Early Childhood Education | Western Technical College

Early Childhood Education

Associate Degree

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A fun and rewarding career awaits you in early childhood education! In this role, you will use play, art, music, language, and educational tools to help children birth through age eight develop to their full potential. Through a combination of classroom study and field experiences in actual child care settings, you will nurture children of varying abilities and backgrounds, maintain safe and healthy child care environments, and communicate effectively with families. Program includes child development, guiding behavior, and curriculum planning, as well as assessment and regulations in the industry.

Opportunities abound in this ever-growing field with positions available as professional nannies, in child care centers, as teachers and directors, or in schools as teacher assistants. You can also continue your education and earn a birth through grade three teaching degree!

To view the Early Childhood Education program’s required disclosure on professional licensure, please click here.

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Estimated Program Costs

Estimated Program Cost

Early Childhood Education

This program will cost about $9,700* 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

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

Program Outcomes

  • Living responsibly
  • Refining professionalism
  • Cultivating passion
  • 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

Additional Requirements

Once you've submitted your application, paid the application fee and been accepted to the program, read the program's Essential Functions form, begin the background check process, and schedule an appointment with your doctor to complete your Health Record form. This will be covered in more detail at registration, but it’s best to get a head start on the paperwork. You can find links to these documents below.

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.

Additional Information

Our Health and Public Safety programs are required to report additional information to prospective students, including certification exams, licensure, program completion rates, etc. You can find this information in the document below:

Program Contact

Tracy Craker
Program Chair, Early Childhood Education

Transfer Agreements

Concordia University Wisconsin
Northland College
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
University of Wisconsin-Stout
University of Wisconsin-Superior
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Viterbo University
Viterbo University

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 Education

Career Pathways

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