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Early Childhood Education

  • Associate Degree - Two Years
  • Program Code: 10-307-1
  • Eligible for Financial Aid
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  • Child Care Center Teacher
  • Preschool Teacher
  • Family Child Care Provider
  • Elementary Public School Teacher Aide
  • Head Start Teacher/Assistant
  • Nanny

    Continuing Education

    Enhance your education and meet your CEU requirements through our continuing education or customized training offerings.


    If you're seeking a career that involves helping children learn about themselves and the world around them, the Early Childhood Education Program might be for you.

    As an early childhood teacher, you would play a vital role in the development of children. You'll work with children individually and in groups to help them improve their social skills and prepare for formal education.

    In this program you'll study the physical, emotional, intellectual, and social development of children. You'll be placed with qualified teachers and child care providers in a variety of early childhood community settings, such as group and family child care settings, Head Starts, preschools, and kindergartens. You'll also help create and complete a class advocacy project to improve the status of children and their families in this region.

    You may enroll in the program full- or part-time. If you already have experience working in child care or early childhood education, you could qualify for credit for prior learning. If you would like to continue your education, many of the credits you earn will transfer to selected universities toward a four-year degree in early childhood or elementary education.

    The need for qualified, experienced childcare providers is strong. This is a career area that offers the rewards of working with children and the satisfaction of knowing you are helping them grow and develop. It could be just what you're looking for!

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    Minimum Program Credits Required - 69
    Admissions Requirements

    Admission Overview

    The admissions process has been broken down into phases. Some programs only have one phase, while others have multiple phases.

    Phase One: General Admission

    • If you have an international degree/diploma you must take the TOEFL® exam and receive a minimum score of 61 on the internet-based test, or 500 on the paper-based test. If you want to be included in a study group to prepare for the TOEFL exam contact Lynette Neibauer at 715-858-1892 or
    • Complete a Wisconsin Criminal Background Check and Background Information Disclosure Form through A $34 background check fee will be required at the time of your order. View Order Instructions.

    Entrance Assessment

    ACT scores (copy of score sheet required) or an Associate Degree or higher (transcript required) may be used as a substitution for the Compass test.

    COMPASS Reading: 75 (only used for course placement)
    COMPASS Writing: 60 (only used for course placement)
    COMPASS Pre-Algebra: 36 (only used for course placement)
    ACT Composite Score: 18 or higher

    Additional Requirements

    A pre-entrance health history and physical examination must be on file three weeks prior to entering the core courses of this program. The Admissions Office will notify you at the appropriate time with a specified deadline.

    Admission Process Complete

    Once the above items have been completed, you will be considered for enrollment based on current openings in the program.

    Advanced Placement

    This program has an advanced placement option - see the admissions document below for more information.

    International Students

    See our International Students website for more information.

    Estimated Costs

    2014-2015 Tuition & Fees

    View a breakdown of additional fees, on our Tuition & Fees page.

    • $125.85 per credit (resident)
    • $188.80 (out-of-state resident)


    The figure below is an estimate of what you will pay for books throughout the duration of your program if you purchase your books through the CVTC bookstore. For more details visit


    Total Program Cost

    The figure below is an estimate based on current tuition and fee rates and is intended for planning purposes only.