Early Childhood Education

Associate Degree in Applied Science

Program number: 103071


The Early Childhood Education associate degree program at Madison College prepares you to work as a teacher-caregiver in early childhood settings. It combines hands-on fieldwork in area centers with related academic work at the college. Graduates become responsible for the care and education of children in the birth-to-6 age range. They create and maintain safe and healthy play environments, guide behavior, plan and implement learning activities, and work cooperatively with staff and parents. Success in the field depends on a caring attitude, showing respect for children and adults, flexibility, good judgment, dependability and effective communication skills.

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 degree contact the program director.

Program Details

Early Childhood Education is on a career pathway that includes this associate degree, a technical diploma, an infant and toddler certificate, a preschool diploma  and a basic educator diploma. All will prepare you for a good job and with the associate degree, you can transfer to another college to earn your bachelor’s degree. Learn at your own pace and increase your earning potential with credentials that keep you moving on your career path.

We are in the process of gaining accreditation through National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Students in Early Childhood Education can attend full or part time.

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

  • Madison - South

Explore financial aid eligibility for this program.

Some of the courses for this program may be available online.

Early Childhood Education


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 the Enrollment Center at EnrollmentServices@madisoncollege.edu or (608) 246-6210.



Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2019-2020 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.


Madison College Early Childhood Education 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.

Earning your associate degree in the Early Childhood Education program at Madison Area Technical College prepares you for valuable work as:

  • Child Care Teachers
    Work in full-day and part-day child care programs, nursery schools and Head Start programs.
  • Child Care Assistant Teachers
    Work under the supervision of a child care teacher.
  • Family Child Care Providers
    Care for eight children or less in provider's home.
  • Infant or Toddler Caregivers
    Care for children under two years of age.
  • In-home Providers/Nannies
    Provide care in the child's home.
  • Early Childhood Educational Assistants
    Work in district approved early childhood programs, and four-years-old kindergarten programs.
  • Early Childhood Special Needs Assistants
    Work in district approved early childhood programs, and four-years-old kindergarten programs.
  • Directors/Administrators
    Are responsible for managing child care centers and planning and implementing program.

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  • Estimated Program Cost
    # of Credits for Completion
    Materials/Supplemental Costs
    Other Costs
    Total Estimated Program Costs:
    (book costs not included)
  • Graduate Summary
    Graduate Report Summary Overview

    2016 2017 2018
    Number of Program Graduates 28 31 28
    Number of Surveys Sent 27 31 28
    Number of Surveys Returned 23 16 11
    Percent of Surveys Returned 85.20% 51.60% 39.30%
    Available for Employment 23 16 10
    Percent Available for Employment 100.00% 100.00% 90.90%
    Not in Labor Market 0 0 1
    Percent Not in Labor Market 0.00% 0.00% 9.10%
    Available for Employment

    2016 2017 2018
    Graduates Employed 22 16 9
    Percent of Graduates Employed 95.70% 100.00% 90.00%
    Employed in Related Occupation 22 16 9
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation 100.00% 100.00% 100.00%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation 0 0 0
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Employed - No Response 0 0 0
    Percent Employed - No Response 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Seeking Employment 1 0 1
    Percent Seeking Employment 4.30% 0.00% 10.00%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    2016 2017 2018
    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.8 3.5 3.8
    Number of Satisfaction Responses 23 16 11
    Very Satisfied 18 10 9
    Percent Very Satisfied 78.30% 62.50% 81.80%
    Satisfied 5 5 2
    Percent Satisfied 21.70% 31.30% 18.20%
    Unsatisfied 0 0 0
    Percent Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Very Unsatisfied 0 1 0
    Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.00% 6.30% 0.00%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    2016 2017 2018
    Number of Primary Reason Responses 23 16 11
    Preparation for Getting a Job 8 9 2
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 34.80% 56.30% 18.20%
    Career Change 2 2 1
    Percent Career Change 8.70% 12.50% 9.10%
    Improvement of Existing Skills 5 3 4
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 21.70% 18.80% 36.40%
    Preparation for Further Education 5 2 2
    Percent Preparation for Further Education 21.70% 12.50% 18.20%
    Personal Interest 3 0 1
    Percent Personal Interest 13.00% 0.00% 9.10%
    Other 0 0 1
    Percent Other 0.00% 0.00% 9.10%
    When Employment was Obtained

    2016 2017 2018
    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 22 16 9
    Before Enrollment 7 4 2
    Percent Before Enrollment 31.80% 25.00% 22.20%
    While Attending the College 8 4 4
    Percent While Attending the College 36.40% 25.00% 44.40%
    After Training at the College 7 8 3
    Percent After Training at the College 31.80% 50.00% 33.30%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    2016 2017 2018
    Number of Employment Location Responses 22 16 9
    In College District 18 14 8
    Percent In College District 81.80% 87.50% 88.90%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District 1 0 0
    Percent of In Wisconsin 4.50% 0.00% 0.00%
    Outside of Wisconsin 1 2 1
    Percent Outside Wisconsin 4.50% 12.50% 11.10%
    Employer Location Unknown 2 0 0
    Percent Location Unknown 9.10% 0.00% 0.00%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend 2016 2017 2018
    Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 17 9 7
    Average Monthly Wage $2,299 $2,480 $2,951
    Average Hourly Wage $13.37 $14.42 $17.16
    Average Work Hours per Week 39.4 42.3 40.9
    Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 1 4 2
    Average Hourly Wage $120.01 $15.09 $13.91
    Average Work Hours per Week 25 24.8 24
  • Graduate Employers
    Total Positions Open for academic year: 2018
    Wisconsin TechConnectTM Jobs* Madison Non-Madison
    Number of Full Time Positions Open 317 983
    Number of Part Time Positions Open 363 1,475
    Total Jobs 680 2,458
    Graduate Employers for academic year: 2018
    Employer(s) Job Title City** State*** Positions
    Country Creek Learning Center Teacher DeForest
    Honeybees Teacher Assistant
    Leap Academy Childcare Teacher Waunakee
    Little University Of Vienna Preschool Teahcer DeForest
    St John The Baptist School Preschool Teacher Jefferson
    Step By Step Teacher Baltimore MD
    Tender Heart Daycare Home Daycare Lodi
    Toad Hill Montessori Assistant Teacher
    Wisconsin Dells School Teacher Assistant Wisconsin Dells

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

    **** - If you have a position to post, please contact Career and Employment Services at techconnect@madisoncollege.edu