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Early Childhood Assistant Teacher - Technical Diploma

Imagine a career in which you can make a difference in the lives of children every day. The Early Childhood Assistant Teacher program prepares individuals to be assistant teachers in a variety of settings. As a student in the program, you’ll learn through a combination of hands-on fieldwork in area child care centers, working with children in the birth-to-five-years age range, along with related academic work at the College. The Early Childhood Assistant Teacher program 34 credits seamlessly transfer into the Early Childhood Education associate degree, providing grads the opportunity to advance their careers and pursue a bachelor degree. The Early Childhood Assistant Teacher program meets the YoungStar educational requirements and is fully eligible for financial aid.

Program Code: 313076
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Program Costs & Financial Aid

Tuition: $5,399, Books: $580, Supplies: $600

Total Approximate Costs

This program is fully eligible for financial aid.

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All credits from this technical diploma apply toward the following associate degree(s):

Early Childhood Education, 103071

All credits from the following certificate(s) apply toward this technical diploma:

Early Childhood Licensing Basic Ages 0-2, 613073

Early Childhood Licensing Basic Ages 3-5, 613072

Early Childhood Preschool, 9030711

Some of the credits from the following certificate(s) apply toward this technical diploma:

Early Childhood Infant Toddler, 903073

Early Childhood Inclusion, 9030712

Delivery Methods

8 Week Advantage: This is an 8 Week Advantage program.

How do I get started in this program?

Requirements for Program Entry

  • Apply at
  • High school transcript (or GED/HSED transcript).
  • College transcript.
  • In your cumulative GPA is below 2.6, complete or submit a placement evaluation.
  • Demonstrated suitability to the early childhood profession as indicated by completion of a functional ability checklist.
  • Complete physical examination within three months prior to Practicum course.
  • Completed an American Heart Association CPR course prior to program entry to include the AED component for infants, toddlers and adults. Students are required to maintain a current CPR card on a two-year renewal cycle.
  • Mastered basic math before entering this program. Basic math covers whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percents and measurements.
  • To be admitted to this program, learners must achieve a prior cumulative high school or college grade point average of 2.6 or higher OR a satisfactory academic skills assessment score. College grade point average must be based on 15 credits or more. To learn more about starting this program, please contact an academic advisor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.
  • Complete caregiver background check. A fee is charged for this service. Must be completed to be accepted to the program.
  • Attend mandatory program orientation.
  • Tip! Our admission advisors will assist you through every step. Have questions? Connect with NWTC Admissions at or 920-498-5444.

Application Checklist

What will I learn?


Students following the study plan below will complete the Early Childhood Assistant Teacher Technical Diploma in the number of semesters shown. Courses are offered online, accelerated, and blended, and may be taken in any order as long as prerequisites are met.

Total Credits 34
  • Curriculum Note: Practicum courses require student teaching in the community, in addition to course work. NWTC faculty arrange practicum settings for/with students. Students are required to complete student teaching in each practicum placement. Only one practicum course may be taken in any semester. Students are required to achieve a grade of "C" or better in the practicum courses to continue in or graduate from this program. Failure to pass a practicum course on the second attempt, the student will be removed from the program. Read more about Practicums online.
  • The credit for 10-890-101, College 101, is an Institutional Requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program credit requirements, but must be passed with a "C" or better.
  • Students must earn a "C" or higher in all 10-307-XXX courses to successfully graduate the Early Childhood Assistant Teacher Technical Diploma. A student must repeat the particular course with a "C" or better final grade to continue in or graduate from this program. If the course is sequential, the successful retake must occur before continuing the sequence.
  • The Preschool Practicum may be applied to the Early Childhood Technical Diploma, Associate Degree Program or it may be applied as the capstone course in The Registry Preschool Credential. Learners interested in earning the Preschool Credential from The Registry should complete the following courses prior to the Practicum. 10-307-167 ECE: Health Safety & Nutrition; 10-307-179 ECE: Child Development; 10-307-110 ECE: Social Studies, Art, Music; 10-307-108 ECE: Early Language & Literacy; 10-307-188 ECE: Guiding Child Behavior OR 10-307-174.

Program Outcomes

  • Use child development theory in practice.
  • Develop relationships with children, family, and the community.
  • Observe child growth and development.
  • Identify best practices in teaching and learning.
  • Practice professionalism.
  • Apply health, safety, and nutrition practices.

What careers are in my future?


Graduate Employment

with 75% in field

Employment Potential

A graduate of this program will have the potential for employment in the following areas:

  • Early Childhood Assistant Teacher or Teacher in Preschool or Group Childcare Center: plans and implements daily activities with concern for health, safety, and welfare for a designated group of children; assists in or administers instructional program to young children that promotes their physical, social, psychological, and intellectual development; and provides a flexible balance of active and quiet activities, individual and group activities, indoor and outdoor activities, free choice, guided activities and conduct developmental assessments.
  • Family Childcare Provider/Teacher/Owner: same functions as above only in a home setting.

What else do I need to know about the program?


  • A student who does not meet the requirements for program entry is required to consult an NWTC counselor about ways to make up any deficiencies through testing or course work.
  • It is necessary to show good health as evidenced by a medical examination within three months prior to beginning practicum class.
  • Students will be required to wear a NWTC issued name tag, provide their own transportation to assigned sites and cover any other expenses related to practicum experiences. Students may be expected to travel distances. A NWTC approved Education program shirt is required for practicum students, along with specific dress code per placement.
  • Availability: Student Teaching hours will span between 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. with the majority of the required hours occurring in the morning.
  • Completion of a Wisconsin Technical Skills Attainment (TSA) is required to graduate from this program.
  • NWTC offers credit-based courses, credentials and degree options that align with the YoungStar requirements.

Industry Credentials

Successful graduates of this technical diploma will be eligible to apply for The Registry Career Level 11.

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