Early Childhood Education

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Associate Degree

Program Number: 103071

Credits: 60

Area of Study: Education and Social Sciences

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

Financial Aid Available

Estimated Program Cost:

Tuition - $8,334.00
Materials/Supplemental Costs
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$922.50
Other Costs
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$256.00
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Total Estimated Program Costs*:
Overview

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

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Early Childhood Education
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Admission

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. 

Questions?

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

 

Curriculum

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.

Transfer

Madison College has the following Transfer Partnerships for this program. Review the list and identify the right college or university to earn your bachelor’s degree. 

After you identify your best transfer options, review the steps to transfer, attend transfer events, and meet with your program advisor every semester to keep your transfer plans on track.

Wisconsin Schools

Details
Students who complete any associate degree at Madison Area Technical College will have no additional general education core curriculum requirements to meet but must satisfy the Kirkpatrick Signature Series requirement. This applies to students who are pursuing a bachelors of arts, bachelors of science or bachelors of fine arts at Bellevue University.
Details
Per the agreement, students must complete the associates of arts, associates of science or associates of applied science with an overall GPA of a 2.0 prior to transferring. Articulation agreement is for students who graduate from appropriate program and wish to pursue one of the following degrees at Capella: Bachelor of Science in Business specializations, Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, Bachelor of Science in Public Safety specializations, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (must hold a valid RN license) and Bachelor of Science in Psychology.
Details
Due to individual variations in how WTCS general education requirements are met, transfer results will vary. The list of recommended courses to meet Core requirements is to be used for course planning at the associate level. A grade of "C-" or better is needed for the course to fulfill the specified requirement. The written and oral communication requirements must be passed with a "B-" or better.
Details
Students must complete the Early Childhood Education Applied Associates degree and meet admission requirements of Concordia University Wisconsin. Students must complete at least 48 credits at Concordia. Bachelor degree completion program can be for licensure birth to grade 3. Students may have additional testing requirements. This agreement is with all Wisconsin Technical College System schools.
Details
Students will be granted admission to a bachelors degree program upon completion of an approved transfer program at Madison College. Students must have earned a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater while at Madison College. Regardless of the number of credits transferred students must complete at least 25% of their baccalaureate degree credits at Herzing University University.
Details
Student who earn an Associate Degree from Madison College can transfer a minimum of 60 credits and a maximum of 72 credits to Lakeland College to be applied to the requirements of the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Sciences degree.
Details
Students must meet admission requirements including a cumulative GPA of 2.0 for all transferring credits. Students may transfer in up to 39 program credits and up to an additional 33 credits from coursework that meets general education requirements. Students must meet UWM‘s general education and cultural diversity requirements and School of Education Early Childhood Education degree requirements.
Details
The terms of the Leadership & Org Studies agreement are limited to students who complete an associates of applied science degree and are admitted to the Organizational Studies emphasis of the Leadership and Organizational Studies at UW O. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. The terms of the Human Services Leadership agreement are limited to students who have complete an associates of applied science degree and have been admitted to the Human Services Leadership degree at UW O. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
Details
Students who complete the early childhood education program at Madison College should anticipate completing 20 general education credits and 59 credits of early childhood (major) coursework at UW RF to fulfill the requirements of the comprehensive Early Childhood major. A minimum grade point average of 2.75 is required for transfer (from all institutions attended).
Details
WTCS wide agreement. Madison College students who successfully complete an A.A.S. degree or approved coursework after July 1, 2006 in Early Childhood Education wishing to transfer to UWSP will be awarded the credits per the agreement toward a BS degree in Early Childhood Education.
Details
Students must complete the AAS- Early Childhood Education degree at Madison College and meet UW Stout‘s admission requirements. Admission to UW Stout does not guarantee admission to a professional program. Education majors are admitted as pre-education and acceptance into the UW Stout professional program is based upon academic and non-academic factors. Minimum GPA of 2.75 on transferable work is required for education majors. UW Stout will apply 44 of the 69 ECE program credits toward their BS in Early Childhood Education. UW Stout will apply up to 54 credits of the ECE program toward their BS in Human Development and Family.
Details
This agreement supports the UW Superior Early Childhood-Minor program. Students must complete the identified course work with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher to be considered for this agreement. WTCS general education courses may transfer to fulfill UW Superior general education requirements. All UW Superior general education core and knowledge category requirements not met by transfer credit and must be completed prior to graduation. This minor when combined with an Elementary Education major can lead to certification for licensure as an EC teacher in WI (birth-6th grade)
Details
Students who complete the Early Childhood Education program at Madison College may have up to 48 credits awarded toward a B.A. or B.S. degree in Early Child Care and Education. The 48 credits will be assigned in a block equivalency and via individual course-by-course equivalencies. General education requirements will be accepted on a course-by-course basis.
Details
Students who complete the early childhood education program can transfer up to 65 credits toward the Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Leadership offered through the College of Adult and Graduate Studies.

