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Academic Year: 2021-2022

Early Childhood Education Associate Degree

Program Code 103071

The Early Childhood Education program prepares students to work as teacher-caregivers in early childhood settings. It combines hands-on fieldwork in area centers with related academic work at the college. Graduates become responsible for the care and education of children in the birth-to-eight-years age range. They create and maintain safe and healthy play environments, guide behavior, plan and implement learning activities, and work cooperatively with staff and parents.

Average Starting Salary

$27,402.00FT Median Annual Wage
83%

Graduate Employment

With 67% Employed in Field

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This program is offered at:

Green Bay

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.

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. A fee is charged for this service. Must be completed to be accepted to the program.
  • Attend mandatory program orientation.
Curriculum
Curriculum: Students following the study plan below will complete the Early Childhood Education Associate Degree in the number of semesters shown. Courses are offered in person, online, web conference 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 on the NWTC website.
First Semester
Semester Total
16
Second Semester
Semester Total
15
Third Semester
Semester Total
15
Fourth Semester
Semester Total
15
Total Credits
61

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.

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.

The Preschool Practicum is for students enrolled in the Early Childhood Associate Degree and the Preschool Credential. Students taking the Preschool Practicum class for the Preschool Credential need to be working with preschool age children in their workplace. Students taking the Preschool Practicum class for the Early Childhood Associate Degree will be placed in a preschool classroom to complete their required practicum hours.

Course Descriptions