Early Childhood Education

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Program Information

  • Location: Downtown Milwaukee Campus, West Allis Campus
  • Pathway: Community & Human Services
  • Program Code: 10-307-1
  • Offering: In-class
  • Degree Type: 2-Year Degree (Associate), Bilingual
  • Start Dates: August/January

About the Early Childhood Education Degree


Bilingual (Spanish) mode offered at West Allis Campus

Pursue a career in child care or exceptional education settings for young children and have a positive impact on a child's life. Program requirements include the completion of four practicum experiences. All courses are offered in English; a bilingual mode (Spanish) is offered at the West Allis Campus.

Opportunities exist in child care centers, family child care, or working with exceptional-needs children.

You can earn the Child Care Services technical diploma and Preschool certificate on the way to completing this associate degree.

Additional program details: This program 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. 



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Related Programs

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Child Care Services

This program provides a framework that will focus on child development, nutrition, creative activities, guidance techniques, and includes practical experience with young children in a child care facility.

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Preschool Certificate

Enter the early childhood profession with knowledge about preschool-age children's development and behavior. After completing this certificate's coursework and an additional required course (CHILDD-175), you become eligible for The Registry Preschool credential.

Detailed Program Information

2024-25 Curriculum

Course Course Name Credits
CHILDD-148 ECE: Foundations of Early Childhood Education ^ 3
CHILDD-151 ECE: Infant and Toddler Development ^ 3
CHILDD-167 ECE: Health, Safety and Nutrition ^ 3
CHILDD-160 ECE: Field Experience 1 ^ 3

Written Communication ‡ ^ 
(or) ENG-201 English 1 ‡
(or) Any 200-level ENG or SPEECH course

CHILDD-108 ECE: Early Language and Literacy ^ 3
CHILDD-170 ECE: Field Experience 2 ‡ 3
CHILDD-179 ECE: Child Development ^ 3
CHILDD-195 ECE: Family and Community Relationships ^ 3
ENG-196 Oral/Interpersonal Communication ‡
(or) Any 200-level ENG or SPEECH course
CHILDD-110 ECE: Social Studies, Art and Music 3
CHILDD-190 ECE: Field Experience 3 ‡ 3
CHILDD-188 ECE: Guiding Child Behavior ^ 3
GEOSCI-112 Principles of Sustainability
(or) Any 200-level BIOSCI, CHEM, GEOSCI or PHYS course
PSYCH-188 Developmental Psychology 
(or) PSYCH-238 Lifespan Psychology
(or) Any 200-level PSYCH course
CHILDD-187 ECE: Children With Differing Abilities 3
CHILDD-210 ECE: Field Experience 4 ‡ 3
ELECTIVES (Three credits) 3

Introduction to Diversity Studies
(or) SOCSCI-217 Valuing Diversity
(or) Any 200-level SOCSCI course




‡ Prerequisite required.
^ Counts toward earning the Child Care Services technical diploma.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

This Associate in Applied Science program will transfer to one or more four-year institutions.

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

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Program Outcomes

View 2021-2022 Program Completion Data (pdf)

  • 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

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.

Possible Careers
Child Care Services
Child Care Teacher
Exceptional Education Paraprofessional
Public School Paraprofessional
Head Start Teacher

Admission Requirements

Documentation of compliance with Wisconsin’s Caregiver Law; proper immunizations and good health as evidenced by a medical examination; practicum placement is contingent upon results of criminal background check




The A.A.S. Early Childhood Education program at Milwaukee Area 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 from July 2018 through July 2025. 

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
1401 H Street NW, Suite 600
Washington, DC 20005 

Early Childhood Education Program Documents


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Last updated: 03/27/2024