:

  • Health Requirements

Credit for Prior Learning

Earn college credit outside the classroom through Moraine Park’s Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) opportunities. Credit opportunities are available for:

  •   Previous college coursework from prior institutions
  •   Military training and experience
  •   Passing of MPTC or national exams
  •   Skills or knowledge developed on the job or through other life experiences

Visit MPTC’s Credit for Prior Learning page for more information.

Approximate Costs

Tuition

Occupational

  • $146.20 per credit (resident)
  • $219.30 per credit (out-of-state resident)

Associate of Arts/Associate of Science

  • $188.90 per credit (resident)
  • $283.35 per credit (out-of-state resident)

Online students are not charged out-of-state fees.

Student Fees

  • $4.50 minimum per course Material Fee
  • $12.50 per-credit Supplemental Fee for Undergraduate courses
  • $10 minimum per credit Online Course Fee (Fee suspended for 2023-2024)
  • $4.50 per term mandatory Student Accident Insurance Fee

Please refer to Tuition & Fee Information for additional enrollment fee information.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid is available for associate degree and technical diploma programs (those that are 2 semesters in length and typically with 28 credits or more). Processing can take 4-5 weeks after a student's completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is received. Visit the Financial Aid page to learn more.

While attending Moraine Park during the 2023-24 school year, your estimated cost of attendance for one full year includes tuition of $4,375 (15 credits for fall and spring semester), fees of $338, food and housing of $4,052 (if living with parents, $9,614 if living on your own), books and supplies of $2,061, personal expenses of $2,245, and transportation of $2,007 for a total of $15,161. Your direct costs (those costs paid directly to the college) include tuition & fees. The indirect costs (costs not paid to the college) can vary from individual to individual and your own personal needs.

Course Requirements

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
307-110 ECE: Social Studies, Art, Music and Movement 3
307-151 ECE: Infant and Toddler Development 3
307-167 ECE: Health, Safety and Nutrition 3
307-174 ECE: Introductory Practicum 3
801-136 English Composition 1 3
890-101 College 101 2
 Credits17
Semester 2
103-159 Computer Literacy - Microsoft Office 1
307-108 ECE: Early Language and Literacy 3
307-148 ECE: Foundations of Early Childhood Education 3
307-175 ECE: Preschool Practicum 3
307-179 ECE: Child Development 3
307-188 ECE: Guiding Children's Behavior 3
 Credits16
Semester 3
307-112 ECE: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math 3
307-177 ECE: Intermediate Practicum 3
307-187 ECE: Children With Differing Abilities 3
Mathematics Course or Natural Science Course 3
Social Science Course 3
 Credits15
Semester 4
307-195 ECE: Family and Community Relationships 3
307-199 ECE: Advanced Practicum 3
Communication Course 3
Social Science Course 3
Behavioral Science Course 3
 Credits15
 Total Credits63

Program Outcomes

  • 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.

Pathways

Earn certificates, a technical diploma and associate degree along this pathway. Start with some courses for entry-level employment, and continue with additional courses for higher wages and job advancement.

Career Opportunities

  • Child Care Teacher
  • Child Care Assistant Teacher
  • Family Child Care Provider
  • Infant or Toddler Caregiver
  • In-Home Nanny
  • Instructional Assistant
  • Head Start Teacher Assistant
  • 4K Teacher Assistant
  • School District Instructional Assistant 

Statewide Median Salary for Recent Graduates

$31,197