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’s degree.

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Estimated Program Costs

Estimated Program Cost

Early Childhood Professional

This program will cost about $3,900* 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 Professional 2020-2021 Graduation Employment Stats

Graduates Responding16
Employed in Related Occupation1
Employed in Non-related Occupations0
Seeking Employment0
Continuing Education15
Not in Labor Market0

Salary Data - Related Employment

Part TimeFull Time
Average Hours Per Week40
Median Hourly Wage
Hourly Wage Range
Median Annual Salary

Respondents in Related Occupations

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Program Outcomes

  • Living responsibly
  • Refining professionalism
  • Cultivating passion

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

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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