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Early Childhood Education (2017-2018)

Associate in Applied Science DegreeECADA logo
School of Liberal Arts and Sciences / Education & Training Career Cluster

Downtown Milwaukee and West Allis campuses                                                                          
Program Code: 10-307-1


For Information: 414-297-6584
Downtown Milwaukee Campus,414-297-MATC
West Allis Campus, 414-456-5500
 

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), 1313 L Street N.W., Suite 500, Washington, D.C. 20005; 800-424-2460.
 

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


Career Pathway —  You can earn the Preschool certificate and the Child Care Services technical diploma on your way to completing this associate degree. Contact an MATC program advisor for information.

 

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 members of community resource organizations
  • 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
  • Admission test
  • Demonstration of proficiency in basic skills through a course placement assessment
  • Documentation of compliance with Wisconsin’s Caregiver Law
  • Good health as evidenced by a medical examination
  • Proper immunizations

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


Future Opportunities — If you are interested in a baccalaureate degree upon completion of the program, check with a program 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
Child Care Services
Preschool Certificate
Associate in Arts: Educational Foundations Track

 

Start Dates: August/January
Sixteen-week terms.
This program will transfer to one or more four-year institutions.
 

Curriculum effective 2017-18. 

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements. 

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-275 Math Exploration for Elementary Teachers ‡

   

#2

 

ECON-195

Economics

 

 
   

 

(or) Any 200-level ECON course

   

#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 earning the Child Care Services technical diploma.

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.
 

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

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.

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.
 

Page updated October 2017.