Early Childhood Assistant Teacher Technical Diploma

Program Code: 313076

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.

Follow Your Path

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


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.


Requirements for Program Entry

• Completed application.
• High school transcript or equivalent. (For a list of equivalents, go to
• 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. Maintain proper immunizations.
• 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, percentages 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 annually. A fee is charged for this service. Additional information will be provided upon acceptance into the program.

Program Availability

FULL TIMESummer 2018Fall 2018Spring 2019
Green Bay ---
Marinette ---

Application Checklist

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.
10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...presents learners with exposure to the language of responsibility with an emphasis on two tracks-soft (employability) and learning skills to enhance lifelong learning in academic, career, and personal settings. Course curriculum provides application and reflection of On Course strategies and vocabulary emphasizing the value of a growth mindset. Students should take this course during the first semester of college.
10-307-148 ECE: FOUNDATIONS OF EARLY CHILDHOOD ... integrate strategies that support diversity and anti-bias perspectives; summarize early childhood education settings; identify components of a quality program; summarize responsibilities of early childhood professionals; explore early childhood curriculum models.
10-307-167 ECE: HEALTH/SAFETY/, safety, and nutrition in early childhood settings. Anti-bias perspectives; governmental regulations and professional standards; safe, healthy, and nutritionally sound early childhood programs; child abuse/neglect mandates; SIDS risk reduction; Shaken Baby Syndrome.
10-801-136 ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 ...learners develop knowledge/skills in planning, organizing, writing, editing. Students will also analyze audience/purpose, use elements of research, format documents using standard guidelines, and develop critical reading skills. (Prerequisite: Placement value of 1500; OR Accuplacer Rdg score greater/equal to 55 AND Sentence Skills greater/equal to 75; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND Eng greater/equal to 18; OR preparatory courses-contact academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
10-307-178 ECE: ART MUSIC & LANGUAGE ARTS ...beginning curriculum development in art, music, and language arts. Role of play; developmentally appropriate environment; promote child development; caregiving routines as curriculum; language, literature, and literacy activities, art/music, movement activities.
10-307-179 ECE: CHILD DEVELOPMENT...child development in the early childhood education setting. Social, cultural, and economic influences on child development; child development theories; development of children age three to eight; child development research; heredity and environment.
10-307-174 ECE: PRACTICUM 1 ...learn/practice skills in a child care setting. Includes documenting behavior, exploring diversity, implement activities developed by the cooperating teacher, practicing caregiving routines, and positive professional and interpersonal skills. (Prerequisites: Accepted in Early Childhood Program or Early Childhood Assistant Teacher Technical Diploma; Corequisite: 10-890-101, College 101.)
10-307-151 ECE: INFANT/TODDLER DEVELOPMENT...infant and toddler development in an early childhood education setting. Development of infants/toddlers; prenatal conditions and development; child development theories; heredity and the environment; culturally and developmentally appropriate environments.
10-307-188 ECE: GUIDING CHILDREN'S BEHAVIOR ...strategies to guide children's behavior in the early childhood setting. Anti-bias perspectives, guidance principles, factors affecting behavior, guidance strategies, individual needs, guidance philosophy. (Prerequisite: 10-307-174, ECE: Practicum 1 OR accepted in Early Childhood Preschool Certificate 9030711)
10-307-194 ECE: MATH/SCIENCE/SOCIAL STUDIES ...beginning curriculum development in math, science, social studies. Support diversity, role of play, developmentally appropriate environment, activity plans that promote learning, create appropriate math, science and social studies activities.
10-307-192 ECE: PRACTICUM 2 ...learn/practice skills in a child care setting. Growth/Development, support diversity, implement student developed activity plans, guidance strategies, professional behaviors, caregiving routines as curriculum, positive interpersonal skills with adults. (Prerequisites: Accepted in Early Childhood Program or Early Childhood Assistant Teacher Technical Diploma; 10-307-174, ECE: Practicum 1; Corequisite: 10-890-101, College 101)
10-809-188 DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY ...defines human development; examines theories; heredity and environmental effects; prenatal development and birth; evaluates biosocial, cognitive psychosocial development through the life span; aging, death, and dying. (Prerequisite: A placement value of 6200; OR Accuplacer Rdg score greater/equal to 55 AND Sentence Skills greater/equal to 60; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND English greater/equal to 15; OR prep courses-contact academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
Curriculum Note
. Blended online class requires two/three Saturday visits to the Green Bay Campus for the following courses: 10-307-178, ECE: Art Music & Language Arts; 10-307-194, ECE: Math Science & Social Studies
. 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. Students are required to achieve a grade of "C" or better in the practicum courses to continue in or graduate from this program. Read more about Practicums online. Practicums must be taken in numerical order: 1, 2, 3, 4 and only one may be taken in any semester.
. If a student is considering pursuing a 4-year degree, Intermediate Algebra w/Apps, 10-804-118, should be taken in place of Principles of Sustainability, 10-806-112.
. 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.

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.


Industry Credentials

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


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 to include having a negative TB test.
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.
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) portfolio is required to graduate from this program.
NWTC offers credit-based courses, credentials and degree options that align with the YoungStar requirements.


Wisconsin Caregiver Law
NWTC is required to comply with the Wisconsin Caregiver Law (2009 WISCONSIN ACT 76). The completion of a caregiver background check includes the review of criminal records for convictions of serious crimes or a history of improper behavior. Students accepted into this program must complete a background check through A fee is charged for this service. Information regarding this process is provided to students immediately upon acceptance into the program. Students accepted into this program must complete a Background Information Disclosure form disclosing any acts, crimes, or convictions prior to program entry and annually for the remainder of the program. The information provided in the Background Information Disclosure form must be truthful and match any findings on the criminal record check. Students with a criminal history may be denied access to placement at the discretion of the practicum site. Consequently, should a student have a history of convictions of serious crimes or a history of improper behaviors, NWTC cannot guarantee practicum placement or guarantee graduation within typical program timing. Please note: students in the Early Childhood Education program must complete and submit a CBC, regardless of whether or not they have completed a similar form at their place of employment. NWTC runs its own checks and will not accept the results of a CBC from another institution.