Basic Early Childhood Educator

Technical Diploma

Program number: 303078

Credits: 9

Area of Study: Education and Social Sciences

Estimated Program Cost:

Tuition - $1,228.50
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

Some of the courses for this program may be available 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 2020-2021 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 Graduates 27
    Number of Surveys Sent 24
    Number of Surveys Returned 21
    Percent of Surveys Returned 87.50%
    Available for Employment 4
    Percent Available for Employment 100.00%
    Not in Labor Market 17
    Percent Not in Labor Market 425.00%
    Available for Employment

    Graduates Employed 4
    Percent of Graduates Employed 100.00%
    Employed in Related Occupation 4
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation 100.00%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation 0
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 0.00%
    Employed - No Response 0
    Percent Employed - No Response 0.00%
    Seeking Employment 0
    Percent Seeking Employment 0.00%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.8 0 0
    Number of Satisfaction Responses 4
    Very Satisfied 3
    Percent Very Satisfied 75.00%
    Satisfied 1
    Percent Satisfied 25.00%
    Unsatisfied 0
    Percent Unsatisfied 0.00%
    Very Unsatisfied 0
    Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.00%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    Number of Primary Reason Responses 21
    Preparation for Getting a Job 0
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 0.00%
    Career Change 0
    Percent Career Change 0.00%
    Improvement of Existing Skills 2
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 9.50%
    Preparation for Further Education 19
    Percent Preparation for Further Education 90.50%
    Personal Interest 0
    Percent Personal Interest 0.00%
    Other 0
    Percent Other 0.00%
    When Employment was Obtained

    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 4
    Before Enrollment 2
    Percent Before Enrollment 50.00%
    While Attending the College 2
    Percent While Attending the College 50.00%
    After Training at the College 0
    Percent After Training at the College 0.00%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    Number of Employment Location Responses 4
    In College District 4
    Percent In College District 100.00%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District 0
    Percent of In Wisconsin 0.00%
    Outside of Wisconsin 0
    Percent Outside Wisconsin 0.00%
    Employer Location Unknown 0
    Percent Location Unknown 0.00%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend 2018
    Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 4
    Average Monthly Wage $2,091
    Average Hourly Wage $12.16
    Average Work Hours per Week 40
    Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count
    Average Hourly Wage
    Average Work Hours per Week
  • Graduate Employers
    Total Positions Open for academic year: 2018
    Wisconsin TechConnectTM Jobs* Madison Non-Madison
    Number of Full Time Positions Open
    Number of Part Time Positions Open
    Total Jobs
    Graduate Employers for academic year: 2018
    Employer(s) Job Title City** State*** Positions
    Lighthouse Christian School Preschool Teacher
    Reach Dane Family Outreach Worker
    St John The Baptist School Preschool Teacher Jefferson
    Unity Point Health Meriter Hospital Teacher
    YMCA Lead Teacher

    * - Wisconsin TechConnectTM jobs are posted through a statewide consortium operated and funded by all 16 of the technical colleges in Wisconsin.

    ** - Only cities outside of Madison will display.

    *** - Only states outside of Wisconsin will display.

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