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Early Childhood Education Associate Degree

Program Code: 103071

The Early Childhood Education program prepares students to work as teacher-caregivers in early childhood settings. The program combines hands-on fieldwork with young children and related academic work at the College. Early childhood educators are responsible for the care and education of children from birth-to-eight years of age. Responsibilities include creating and maintaining safe and healthy play environments, guiding behavior, planning and implementing learning activities, and working cooperatively with staff and parents.

Follow Your Path

All of the credits from the following technical diploma(s) apply toward this associate degree:
• Early Childhood Assistant Teacher, 313076
All of the credits from the following certificate(s) apply toward this associate degree:
• 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 associate degree:
• Early Childhood: Infant Toddler, 903073
• Early Childhood Inclusion, 9030712
Ask your advisor about 2+2 transfer opportunities.

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Employment Potential

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

Early Childhood Teacher in Preschool or Group Childcare Centers/Head Start Teacher: plans and implements daily activities with concern for health, safety, and welfare for a designated group of children; supervises the assistant childcare teacher; 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.

Early Childhood Program Director, Day Camp Director, Child Care Center Administrator, Child Care Center Manager: The above positions may require responsibilities of one or more of the following items: responsible to the Board of Directors for day-to-day operations of entire school, including programming, facility, fiscal responsibilities, working knowledge of professional organizations for higher standards, providing customer service, and all human resource functions such as: hiring/firing, supervision, training, and evaluation of staff according to state requirements.

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Requirements for Program Entry

• Completed application.
• High school transcript or equivalent. (For a list of equivalents, go to www.nwtc.edu/gettingstarted.)
• 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 to include having a negative TB test. 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, 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 annually. A fee is charged for this service. Additional information will be provided upon acceptance into the program.

