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 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 Opportunities 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 required licensure to be employed/practice in the state of Wisconsin. The College does not guarantee its curriculum matches the requirements for preparation, examinations, or licensure for other states. Visit the Accreditation page for more details about accreditation and licensure.  

Note: Students must purchase a smock for this program.

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