Early Childhood Education
60 Credits | 2 Years
Associate Degree | Financial Aid-Eligible
New Richmond, Rice Lake, Superior
Career Cluster: Education & Training
This program will be modified for the 2023-2024 academic year pending WTCS approval. Please contact an Admissions Advisor if interested or have questions.
Early childhood educators work with young children during the pivotal years that build the foundation for future success. They use play, science, art, language, math and music to help young children of all abilities and backgrounds develop physically, cognitively, socially and emotionally. If you have a passion for education and creativity, and you enjoy working with young children, consider a fun and rewarding career in early childhood education!
The Early Childhood Education program will prepare you to work as a teacher or caregiver in an early childhood setting. You will have the opportunity to combine hands-on learning and student teaching experiences in community-based early childhood settings with related academic work at the college. As a student, you’ll take a variety of courses related to early childhood development, curriculum, behavior guidance and working with families that will prepare you for success in this high-demand field. Graduates of this program will be recognized as Wisconsin Registry Career Level 12.
Early Childhood Education graduates will be able to:
- Apply child development theory to practice
- Cultivate relationships with children, family, and the community
- Assess child growth and development
- Use effective, research-based practices in teaching and learning
- Demonstrate professionalism
- Integrate health, safety, and nutrition practices
In this program, you'll apply what you learn in the classroom to real-world field experiences within community-based childcare settings. Readily access teaching and learning materials, equipment, and resources within open lab environments.
Learn by doing.
University transfer opportunities.
All required program coursework is part of the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) statewide curriculum, which aligns with Wisconsin’s YoungStar requirements and allows for numerous seamless transfer opportunities between area technical colleges and baccalaureate degree-granting colleges and universities. Graduates of this program will be recognized by The Registry, Wisconsin’s recognition system for the childhood care and education profession, as Wisconsin Registry Career Level 12.
As a student of this program, you may be eligible for the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood WISCONSIN scholarship. T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® WISCONSIN provides higher education scholarships to professionals who work in regulated early childhood and school age care settings seeking approved credit-based education, such as the Early Childhood Education associate degree.
Strong Employment for Grads
The demand for early childhood professionals continues to increase as parents look for providers who can guide their child’s development. According to Northwood Tech’s 2020-2021 Graduate Survey Responses, 87 percent of early childhood education graduates were employed within six months of graduating.
As an Early Childhood Education student at Northwood Tech, you can earn credentials each step of the way! Graduates of this program will earn an
E-Connect Child Care Services technical diploma and a Group Child Care Essentials pathway certificate.
Experienced Instructors, Small Class Sizes
You’ll learn from knowledgeable and passionate instructors who care about your success. Small class sizes allow you to connect and interact with your instructors and classmates in fun and meaningful ways.
Courses address the essential theoretical and practical instruction to develop skills in early childhood education procedures and professionalism.
Early Childhood Education is Part of a Career Pathway
As an Early Childhood Education student at Northwood Tech, you can earn credentials each step of the way!
You could take this first and get a credential.
Advance your skills to earn a technical diploma.
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Continue your education to earn your bachelor's degree.
Admissions and Tuition
Northwood Tech has an easy admission process that can be completed in one visit. Please see the details under the "Requirements and Application" section to get started.
Tuition and Fees
Northwood Tech breaks down the cost of education, so you'll have a good idea of how much your education will cost.
Financial aid is available to help you pay for your education. It can come in the form of grants, loans, federal work-study, military and veterans benefits, division of vocational rehabilitation benefits, and scholarships.
Estimated Total Program Costs 2023-24*
Early Childhood Education
60 Credits | 2 Years
*Tuition is an estimate and does not include any miscellaneous fees for various courses, tools, books, supplies or uniforms. Program book costs are in addition to tuition and fees and vary depending on course selection and where the books are purchased or rented.
After the Northwood Tech Early Childhood Education Program
Upon completion of the program, you will earn a pathway certificate in Group Child Care Essentials, a technical diploma in E-Connect - Child Care Services, and an associate degree in Early Childhood Education.
Transfer your Northwood Tech credits to a four-year college to earn your bachelor's degree and beyond.
Northwood Tech's graduates experience success. Learn more about the types of careers you can get after graduation.
T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® WISCONSIN provides higher education scholarships to professionals who work in regulated early childhood and school age care settings. Since its inception in 1999, T.E.A.CH. has provided more than 14,000 scholarships to over 8,000 early childhood teachers.
Learn more about T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® WISCONSIN here.
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Professional Licensure and/or Certification Information
Northwood Tech’s Early Childhood Education Associate Degree is designed to prepare students to obtain the required licensure to be employed/practice in the state of Wisconsin. However, Northwood Tech has not made a determination whether this program meets licensure requirements in states other than Wisconsin. Students who may be seeking professional licensure or certification in states other than Wisconsin should contact the appropriate licensing board in that state to verify that the Northwood Tech program meets licensure or certification requirements.
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