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Early Childhood Education Preschool
Program Number: 303077
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:
21 Credits | Finish diploma in 1 year
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$2,582.10 Tuition
$240.66 Materials/Supplemental Costs
$256.00 Other Costs
  • Program Overview

    Research demonstrates that the best predictor of quality childcare is a teacher's level of education. The Early Childhood Education: Preschool embedded technical diploma at Madison College will prepare you with the skills needed to work as a teacher with children ages 3 - 5 years in early childhood settings.

     All 21 credits in this diploma are part of the Early Childhood Education associate degree program and also satisfy the academic requirement for the Registry Preschool Credential.  Students interested in earning their Registry Preschool Credential should contact Registry or contact us for more information.

    Upon admission to the program, you will complete a background and criminal history check form and submit it to the program director. Look for this form in your student email.  Information obtained from the background may affect your ability to secure a practicum placement.

    Prior to taking ECE: Introductory Practicum, you must show evidence of a physical examination including TB test using the State of Wisconsin Department of Children and Families Staff Health Report - Child Care Provider Form.

    Travel to fieldwork sites is necessary and is your responsibility.

    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 diploma contact us.

    Program Details

    This certificate is offered in English and in a Bilingual-Spanish/English format. Students in the Preschool Program can attend full or part time.

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

    • Madison - South
    • Online


    Earning your less than one-year technical diploma in the Preschool Education 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 2022-2023 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.

    First Semester
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    Second Semester
    3 credits
    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 2022

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is November 15, 2022

    Spring 2023

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is April 15, 2023

    Fall 2023

    • Application opens on September 15, 2022
    • Application completion deadline is November 15, 2023

    Spring 2024

    • Application opens on February 1, 2023
    • Application completion deadline is April 15, 2024

    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

    Students must submit official transcripts for 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
      • Note: Effective with the 2023-2024 year, this may be fulfilled with at least 30 credits completed with a minimum GPA of 2.0

    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.

  • Career Outcomes

    Madison College Early Childhood Education Preschool graduates are prepared to:

    • 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.
    • Graduate Summary

      Graduate Report Summary Overview

      2019 2020 2021
      Number of Program Graduates 39 19 25
      Number of Surveys Sent 39 19 25
      Number of Surveys Returned 22 2 23
      Percent of Surveys Returned 56.40% 10.50% 92.00%
      Available for Employment 4 1 8
      Percent Available for Employment 66.70% 50.00% 47.10%
      Not in Labor Market 18 1 15
      Percent Not in Labor Market 300.00% 50.00% 88.20%
      Available for Employment

      2019 2020 2021
      Graduates Employed 4 1 7
      Percent of Graduates Employed 100.00% 100.00% 87.50%
      Employed in Related Occupation 2 1 7
      Percent Employed in Related Occupation 50.00% 100.00% 100.00%
      Employed in Unrelated Occupation 2 0 0
      Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 50.00% 0.00% 0.00%
      Employed - No Response 0 0 0
      Percent Employed - No Response 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
      Seeking Employment 0 0 1
      Percent Seeking Employment 0.00% 0.00% 12.50%
      Reaction To Training at Madison College

      2019 2020 2021
      Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.8 4 3.5
      Number of Satisfaction Responses 6 2 17
      Very Satisfied (4) 5 2 10
      Percent Very Satisfied 83.30% 100.00% 58.80%
      Satisfied (3) 1 0 6
      Percent Satisfied 16.70% 0.00% 35.30%
      Unsatisfied (2) 0 0 0
      Percent Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
      Very Unsatisfed (1) 0 0 1
      Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 5.90%
      Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

      2019 2020 2021
      Number of Primary Reason Responses 22 2 23
      Preparation for Getting a Job 2 0 5
      Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 9.10% 0.00% 21.70%
      Career Change 0 0 2
      Percent Career Change 0.00% 0.00% 8.70%
      Improvement of Existing Skills 2 1 2
      Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 9.10% 50.00% 8.70%
      Preparation for Further Education 18 1 13
      Percent Preparation for Further Education 81.80% 50.00% 56.50%
      Personal Interest 0 0 1
      Percent Personal Interest 0.00% 0.00% 4.30%
      Other 0 0 0
      Percent Other 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
      When Employment was Obtained

      2019 2020 2021
      Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 4 1 7
      Before Enrollment 0 0 6
      Percent Before Enrollment 0.00% 0.00% 85.70%
      While Attending the College 3 1 0
      Percent While Attending the College 75.00% 100.00% 0.00%
      After Training at the College 1 0 1
      Percent After Training at the College 25.00% 0.00% 14.30%
      Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

      2019 2020 2021
      Number of Employment Location Responses 4 1 7
      In College District 4 1 7
      Percent In College District 100.00% 100.00% 100.00%
      In Wisconsin, Not in District 0 0 0
      Percent of In Wisconsin 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
      Outside of Wisconsin 0 0 0
      Percent Outside Wisconsin 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
      Employer Location Unknown 0 0 0
      Percent Location Unknown 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
      Salary Trend
      Salary Trend 2019 2020 2021
      Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 1 4
      Average Monthly Wage $1,251 $2,530
      Average Hourly Wage $7.27 $14.71
      Average Work Hours per Week 55 40.4
      Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 2
      Average Hourly Wage $13.75
      Average Work Hours per Week 30
    • Graduate Employers

      Graduate Employers for academic year: 2021
      Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions
      Bright Beginnings Day School Assistant Teacher
      Creative Learning Day Care & Preschool Teacher
      Heart Of Brooklyn Lead Toddler Teacher Brooklyn
      Leap Academy 4K Teacher
      Little Adventures Early Learning Center Lead Daycare Teacher Columbus
      Stoner Prairie Elementary School Special Education Assistant Aide Teacher Fitchburg

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      ** - Only states outside of Wisconsin will display.

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