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Early Childhood Education

Associate in Applied Science DegreeECADA logo
School of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Downtown Milwaukee and West Allis campuses                                                                          
Program Code: 10-307-1


For Information: 414-297-MATC

Overview — This associate degree program is designed to provide the skills and knowledge to pursue a career in child care, or exceptional education settings for young children. It offers a comprehensive course of study, including healthcare and nutrition, literature and language arts, creative activities, communication skills and supervised experience in licensed child care centers. Program requirements include the completion of four practicum experiences. The program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

 

Bilingual Course Options — All courses are offered in English and bilingual mode at the West Allis Campus.

 

Added Career Value —  Earn the Early Childhood Education diploma on your way to completing this associate degree. Courses marked with a  ^ symbol in the course list at right count toward the diploma program. See your program advisor for details.

Career Outlook — Employment opportunities for graduates of the Early Childhood Education program are very positive, whether you are pursuing a career in a group child care setting, in family child care, or working with exceptional-needs children.

 

Program Learning Outcomes — Employers expect program graduates to:

  • Work cooperatively with other staff members, parents and community resource people
  • Plan daily/weekly schedules of developmentally appropriate activities
  • Understand and apply knowledge of child development and how children learn
  • Have knowledge of and promote health and safety in children’s programs
  • Understand and utilize appropriate techniques for guiding child behavior
  • Prepare written plans, progress records, parent communications and reports

 

Preparation for Admission — The following are required for admission to the program:

  • A high school diploma or GED
  • Demonstration of proficiency in basic skills through a course placement assessment
  • Good health as evidenced by a medical examination
  • Proper immunizations
  • Documentation of compliance with Wisconsin’s Caregiver Law.

 

Future Opportunities — If you are interested in a baccalaureate degree upon completion of the program, check with a program counselor or advisor, and the institution you plan to attend regarding the transfer of MATC credits.

 

Possible Careers:
Child Care Services
Child Care Teacher
Exceptional Education Paraprofessional

Related Programs:
Human Service Associate 
Liberal Arts and Sciences A.A. Educational Foundations Track

 

Start Dates: August/January

This program will transfer to one or more four-year institutions.

 

Curriculum effective 2013-14.

TECHNICAL STUDIES 

Credits

 

( ) = Semester Order for Full-Time Students

 

 

 

(1)

 

 

CHILDD-148


ECE: Foundations of Early Childhood Education

 

3

 

(1)

 

CHILDD-151

ECE: Infant and Toddler Development ^

3

 

(1)

 

CHILDD-167

ECE: Health, Safety and Nutrition ^

3

 

(1)

 

CHILDD-174

ECE: Practicum 1 ^

3

 

(1)

 

CHILDD-178

ECE: Art, Music and Language Arts ^

3

 

(2)

 

CHILDD-179

ECE: Child Development ^

3

 

(2)

 

CHILDD-188

ECE: Guiding Child Behavior ^

3

 

(2)

 

CHILDD-192

ECE: Practicum 2 ‡

3

 

(2)   CHILDD-194 ECE: Math, Science and Social Studies ‡      3  

(3)

 

CHILDD-166

ECE: Curriculum Planning ‡

3

 

(3)

 

CHILDD-187

ECE: Children with Differing Abilities

3

 

(3)

 

CHILDD-195

ECE: Family and Community Relationships

3

 

(3)   CHILDD-197 ECE: Practicum 3 ‡      3  
           
(4)   CHILDD-198 ECE: Administering an Early Childhood Program       3  

(4)

 

CHILDD-199

ECE: Practicum 4 ‡

      3

 


GENERAL STUDIES

 

 

 

 

ENG-151

Communication Skills 1 ‡

3

 

 

 

and ENG-152

Communication Skills 2 ‡

3

 




OR ENG-201 and any 200-series ENG or SPEECH course



           


NATSCI-172

Basic Nutritional Science

3





OR NATSCI-233 Environmental Science






PSYCH-199


Psychology of Human Relations


3





OR PSYCH-231 Introductory Psychology






SOCSCI-172


Introduction to Diversity Studies


3





OR SOCSCI-217 Valuing Diversity





                                                    


    Select two courses — one each from two groups:

6

 

#1


MATH-107

College Mathematics ‡

 





OR MATH-201 College Algebra



#2


ECON-195

Economics

 





OR ECON-201 or ECON-202



#3

 

SOCSCI-197

Contemporary American Society

 

 

 

 


OR SOCSCI-205 Social Problems

 

 

           

 

 

ELECTIVES

Suggested Electives: Three Credits Needed

      3

 

 

 

CHILDD-168

Group Programming for Infants


 

 

 

PHYED-210

An Active Approach to Wellness and Fitness


 

 

TOTAL CREDITS: 69

 

‡ Prerequisite required.

^ Counts toward the Early Childhood Education diploma program.

You must earn a grade of C or higher in all Early Childhood Education (CHILDD) courses in order to pass those courses.

 

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

NOTE: Students who have not been accepted, or have not decided on a program, may begin with GENERAL STUDIES courses, if course prerequisites have been met.

For course descriptions, class times, locations or to register online, visit INFOnline.

 

Page updated April 2013.