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Associate Degree Program FAQs

View the Early Childhood Program.
Is the entire Early Childhood program online?
Do you have to be online at a particular time?
How long does it take to complete one three-credit course?
How many credits should I take at one time?
Do assignments have to be completed at a particular time?
How will I interact with my instructor?
Will I work in groups with other people online, or will I be expected to meet with others outside of class?
How is testing done in an online class?
Do I need to have my own computer to take these classes?
Is this program eligible for financial aid?
Do I have to be enrolled in the Associate Degree in order to take the Online classes?
Is every course in the program offered every semester?

Is the entire Early Childhood Program Online?
Yes. The program consists of 70 credits and is made up of Early Childhood Program classes, general education classes, and electives. All of those classes can be taken online. Two classes, Art, Music & Language Arts and Math, Science & Social Studies, are hybrid classes. This means they do require two Saturday visits each to the Green Bay Campus. If this is not possible, students may choose to be responsible for submitting a videotape of themselves demonstrating the required competencies.

Do you have to be online at a particular time?
No. Learners decide when they would like to do their course work. Learners interact with each other and with their instructor through the discussion board, which consists of a place to post comments, questions, answer questions, and share information.

How long does it take to complete one three-credit course?
If the three credit courses were held in the traditional face-to-face format they would meet for 45 hours. "Homework" or course work is in addition to this time and will vary from person to person. Since online learning takes place at the learner's pace, this amount of time will vary, but 45 hours could be considered average.

How many credits should I take at one time?
12 credits or more are considered a full-time course load. Take into account the following factors when deciding how many credits to take:

  • Do you work full time?
  • What are your family obligations?
  • How much support can you expect from others?
  • How long since you have been in school?
  • Have you taken an Online class before?
  • How easy is it for you to access a computer?
  • What is your personal learning style?

Do assignments have to be completed at a particular time?
Courses include due dates for assignments. We have found it is much easier to stay on track and successfully finish courses when instructors give due dates and students follow those dates. We recommend that you set up a regular weekly schedule to keep you on track. Learners can work ahead if they wish. It should be noted that the classes must be completed within the semester.

How will I interact with my instructor?
Primarily, you will use e-mail to interact with your instructor, along with discussion boards and chat rooms. However, you may also use the phone, fax, and traditional mail. Online instructors schedule face-to-face office hours, and students are always welcome to make an appointment.

Will I work in groups with other people online, or will I be expected to meet with others outside of class?
Some assignments will require that students contact one another online. Students may decide to meet face-to-face, but that will not be required.

How is testing done in an online class?
Testing, or assessment, is accomplished in a variety of ways in the online classes. You will not be required to come to the campus for testing, or complete traditional "closed book" exams or tests. We will assess your learning using short reflection papers, open-book quizzes, checklists, demonstrations, participation in discussion boards and chats. Important Note: General Studies classes have different testing requirements than our Early Childhood Program classes.

Do I need to have my own computer to take these classes?
No, but you do need access to the Internet. The Green Bay, Marinette, and Sturgeon Bay campuses have open computer labs where you could do the coursework. Our five Regional Learning Centers in Niagara, Oconto Falls, Crivitz, Shawano, and Luxemburg also have computers available to students. Many public libraries have computers for the public to use. Some of our students access our courses at the home of a family member, friend, or at their workplace.

Is this program eligible for financial aid?
Yes. Contact our Financial Aid office at 498-5444 or (800) 422-NWTC, ext. 5444, for the forms and more details. If you live in Wisconsin and are currently working in the child care field you may be eligible for a T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship. We can send you a brochure with more details.

Do I have to be enrolled in the Associate Degree in order to take the Online classes?
No. As long as you have fulfilled the prerequisites of a class, you may register. Students enrolled in a Certificate or in the Associate Degree may register early. Contact us to see if registration is open for the course you are interested in. In some cases, to insure quality, classes being offered Online for the first time may have limited enrollment.

Is every course in the program offered every semester?
No, however we have already planned out a year in advance what will be offered. Contact the Early Childhood program support staff for the latest schedule.

Questions?

Contact:

Stacey Felton

920-498-6255, or 1-800-422-NWTC, Ext. 6255

Mary Beth Boettcher

920-498-5410, or 1-800-422-NWTC, Ext. 5410

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