Early Childhood & K12 Education

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Make a difference in the lives of children with an early childhood degree from FVTC. You’ll learn about child development, relationships, behavior, diversity, curriculum, guidance and health – everything you need for a variety of early childhood careers.

Programs

  • Assistant Teacher (TD)

    21 Credits Location: Appleton

    The Assistant Teacher technical diploma will prepare you to work as a program assistant in a variety of early childhood settings. Aligned with The Registry's Preschool Credential, this degree is perfect for individuals working with children three to five years of age and combines hands-on fieldwork with course work. Completion of this certificate will place you at Registry Level 10.

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  • Career and Technical Education Instruction (AAS) New

    67 Credits Location: Appleton

    The Career and Technical Education Instruction program will prepare you to teach technology education/industrial arts programs at various educational levels. You’ll gain skills in areas like welding, construction, automotive, engineering, manufacturing, as well as teaching curriculum. Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared to teach occupational, vocational, career or technical subjects to students at the middle and secondary school levels. See Additional Information for more licensure requirements that may be required.

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  • Child Care Administrator (C)

    18 Credits Location: Appleton

    Lead teachers or program directors currently employed in early childhood programs will benefit from this certificate. You will receive an overview of the roles and responsibilities of administrators in early childhood programs, and will learn about budgeting, fiscal management, marketing, licensing and accreditation, as well as operations and facility management. You’ll also explore best practices relating to child growth and development to help you establish a quality child care program. Upon completion, you'll be prepared for the administrator credential from The Registry, Wisconsin's Recognition System for the Childhood Care and Education Profession.

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  • Early Childhood Education (AAS)

    60 Credits Location: Appleton

    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.

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  • Early Childhood Teacher (TD)

    30 Credits Location: Appleton

    The Early Childhood Teacher technical diploma will prepare you to work as a teacher in a variety of early childhood settings. This degree is specially designed for individuals working with children birth to eight years of age and combines hands-on fieldwork with course work. Completion of this certificate will place you at Registry Level 11.

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  • Family Child Care (C)

    12 Credits Location: Online

    If you plan to provide childcare in a home or family setting, this certificate program will help you examine child development, quality standards, community resources, health and wellness, and family partnerships. You’ll also learn how to promote desired outcomes through play-based learning, observation and assessment. Choose additional courses to gain skills for curriculum planning, strategies for guiding behavior or care for children at various developmental stages. Upon completion, you'll be prepared for the family child care credential from The Registry, Wisconsin's Recognition System for the Childhood Care and Education Profession.

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  • Foundations of Teacher Education (AAS) New

    60 Credits Location: Appleton

    If you’d love a career that puts you in a classroom to help children learn, then the Foundations of Teacher Education degree would be a great first step. This program will prepare you to work directly with elementary and middle school students under the supervision of a licensed teacher. Your training will include assisting children with math, science, reading and writing assignments as well as handling classroom management, clerical and other tasks related to instruction. You’ll also learn about monitoring student activities, correcting papers, tutoring, one-on-one activities, small group facilitation, and assisting children with computers and media. This program meets Title I requirements.

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  • Infant and Toddler (C)

    12 Credits Locations: Appleton, Online

    Infant and toddler professional caregivers play a vital role in the respectful, responsible and reciprocal care of the youngest children in an early childhood setting. Upon successful completion, you’ll be awarded a certificate and prepared for the Infant Toddler credential from The Registry, Wisconsin's Recognition System for the Childhood Care and Education Profession.

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  • Teacher Aide (C)

    6 Credits Location: Appleton

    The Teacher Aide certificate will prepare you to work in a variety of early childhood settings. This certificate is a good fit for you if you're looking to satisfy the state of Wisconsin entry-level requirements for Licensed Group Care Centers (Registry Level 7).

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  • Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder (C)

    6 Credits Location: Appleton

    This program is designed for teachers, parents of children with autism, paraprofessionals working with students who have special needs, and social workers, nurses and child development specialists. You’ll develop skills, strategies and techniques to help promote educational and social success in individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. You’ll learn about the impact of early intervention, strategies to reduce negative behaviors, and how to foster play and friendship.

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Types of Offerings

AAS - Associate Degree
TD - Technical Diploma
C - Certificate
A - Apprenticeship

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News

The Changing World of...

The Changing World of...

Child care providers adapt to challenges brought about by COVID-19.  

The Sweeter Side of...

The Sweeter Side of...

Instructors in our Early Childhood Education program are celebrating their graduates with freshly baked cupcakes, personally delivered to their...

Creative Connections

Creative Connections

The FVTC Parent Child Center team is finding ways to keep in touch with its children and families during the public health crisis. 

Excellence in Early...

Excellence in Early...

Jenny Hollis from our Parent/Child Center was recognized for her exemplary work in early childhood education.