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Associate Degree

Early Childhood Education

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Early Childhood Education Overview

CVTC’s Early Childhood Education program allows you to complete your education in two years and begin a professional career. Earning a two-year associate degree will prepare you for working with young children from birth to grade three. Early childhood educators play an important role in child development by attending to children’s needs and organizing activities that stimulate physical, emotional, intellectual, and social growth. In addition, early childhood professionals supervise assistant childcare teachers, maintain state licensing requirements, and provide lead instruction within the classroom.

In the early childhood classes, you will learn child development, classroom management, how to work with children with varying abilities, and curriculum planning. Your education will also include learning how to plan and implement learning activities, work cooperatively with parents, and create a safe environment for young children.  

This program has an advanced placement entry option. Advanced placement is an opportunity for graduates of a related program to further their education. Learn more about advanced placement for this program.

*Please Note: This program includes four in-person field experiences, each eight hours/week.

  Check Out WI Registry Credentials

Advance your career in early education with a Wisconsin Registry Credential in Family Child Care. This flexible online class will teach you practical skills, help you stay current with best practices, and prepare you for the Wisconsin Registry Commission. Learn more about these Wisconsin Registry Credentials.

Earn credit for prior learning! Do you have previous educational or work experience in the field? You could be eligible to receive credit for prior learning.

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Just the Facts

Early Childhood Education
60 Credit Associate Degree

Program Length
Two Years

Delivery Method
Face-to-Face, Online

Program Location
Eau Claire, Online

Start Months


Financial Aid Eligible


Advanced Placement Available


Non-Traditional Occupation

Estimated Program Cost 

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 What are estimated program costs? Estimated Total: $11,075

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Career Opportunities

Director of Education

Early Childhood Teacher


Special Assistant Teacher

Special Education Assistant

Substitute Teacher

Graduate Employers

Days Gone By Early Learning

Durand-Arkansaw School District

Eau Claire Area School District

Firehouse Friends

Mondovi School District

Sunshine Learning Center

Program Outcomes

CVTC graduates are ready for the workforce. Each year, we send our graduates the Graduate Follow-Up Survey asking several questions related to employment. Here are the program outcomes and job data.

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Yearly Salary

Our recent Early Childhood Education graduates reported an average starting salary of $30,171.



80% of our recent Early Childhood Education graduates got a job in the industry.


Regional Jobs

There are 94 job openings in the CVTC district for the Early Childhood Education industry.


Credits to Other Institutions

Should you choose to continue your education after you leave CVTC, we have agreements in place with several institutions to ensure an easy transfer.

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Program Courses

These are a few of the courses you will take in this program. Courses and the recommended sequence change from year to year; once you are enrolled in a program at CVTC you will be given a recommended course sequence that outlines what courses you should take and the order in which to take them.

You may search for available courses. If you are ever unsure of what courses to take, talk to your academic advisor. If you are looking for course information for previous years, check out our past catalogs.

Here are a few of the courses you can take in the Early Childhood Education program.

Sample Courses

Guiding Child Behavior
This course examines positive strategies to guide children's behavior in the early childhood education setting.

Social Studies, Art, Music & Movement
This course will focus on beginning level curriculum development in the specific integrated content areas of social studies, art, music, & movement (SSAMM).

Children with Differing Abilities
The course focuses on the child with differing abilities in an early childhood education setting.

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Earn Credentials Along the Way

Career Pathways  What is a career pathway?

Career Pathways are a clear, manageable way to access education that provides employer-recognized, stackable credentials tied to specific jobs, education, and career progression. Career Pathways are beneficial to high school students and teachers, parents, adult students, and employers.

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Associate Degree

Early Childhood Education

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Hannah, Early Childhood Education Graduate

Working with children has become my passion. I am so interested in everything we do in the program. It’s easy to learn, because I so want to learn it. It’s a lot of fun, and hands-on too. We make a lot of teacher-made materials that we can use.


Early Childhood Education Graduate

Related Programs & Certificates

Whether you're looking to continue your learning to another program or to gain continuing education credit, CVTC offers a variety of learning opportunities for students.

Degrees & Diplomas

Child Care Services, Technical Diploma

Foundations of Teacher Education, Associate Degree

Library & Information Services, Associate Degree

Transfer Pathways

Education Pathway


Early Childhood Educator

Continue Your Learning

CVTC can help you achieve your learning goals whether you are looking to advance your career or enrich your personal life.

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Program Accreditation

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The Early Childhood Education Associate Degree at Chippewa Valley Technical College is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Early Childhood Higher Education Programs of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, The current accreditation term runs from 2018 through 2025. Read more accreditation information.

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Admission Requirements

Each program requires specific requirements a student must meet to be considered for admissions to this program.

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Advanced Placement

This program has an advanced placement option. Eligibility for advanced placement requires students to meet additional requirements.

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