Early Childhood Education Preschool


Recent Graduates

There are 19 recent graduates of this Madison College program.


Student Satisfaction

100% of our recent graduates report they are satisfied with their Madison College education.

Technical Diploma

Program Number: 303077

Credits: 21

Area of Study: Education and Social Sciences

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

Financial Aid Available

Estimated Program Cost:

Tuition - $2,961.00
Materials/Supplemental Costs
Other Costs
Total Estimated Program Costs*:

Research demonstrates that the best predictor of quality childcare is a teacher's level of education. The Early Childhood Education: Preschool embedded technical diploma at Madison College will prepare you with the skills needed to work as a teacher with children ages 3 - 5 years in early childhood settings.

 All 21 credits in this diploma are part of the Early Childhood Education associate degree program and also satisfy the academic requirement for the Registry Preschool Credential.  Students interested in earning their Registry Preschool Credential should contact Registry or the Program Director for more information.

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

This certificate is offered in English and in a Bilingual-Spanish/English format. Students in the Preschool Program can attend full or part time.

Early Childhood Education classes 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 EnrollmentServices@madisoncollege.edu 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 and newly admitted program students, go directly to your Degree Progress Report to view:

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

If you have questions after reviewing your degree progress report (advisement 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.


Madison College Early Childhood Education Preschool 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 less than one-year technical diploma in the Preschool Education 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 Graduates203919
    Number of Surveys Sent203918
    Number of Surveys Returned14222
    Percent of Surveys Returned70.0%56.4%11.1%
    Available for Employment341
    Percent Available for Employment100.0%66.7%50.0%
    Not in Labor Market11181
    Percent Not in Labor Market366.7%300.0%50.0%
    Available for Employment

    Graduates Employed341
    Percent of Graduates Employed100.0%100.0%100.0%
    Employed in Related Occupation321
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation100.0%50.0%100.0%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation020
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation0.0%50.0%0.0%
    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)3.73.84
    Number of Satisfaction Responses362
    Very Satisfied (4)252
    Percent Very Satisfied66.7%83.3%100.0%
    Satisfied (3)110
    Percent Satisfied33.3%16.7%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 Responses14222
    Preparation for Getting a Job020
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job0.0%9.1%0.0%
    Career Change100
    Percent Career Change7.1%0.0%0.0%
    Improvement of Existing Skills021
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills0.0%9.1%50.0%
    Preparation for Further Education13181
    Percent Preparation for Further Education92.9%81.8%50.0%
    Personal Interest000
    Percent Personal Interest0.0%0.0%0.0%
    Percent Other0.0%0.0%0.0%
    When Employment was Obtained

    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses241
    Before Enrollment100
    Percent Before Enrollment50.0%0.0%0.0%
    While Attending the College131
    Percent While Attending the College50.0%75.0%100.0%
    After Training at the College010
    Percent After Training at the College0.0%25.0%0.0%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    Number of Employment Location Responses341
    In College District341
    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 Count31
    Average Monthly Wage$2,227$1,251
    Average Hourly Wage$12.95$7.27
    Average Work Hours per Week38.055.0
    Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count
    Average Hourly Wage
    Average Work Hours per Week
  • Graduate Employers
    Graduate Employers for academic year: 2019
    Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions
    Eagle's Wing Assistant Teacher
    Madison College Teacher Assistant

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