Program Availability

FULL TIME Spring 2019 Summer 2019 Fall 2019
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Curriculum
Students following the study plan below will complete the Early Childhood Education Associate Degree 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. For additional course and certificate offerings, refer to the information in the Early Childhood Team Site in the Related Links area at the right of this page.
FIRST SEMESTER
10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...Students will utilize digital tools and resources to assess, explore, practice, apply, and evaluate both employability and learning skills. By establishing NWTC cultural values as hallmarks of success in academic, career, and personal settings the course encourages reflective, personalized development of a growth mindset and emphasizes the importance of making wise choices. To maximize the return on investment, students should take this course in their first semester as it identifies key expectations (hidden rules) of higher learning and professional employment.
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/NUTRITION...health, 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.
10-307-151 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.
10-307-174 ECE: INTRODUCTORY PRACTICUM ...In this 3-credit practicum course you will learn about and apply the course competencies in an actual early childhood setting. You will explore the standards for quality early childhood education, demonstrate professional behaviors, and meet the requirements for training in the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards. (Prerequisites: Accepted in Early Childhood Program or Early Childhood Assistant Teacher Technical Diploma; Corequisite: 10-307-167 ECE: Hlth Safety & Nutrition; 10-890-101, College 101.)
10-307-110 ECE: Social Studies, Art & Music ...This 3-credit course will focus on beginning level curriculum development in the specific integrated content areas of social studies, art, music, & movement (SSAMM).
SEMESTER TOTAL
16
SECOND SEMESTER
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: Introductory Practicum OR accepted in Early Childhood Preschool Certificate 9030711)
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.
10-307-108 ECE: Early Language & Literacy ...This course explores strategies to encourage the development of early language and literacy knowledge and skill building in children birth to 8 years of age. Learners will investigate the components of literacy including; literacy and a source of enjoyment, vocabulary and oral language, phonological awareness, knowledge of print, letters and words, comprehension and an understanding of books and other texts. Theories and philosophies regarding children's language and literacy development will be addressed. Dual language learning will be examined within the context of developmentally appropriate practices. Assessment tools for early language and literacy acquisition will be reviewed.
10-307-175 ECE: PRESCHOOL PRACTICUM ...synthesizing the information and demonstrating mastery of the competencies through the completion of a portfolio. Capstone is the last course students take prior to completing the Preschool Credential. Student must be in an early childhood setting with preschool age children (3 to 5 years) during this course. (Prerequisites: 10-307-167 ECE: Hlth 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, ECE: Introductory Practicum; Accepted in Early Childhood Program or Early Childhood Assistant Teacher Technical Diploma OR Early Childhood Preschool Certificate; Corequisite: 10-890-101, College 101)
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)
SEMESTER TOTAL
15
THIRD SEMESTER
10-307-187 ECE: CHILDREN WITH DIFFERING ABILITIES ...differing abilities in early childhood settings. Anti-bias perspectives, inclusion, ADA/IDEA, typical and exceptional development; physical, cognitive, health/medical, communication, and/or behavioral/emotional disorders; community and professional resources; IEP/IFSP, adapt curriculum, cultivate partnerships. (Prerequisite: 10-307-175, ECE: Preschool Practicum OR accepted in Early Childhood Inclusion Certificate 9030712)
10-307-177 ECE: INTERMEDIATE PRACTICUM ...In this 3-credit course you will be implementing regulations and standards for quality early childhood education, applying knowledge of child development and positive guidance, utilizing observation and assessment techniques, and assessing developmentally appropriate environments for children. (Prerequisite: 10-307-175, ECE: Preschool Practicum and 10-307-187, ECE: Children with Differing Abilities; Corequisite: 10-890-101, College 101)
10-801-196 ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION ...the communication process, perception and self-concept, language, listening, nonverbal communication, interpersonal relationships, communication in groups and public communication; prepare and deliver an oral presentation. (Prerequisite: A placement value of 1400; OR Accuplacer Rdg score greater/equal to 55 AND Sentence Skills score greater/equal to 60; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND English score greater/equal to 16; OR preparatory course-contact an academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
10-809-172 INTRO TO DIVERSITY STUDIES...basic American values of justice and equality by teaching vocabulary, history of immigration/conquest, transcultural communication, legal liability, multicultural majority/minority relations, ageism, sexism, gender, sexual orientation, the disabled/ADA. (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)
10-809-196 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY ...the nature and variety of groups; inequality, race and ethnicity; family, population, social integration, and change; collective behavior; politics, economics, religion, education, and the effects of technology. (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)
SEMESTER TOTAL
15
FOURTH SEMESTER
10-307-195 ECE: FAMILY/COMMUNITY RELATIONSHIPS ...relationships with family/community in early childhood. Diversity and anti-bias perspectives in families and community; family patterns, trends, relationships; communication strategies; relationships with families; advocate for children/families; community resources.
10-307-112 ECE: STEM ...This 3-credit course will focus on beginning level curriculum development in the specific integrated content areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
10-307-199 ECE: ADVANCED PRACTICUM ...In this final 3-credit practicum course you will demonstrate competence in supporting child development through observation, assessment and implementation of teaching strategies as you work in and learn about and apply the course competencies in an actual early childhood setting. You will demonstrate a high level of skill in fostering relationships with children, families and early childhood professionals, and use skills learned in a lead teacher role to develop a career plan to transition from student to early childhood education professional. (Prerequisites: Accepted in Early Childhood Education program; 10-307-177, ECE: Intermediate Practicum; 10-890-101, College 101; Corequisite: 10-307-195, ECE: Family & Community Relations)
10-806-112 PRINCIPLES OF SUSTAINABILITY ...prepares the student to develop sustainable literacy, analyze the interconnections among the physical and biological sciences and environmental systems, summarize the effects of sustainability on health and well-being, analyze connections among social, economic, and environmental systems, employ energy conservation strategies to reduce the use of fossil fuels, investigate alternative energy options, evaluate options to current waste disposal and recycling in the U.S., and analyze approaches used by your community to promote and implement sustainability. (Prerequisite: A placement value of 3200; OR Accuplacer Reading score greater/equal to 55; OR ACT Reading score greater/equal to 15; OR preparatory courses-contact an academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
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)
SEMESTER TOTAL
15
TOTAL CREDITS
61
Curriculum Note
. Blended online class requires two/three Saturday visits to the Green Bay Campus for select courses.
. 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.
. 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. This course must be taken in the first semester.
. Students must earn a "C" or higher in all 10-307-XXX courses to successfully graduate the Early Childhood Associate Degree Program. 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

• 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.

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Note

• It is necessary to show good health as evidenced by a medical examination including having a TB test administered within three months before practicum (student teaching) placement.
• 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 polo 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.

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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 www.castlebranch.com. 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.

Study Abroad Opportunities

The International Programs staff continually seeks opportunities for students to travel abroad for educational experiences that may be offered in association with program courses. To find out more about which of your program courses may offer an opportunity during this academic year, contact your academic advisor or visit nwtc.edu/studyabroad.

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