Basic Early Childhood Educator



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Technical Diploma

Program Number: 303078

Credits: 9

Area of Study: Education and Social Sciences

Delivery Method:
100% In Person*
Some Online / Some In Person*

Estimated Program Cost:

Tuition - $1,269.00
Materials/Supplemental Costs
Other Costs
Total Estimated Program Costs*:

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.)

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 the program director.

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

To Apply

After Acceptance

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


Contact Enrollment Services at or (608) 246-6210.


Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2021-2022 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

Current program students (including newly admitted), go directly to your Degree Progress Report (also referred to as an Advising Report or Academic Requirements) to view:

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

If you have questions after reviewing your report, please see Advising Services.


There are currently no Transfer Partnerships for this program. Review our Transfer Opportunities page for information on all Madison College transfer options.


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.
  • Graduate Summary
    Graduate Report Summary Overview

    Number of Program Graduates274122
    Number of Surveys Sent244122
    Number of Surveys Returned21272
    Percent of Surveys Returned87.5%65.9%9.1%
    Available for Employment432
    Percent Available for Employment100.0%100.0%100.0%
    Not in Labor Market17240
    Percent Not in Labor Market425.0%800.0%0.0%
    Available for Employment

    Graduates Employed432
    Percent of Graduates Employed100.0%100.0%100.0%
    Employed in Related Occupation431
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation100.0%100.0%50.0%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation001
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation0.0%0.0%50.0%
    Employed - No Response000
    Percent Employed - No Response0.0%0.0%0.0%
    Seeking Employment000
    Percent Seeking Employment0.0%0.0%0.0%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)3.83.74
    Number of Satisfaction Responses432
    Very Satisfied (4)322
    Percent Very Satisfied75.0%66.7%100.0%
    Satisfied (3)110
    Percent Satisfied25.0%33.3%0.0%
    Unsatisfied (2)000
    Percent Unsatisfied0.0%0.0%0.0%
    Very Unsatisfed (1)000
    Percent Very Unsatisfied0.0%0.0%0.0%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    Number of Primary Reason Responses21272
    Preparation for Getting a Job001
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job0.0%0.0%50.0%
    Career Change010
    Percent Career Change0.0%3.7%0.0%
    Improvement of Existing Skills210
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills9.5%3.7%0.0%
    Preparation for Further Education19250
    Percent Preparation for Further Education90.5%92.6%0.0%
    Personal Interest001
    Percent Personal Interest0.0%0.0%50.0%
    Percent Other0.0%0.0%0.0%
    When Employment was Obtained

    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses432
    Before Enrollment212
    Percent Before Enrollment50.0%33.3%100.0%
    While Attending the College210
    Percent While Attending the College50.0%33.3%0.0%
    After Training at the College010
    Percent After Training at the College0.0%33.3%0.0%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    Number of Employment Location Responses432
    In College District432
    Percent In College District100.0%100.0%100.0%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District000
    Percent of In Wisconsin0.0%0.0%0.0%
    Outside of Wisconsin000
    Percent Outside Wisconsin0.0%0.0%0.0%
    Employer Location Unknown000
    Percent Location Unknown0.0%0.0%0.0%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend201820192020
    Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count421
    Average Monthly Wage$2,091$2,666$2,258
    Average Hourly Wage$12.16$15.50$13.13
    Average Work Hours per Week40.040.035.0
    Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count0
    Average Hourly Wage
    Average Work Hours per Week30.0
  • Graduate Employers
    Graduate Employers for academic year: 2019
    Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions
    Boys and Girls Club Lead Teacher
    New Era Learning Care Owner/Provider Family Child Care

    * - Only cities outside of Madison will display.

    ** - Only states outside of Wisconsin will display.

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