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Basic Early Childhood Educator
Program Number: 303078
Your Degree:
Technical Diploma
Area of Study:
Education and Social Sciences
Delivery Method:
100% In Person
Some Online/Some In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
9 Credits | Finish diploma in 1 semester
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  • Program Overview

    The Basic Early Childhood Educator embedded technical diploma from Madison College meets the basic requirements to work as a teacher in early childhood settings. All nine credits are also part of the Preschool embedded technical diploma. (Formerly Early Childhood Education Entry Level Provider certificate.)

    Some courses in the program involve preparation of learning materials, field trips, etc. that may involve additional expenses.

    To learn how your experience could count toward your degree contact

    Program Details

    Students in the Basic Early Childhood Educator program can attend full or part time.

    Early Childhood Education courses may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

    • Madison - South
    • Online


    Earning your less than one year technical diploma in the Basic Early Childhood Educator program at Madison Area Technical College prepares you for valuable work as:

    • Child Care Teacher
      Work in full-day and part-day child care programs, or nursery schools
    • Child Care Assistant Teacher
      Work under the supervision of a child care lead teacher in childcare programs or Head Start programs
    • Family Child Care Provider
      Care for eight children or less in provider's home.
    • In-home Provider/Nanny
      Provide care in the child's home.
  • Curriculum and Experience

    Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2024-2025 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

    Current and newly admitted program students, go directly to your Degree Progress Report to view:

    • Progress toward your specific requirements
    • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

    If you have questions after reviewing your degree progress report (advisement report), please see Advising Services.

    Required Courses
    3 credits
    3 credits
  • Admission

    To Apply

    Earning a degree is a great way to advance your career development opportunities, so apply today!

    International students who wish to apply for, maintain, or transfer their F-1 student visa status to Madison College are required to complete the International Admission Process.

    Note: It is recommended to only apply for a semester that has already started if you are currently enrolled in classes or you have verified that classes are still available for that semester.

    Application Dates

    Fall 2024

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is November 15, 2024

    Spring 2025

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is April 15, 2025

    Admission Requirements

    All materials must be submitted by the application deadline.

    1. Admission Application

    The online application allows you to save your work as you complete it and ensures fast, secure delivery to our office.

    2. Education Completion

    Official transcripts must be sent from the institutions you attended and indicate one of the following:

    • High school (current high school seniors may submit an in-progress transcript)
    • GED/HSED transcript
    • College transcript(s) showing:
      • Completion of an associate degree or higher, or
      • At least 30 credits completed with a minimum GPA of 2.0 on a 4-point scale
        • The credits must be completed at a single college and cannot be combined with other transcripts
        • Any transfer credit listed on a transcript does not count toward the 30-credit minimum

    All high school and/or college transcripts are recommended to be submitted for Credit for Prior Learning evaluation.

    Additional Notes

    • Class capacity is limited and is available on a first come, first served basis.
    • Course prerequisites differ from admission requirements; admission into a program does not guarantee eligibility to enroll in courses or success in the program. Refer to program curriculum for details.

    After Acceptance

    Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at Madison College.


    Contact the Enrollment Center at or 608.246.6210.

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    Get Started!

    Apply to Madison College and take the first step towards your Basic Early Childhood Educator career.

    It's Free to Apply

  • Career Outcomes

    • Graduate Summary

      Graduate Report Summary Overview

      Number of Program Graduates225034
      Number of Surveys Sent225034
      Number of Surveys Returned24426
      Percent of Surveys Returned
      Available for Employment2138
      Percent Available for Employment100.00%65.00%88.90%
      Not in Labor Market
      Percent Not in Labor Market0.00%155.00%200.00%
      Available for Employment

      Graduates Employed2127
      Percent of Graduates Employed100.00%92.30%87.50%
      Employed in Related Occupation1116
      Percent Employed in Related Occupation50.00%91.70%85.70%
      Employed in Unrelated Occupation111
      Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation50.00%8.30%14.30%
      Employed - No Response000
      Percent Employed - No Response0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Seeking Employment011
      Percent Seeking Employment0.00%7.70%12.50%
      Reaction To Training at Madison College

      Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)43.53.6
      Number of Satisfaction Responses2209
      Very Satisfied (4)2105
      Percent Very Satisfied100.00%50.00%55.60%
      Satisfied (3)0104
      Percent Satisfied0.00%50.00%44.40%
      Unsatisfied (2)000
      Percent Unsatisfied0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Very Unsatisfed (1)000
      Percent Very Unsatisfied0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

      Number of Primary Reason Responses24426
      Preparation for Getting a Job134
      Percent Preparation for Getting a Job50.00%6.80%15.40%
      Career Change020
      Percent Career Change0.00%4.50%0.00%
      Improvement of Existing Skills054
      Percent Improvement of Existing Skills0.00%11.40%15.40%
      Preparation for Further Education03218
      Percent Preparation for Further Education0.00%72.70%69.20%
      Personal Interest120
      Percent Personal Interest50.00%4.50%0.00%
      Percent Other0.00%0.00%0.00%
      When Employment was Obtained

      Number of When Employment Obtained Responses2127
      Before Enrollment2103
      Percent Before Enrollment100.00%83.30%42.90%
      While Attending the College014
      Percent While Attending the College0.00%8.30%57.10%
      After Training at the College010
      Percent After Training at the College0.00%8.30%0.00%
      Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

      Number of Employment Location Responses2126
      In College District2126
      Percent In College District100.00%100.00%100.00%
      In Wisconsin, Not in District000
      Percent of In Wisconsin0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Outside of Wisconsin000
      Percent Outside Wisconsin0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Employer Location Unknown000
      Percent Location Unknown0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Salary Trend
      Salary Trend202020212022
      Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count185
      Average Monthly Wage$2,258$2,733$2,604
      Average Hourly Wage$13.13$15.89$15.14
      Average Work Hours per Week3540.839.6
      Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count21
      Average Hourly Wage$13.75$18.00
      Average Work Hours per Week3030
    • Graduate Employers

      Graduate Employers for academic year: 2022
      Employer(s)Job TitleCity*State**Positions
      Gingerbread HouseDaycare ProviderStoughton
      Marshall School DistrictParaprofessionalMarshall
      Primrose School of MiddletonTeacherMiddleton
      Private IndividualTeacherHoricon
      Rock-A-ByeLead TeacherSun Prairie
      Smart Start DaycareDaycare TeacherMontello

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