Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

America’s education system has seen great change in recent years—more rigorous standards, entirely new methods of teaching, changing school and classroom configurations, and learning technology. Along with these shifts is a much greater emphasis on early childhood education and an increasing demand for early childhood educators.

A Closer Look

As infant/toddler and preschool teachers, these professionals work with young children on social, physical, and intellectual growth through arts and crafts, music, storytelling, shapes, and letters. They also teach the literacy and math skills needed to enter kindergarten. Most collaborate with coworkers, developing new techniques that combine engaging learning activities with hands-on lessons.

Other career paths include working directly with young children at different cognitive and socio-emotional levels. Some work as administrators or run their own daycare businesses.


What You'll Learn

Graduates of the Early Childhood Education program have the hands-on knowledge and skills to work confidently with young children in a variety of settings.

Mid-State’s program lets you work directly with teachers in early childhood educational settings and develop creative and educational activities within the teaching cycle. You’ll also learn of the physical, emotional, intellectual, and social development of children spanning infancy through school age as well as how to recognize typical and exceptional patterns of growth.


Careers

  • Child Care Center Teacher
  • Family Day Care Provider
  • Early Head Start Teacher
  • In-Home Child Care Specialist (nanny)
  • Teacher Aide - Elementary School
  • Teacher Aide - Exceptional Education Program
  • Teacher or Teacher Aide- Nursery School Program

Your Instructors

The instructors in the Early Childhood Education program bring the right balance of professional experience and teaching expertise to the classroom. Meet our full-time faculty!

APRIL M. HARTJES, MS

April has a master’s degree from UW-Stevens Point. She has worked as a service coordinator, special education teacher, and director of special education. April also teaches early childhood education classes for UWSP. To keep her technical skills and state teaching license current, she takes classes on current topics and trends in education.

“My thoughts on teaching are best summed up in the words of Dr. Suess: ‘You’re off to great places. Today is your day. Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way!’”

KELLY STEIDINGER, MA

Kelly earned her master’s degree from UW-Stevens Point. She is a passionate educator, advisor, and researcher who strives to use industry experiences to reinforce communication theories in both face-to-face and online class environments.

“I believe that when students come to Mid-State, they don’t just join a college, they join a community. I teach here because Mid-State gives every student an affordable, high-quality education.”


Program Information Guide

See the printable Program Information Guide to learn about career pathways, transfer opportunities, program outcomes, and more.

Courses

Catalog# Title Credits
Term: 1
10307148 Foundations of Early Childhood Education 3.00
10307167 Health, Safety, & Nutrition 3.00
10307174 Practicum 1 3.00
10307178 Art, Music, & Language Arts 3.00
10801195 Written Communication 3.00
-or-
10801136 English Composition 1 3.00
10801198 Speech 3.00
-or-
10801196 Oral/Interpersonal Communication 3.00
10809172 Introduction to Diversity Studies 3.00
-or-
10809196 Intro to Sociology 3.00
(21 Credits)
Term: 2
10307179 Child Development 3.00
10307188 Guiding Children's Behavior 3.00
10307192 Practicum 2 3.00
10804107 College Mathematics 3.00
-or-
10804118 Intermediate Algebra with Applications 4.00
-or-
10804189 Introductory Statistics 3.00
10809122 Intro to American Government 3.00
(15-16 Credits)
Term: 3
10307151 Infant & Toddler Development 3.00
10307187 Children with Differing Abilities 3.00
10307194 Math, Science, & Social Studies 3.00
10307197 Practicum 3 3.00
10809198 Intro to Psychology 3.00
-or-
10809188 Developmental Psychology 3.00
Elective 3.00
(18 Credits)
Term: 4
10307166 Curriculum Planning 3.00
10307195 Family & Community Relationships 3.00
10307198 Administering an Early Childhood Education Program 3.00
10307199 Practicum 4 3.00
10809166 Intro to Ethics: Theory & Application 3.00
-or-
10809195 Economics 3.00
(15 Credits)
Total Credits: 69-70