Program Details

Early Childhood Education
Western Technical College
A fun and rewarding career awaits you in early childhood education. In this role, you ll use play, art, music, language, and educational tools to help birth- to school-age children develop cognitively, physically, socially, and emotionally. Through a combination of classroom study and field experience in actual child care settings, you ll learn how to stimulate and nurture children of varying abilities and backgrounds, maintain a safe and healthy child care environment, and communicate effectively with families. You ll learn child development, curriculum planning, and managing behavior. The program also covers government mandates, reporting procedures, and regulations in the industry. Opportunities abound in this ever-growing field with positions available as professional nannies, in child care centers, as early childhood teachers and directors, or in schools as teacher assistants. Or, continue your education and earn a teaching degree. Show More

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This program is offered

N/A - Applications are accepted at any time.
This program is the parent program of a pathway. It has an Embedded Technical Diploma within the pathway called Early Childhood Professional.
Student success is our top priority. At the Learning Commons, we provide free, individualized guidance from specialists, instructors, and peer tutors in most courses. Our Math, Health Science, and Communication Skills Specialists help students focus on the key skills needed for individual academic career goals and beyond. Whether you are looking for help with class work or insight into the best study skills, the Learning Commons will help set you up for success! Email: Phone: 608-785-9198

Western's Refund Policy: Drop and Withdrawal Policy:

Program Enrollments and Completions
24 (29%)
24 (100%)
Employment Outcomes (Completions Only)
11 (49%)
5 (19%)


If there are fewer than eight enrollments in the training program, only the "Enrollments" number will be displayed; all other data is hidden in order to help protect the students' identities. The "Employment Outcomes" are calculated using information from Wisconsin's Unemployment Insurance Wage database. Most employers are required to report certain employment information to the State of Wisconsin, including quarterly wage information for their employees. Students whose information could not be verified in this database are excluded from these outcomes. If a "0" shows for any of these outcomes, it means that none of the students' information could be verified.


"Average quarterly wages" means the total wages earned in a three-month period by all students who completed the program ("completers"), divided by the total number of completers.

"Median quarterly wages" means all the completers' quarterly wages are placed in order from lowest to highest and then we identify the student's wages in the middle. This information is provided because averages can be greatly influenced by really high and low wage earners.

To estimate monthly wages, divide the quarterly wages by three.


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