Printed on 10/23/2021

Early Childhood Education

10-307-1 Associate Degree (AAS)
Part Time and Full Time
60 Credits
Financial Aid Eligible
Time of Day: Day
Also Offered in Accelerated Format
Location*: Appleton

*If general education courses are required, they may be available at multiple locations.

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Love being around children? This degree program provides you with skills specific to developing and supervising young children. You'll learn about child development, relationships, behavior and diversity. You'll also learn how to create curriculum and give children positive guidance. Gain skills in observation and assessment, health, safety and nutrition. Throughout the program, you will apply what you're learning in actual early childhood settings. Your career in early childhood education is just a hop, skip and jump away.

Career Opportunities

  • Early Childhood Teacher
  • Educational Assistant
  • Head Start Teacher
  • Infant/Toddler Teacher
  • Preschool Teacher
  • Nanny
  • Paraprofessional
  • Family Child Care Provider


Estimated Program Cost

Early Childhood Education

This program will cost about $9,546.60*
based on current tuition and fees.

Additional materials and supplies will cost
about $500.00*.

Textbooks will cost about $1,454.85*.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.
  Costs may not include all books or all materials and supplies.
  Some textbook costs may be included in the estimated program cost.


Check Program Availability *

Early Childhood Education

Term Fall 2021 Spring 2022 Summer 2022

* Programs may be available at locations that are not listed here.

* Depending on program enrollment and prerequisite requirements, there may be a wait for some program courses. Please see the additional information section for details.

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  • Admissions Requirements

    Skills Assessment

    An academic skills assessment is required for admission into this program or the following: High School GPA of 2.75 or higher (last 10 years) OR provide completion of associate’s or higher degree OR; 165 or higher on your 2014 series GED tests OR; ACT OR SAT OR Accuplacer OR Companion OR Compass (last 3 years) to waive to the general education level; The cost of the Accuplacer assessment is $15; Catalog #: 94100100; Learn more at

  • Credit Transfer Options

    They're your credits. Take them with you!

    Whether you’re an incoming student, transferring to another two-year college or pursuing your bachelor’s degree, we make it easy for you to seamlessly transfer your credits. With full accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission, we offer credit transfer agreements with more than 65 two-and four-year colleges.

    Transfer In

    Many students come to Fox Valley Tech with credits they’ve already earned, either while in high school or at other colleges and universities. It’s also possible to be granted credit for career-related knowledge and skills you’ve already mastered.

    Transfer Out

    Is a four-year degree in your future? Save time and money by starting here. You can earn your associate degree at Fox Valley Tech, then apply your credits toward a bachelor’s degree. Or easily transfer your credits to other two-year colleges.

  • Program Outcomes
    • 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
  • Additional Information

    In addition to [Fox Valley Tech Scholarships](, you may be eligible for the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® WISCONSIN scholarship program. These scholarships are available to professionals who work in regulated early childhood and school-age care settings. Since its inception in 1999, T.E.A.CH. has provided more than 14,000 scholarships to over 8,000 early childhood teachers. Learn more at [](

    Your program requires successful completion of a Criminal Background Check through the Department of Justice and the WI Department of Children and Families prior to placement in ECE: Practicum 1; information will be provided upon enrollment into Practicum 1; verification that you have no criminal offense that prohibits you from working in an early childhood related profession is also required.

    Your program requires completion of a physical exam AND a Criminal Background Check through the Department of Children and Families prior to enrollment in ECE: Introductory Practicum or submission of the Credit for Prior Learning application for Introductory Practicum. Information will be provided upon enrollment in Introductory Practicum or Credit for Prior Learning.

  • Undecided?

    Still undecided about your major or exploring your career options? Check out these resources to identify your personality traits, values, abilities and interests – important considerations when choosing a career. You’ll also find details about scheduling a college visit and contact information for our career counselors if you’d like more personal assistance. We’re here to help you explore your options.

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Start anywhere. Many credits can apply toward future programs.