Non-Wisconsin Schools

Details
The Early Childhood Education associate‘s degree will be transferred as a block covering General Education requirements as appropriate to each degree program. This does not constitute a waiver of any course required to earn a particular major. Students must complete the associates degree with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
Details
Students who complete any associate degree at Madison Area Technical College will have no additional general education core curriculum requirements to meet but must satisfy the Kirkpatrick Signature Series requirement. This applies to students who are pursuing a bachelors of arts, bachelors of science or bachelors of fine arts at Bellevue University.
Details
Per the agreement, students must complete the associates of arts, associates of science or associates of applied science with an overall GPA of a 2.0 prior to transferring. Articulation agreement is for students who graduate from appropriate program and wish to pursue one of the following degrees at Capella: Bachelor of Science in Business specializations, Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, Bachelor of Science in Public Safety specializations, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (must hold a valid RN license) and Bachelor of Science in Psychology.
Details
Students graduating with an associate degree from MATC with a 2.0 GPA or higher are guaranteed admissions into CSU-Global and can transfer up to 64 semester credits from MATC to be applied toward earning a Bachelor’s Degree at CSU-Global.
Details
Students must complete the Early Childhood Education Applied Associates degree and meet admission requirements of Concordia University Wisconsin. Students must complete at least 48 credits at Concordia. Bachelor degree completion program can be for licensure birth to grade 3. Students may have additional testing requirements. This agreement is with all Wisconsin Technical College System schools.
Details
Franklin University will guarantee acceptance of all Madison College graduates with an Associate in Arts, Associate in Science or Associate of Applied Science. Madison College graduates will have junior standing at Franklin University and may transfer additional credits (up to a maximum of 94) toward their baccalaureate degree.
Details
Students will be granted admission to a bachelors degree program upon completion of an approved transfer program at Madison College. Students must have earned a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater while at Madison College. Regardless of the number of credits transferred students must complete at least 25% of their baccalaureate degree credits at Herzing University University.
Outcomes

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.
Careers

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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  • Graduate Summary
    Graduate Report Summary Overview

    201720182019
    Number of Program Graduates312817
    Number of Surveys Sent312817
    Number of Surveys Returned161112
    Percent of Surveys Returned51.60%39.30%70.60%
    Available for Employment161012
    Percent Available for Employment100.00%90.90%100.00%
    Not in Labor Market010
    Percent Not in Labor Market0.00%9.10%0.00%
    Available for Employment

    201720182019
    Graduates Employed16912
    Percent of Graduates Employed100.00%90.00%100.00%
    Employed in Related Occupation16912
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation100.00%100.00%100.00%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation000
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation0.00%0.00%0.00%
    Employed - No Response000
    Percent Employed - No Response0.00%0.00%0.00%
    Seeking Employment010
    Percent Seeking Employment0.00%10.00%0.00%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    201720182019
    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)3.53.83.8
    Number of Satisfaction Responses161112
    Very Satisfied (4)10910
    Percent Very Satisfied62.50%81.80%83.30%
    Satisfied (3)522
    Percent Satisfied31.30%18.20%16.70%
    Unsatisfied (2)000
    Percent Unsatisfied0.00%0.00%0.00%
    Very Unsatisfed (1)100
    Percent Very Unsatisfied6.30%0.00%0.00%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    201720182019
    Number of Primary Reason Responses161112
    Preparation for Getting a Job923
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job56.30%18.20%25.00%
    Career Change211
    Percent Career Change12.50%9.10%8.30%
    Improvement of Existing Skills343
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills18.80%36.40%25.00%
    Preparation for Further Education225
    Percent Preparation for Further Education12.50%18.20%41.70%
    Personal Interest010
    Percent Personal Interest0.00%9.10%0.00%
    Other010
    Percent Other0.00%9.10%0.00%
    When Employment was Obtained

    201720182019
    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses16912
    Before Enrollment425
    Percent Before Enrollment25.00%22.20%41.70%
    While Attending the College446
    Percent While Attending the College25.00%44.40%50.00%
    After Training at the College831
    Percent After Training at the College50.00%33.30%8.30%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    201720182019
    Number of Employment Location Responses16912
    In College District14811
    Percent In College District87.50%88.90%91.70%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District001
    Percent of In Wisconsin0.00%0.00%8.30%
    Outside of Wisconsin210
    Percent Outside Wisconsin12.50%11.10%0.00%
    Employer Location Unknown000
    Percent Location Unknown0.00%0.00%0.00%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend201720182019
    Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count976
    Average Monthly Wage$2,480 $2,951 $2,669
    Average Hourly Wage$14.42 $17.16 $15.52
    Average Work Hours per Week42.340.939.4
    Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count423
    Average Hourly Wage$15.09 $13.91 $14.75
    Average Work Hours per Week24.82423.3
  • Graduate Employers
    Graduate Employers for academic year: 2019
    Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions
    Bright Child Learning Center Teacher
    La Petite Academy Lead Teacher Waunakee
    Little Red Pre-School Teacher MIddleton
    Madison Metropolitan School District Play & Learn Leader
    McFarland School District Special Education Teaching Assistant McFarland
    Necedah Area School District Paraprofessional Necedah
    Reach Dane Early Headstart Lead Teacher
    St John The Baptist School Preschool Teacher Jefferson
    Wisconsin Early Autisim Project Behavior Treatment Technician
    Wishing Well Preschool Childcare Teacher DeForest

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