The Early Childhood Education technical diploma from Madison College prepares you to work as an assistant teacher-caregiver in early childhood settings. It combines hands-on fieldwork in area centers with related academic work at the college. Graduates are prepared to assist in the care and education of children in the birth-to-6-years age range. You will create and maintain safe and healthy play environments, guide behavior, plan and implement learning activities, and work cooperatively with staff and parents.
Graduates are eligible to submit a portfolio of their competencies to the Registry: Wisconsin’s Recognition System for the Child Care and Education Profession and to apply for the Wisconsin Preschool Profession Credential. Upon completion of the Early Childhood Education technical diploma, students may transfer directly into the Applied Associate of Science Degree of Early Childhood Education as the courses in this technical diploma are part of the Applied Associate ECE degree.
Prior to taking ECE: Practicum 1, 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 and must complete a Background Information Disclosure and Criminal History Check (CHC) prior to placement in the Early Childhood Education Practicum courses. Information obtained from the CHC may affect your ability to secure a practicum placement.
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.
The Wisconsin Early Childhood Association offers credit for prior learning. To learn how your experience could count toward your degree contact the program director.
Students in the Childcare Services Program may attend part time.
Early Childhood Education courses may be offered at these Madison College campuses:
- Madison - Downtown
- Madison - South