E-Connect - Child Care Services
27 Credits | 1 Year
Career Cluster: Education & Training
This program will be modified for the 2023-2024 academic year pending WTCS approval. Please contact an Admissions Advisor if interested or have questions.
Early childhood educators work with young children during the pivotal years that build the foundation for future success. They use play, science, art, language, math, and music to help young children of all abilities and backgrounds develop physically, cognitively, socially and emotionally. If you have a passion for education and creativity, and you enjoy working with young children, consider a fun and rewarding career in early childhood education.
E-Connect-Child care Services is an innovative Early Childhood Education one-year technical diploma that incorporates the first year of the Early Childhood Education associate degree with Preschool Education Professional (The Registry Preschool Credential) coursework. Choose from online or face-to-face courses, or mix and match. This coursework, combined with community-based student teaching, prepares you to work as a teacher or caregiver in an early childhood setting. As a student, you’ll take a variety of courses related to early childhood development, curriculum, behavior guidance, and working with families to prepare you for success in this high-demand field. Graduates of this technical diploma will be recognized as Wisconsin Registry Career Level 11.
E-Connect - Child Care Services graduates will be able to:
- Relate knowledge of child development to practice
- Create relationships with children, family, and the community
- Apply observation, documentation, and assessment strategies
- Implement developmentally appropriate teaching and learning experiences
- Demonstrate professional practice
- Follow health, safety, and nutrition practices
This program meets “Year One” technical studies coursework required to obtain the Early Childhood Education associate degree and allows for seamless opportunities for degree completion.
Learn by doing.
As a graduate, you will become responsible for the care and education of children from birth to school-age. You will learn to create and maintain safe and healthy play environments, guide behavior, plan and implement learning activities, and work cooperatively with staff and parents. Graduates of this technical diploma will be recognized as Wisconsin Registry Career Level 11.
Students of this program may be eligible for the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood WISCONSIN scholarship. T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® WISCONSIN provides higher education scholarships to professionals who work in regulated early childhood and school age care settings seeking approved credit-based education, such as the Early Childhood Education associate degree.
Online & Face-to-Face Courses
Earn an E-Connect - Child Care Services technical diploma in one year through On site, Online and Online Live (synchronous) classes - mix and match.
Experienced Instructors, Small Class Sizes
You’ll learn from knowledgeable and passionate instructors who care about your success and will ensure that you get the most out of your education. Small class sizes allow you to connect and interact with your instructors and classmates in fun and meaningful ways, whether virtually or in person.
All required program coursework is part of the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) statewide curriculum, which aligns with Wisconsin’s YoungStar requirements and allows for numerous seamless transfer opportunities between area technical colleges and baccalaureate degree-granting colleges and universities.
Coursework focuses on developmentally appropriate practice and brain-based learning and promotes play, science, art, language, math and music to help young children of all abilities and backgrounds develop physically, cognitively, socially and emotionally. You will learn how to create and maintain safe and healthy play environments, guide behavior, plan and implement learning activities, and work cooperatively with staff and parents.
E-Connect - Child Care Services is Part of a Career Pathway
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Admissions and Tuition
Northwood Tech has an easy admission process that can be completed in one visit. Please see the details under the "Requirements and Application" section to get started.
Tuition and Fees
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Estimated Total Program Costs 2023-24*
E-Connect - Child Care Services
27 Credits | 1 Year
*Tuition is an estimate and does not include any miscellaneous fees for various courses, tools, books, supplies or uniforms. Program book costs are in addition to tuition and fees and vary depending on course selection and where the books are purchased or rented.
After the Northwood Tech E-Connect - Child Care Services Program
Upon completion of the program, you will earn a pathway certificate in Group Child Care Essentials and an E-Connect - Child Care Services technical diploma. Continue your education at Northwood Tech in the Early Childhood Education or E-CHiLD associate degree programs.
Transfer your Northwood Tech credits to a four-year college to earn your bachelor's degree and beyond.
Northwood Tech's graduates experience success. Learn more about the types of careers you can get after graduation.
T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® WISCONSIN provides higher education scholarships 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 about T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® WISCONSIN here.
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Professional Licensure and/or Certification Information
Northwood Tech’s E-Connect - Child Care Services Technical Diploma is designed to prepare students to obtain the required licensure to be employed/practice in the state of Wisconsin. However, Northwood Tech has not made a determination whether this program meets licensure requirements in states other than Wisconsin. Students who may be seeking professional licensure or certification in states other than Wisconsin should contact the appropriate licensing board in that state to verify that the Northwood Tech program meets licensure or certification requirements.
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