Early Childhood Education

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

Why choose Early Childhood Education?

  • Use the Wisconsin Pyramid Model to support positive social-emotional development in young children.
  • Meet the rapidly increasing need for early childhood educators by meeting licensing requirements.
  • Support children in learning early literacy, math, science, art, and music guided by the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards.
  • Interested in earning a bachelor's degree? For transfer opportunities, visit mstc.edu/transfer.
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 revolutions in learning technology. Along with these shifts is a much greater emphasis on early childhood education and an increasing demand for early childhood educators.

Program Locations

Stevens Point Campus
1001 Centerpoint Drive
Stevens Point, WI 54481

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.


  • Apply child development theory to practice.
  • Cultivate relationships with children, families, and the community.
  • Assess child growth and development.
  • Use effective, research-based best practices in teaching and learning.
  • Demonstrate professionalism.
  • Integrate health, safety, and nutrition practices.

Estimated Entire Program Cost

Cost based on the 2024/25 academic year.

  • Tuition & Fees: $9,698.20
  • Books: $1,930.00
  • Supplies, Uniforms, and/or Exams: $100.03
  • Total Estimated Cost: $11,728.23

Financial Aid Eligibility

This program is eligible for full Financial Aid

Cost of Attendance

Learn more about Cost of Attendance, an estimated budget that includes categories of expenses a student can expect to incur while attending. 

This course has options available to receive credit for prior learning (CPL) or work experience.

Term: 1
  Catalog# Title Credits
  10307108 ECE: Early Language & Literacy 3
  10307167 ECE: Health, Safety, and Nutrition  3
  10801136 English Composition 1  3
-or- 10801195 Written Communication  3
  10801198 Speech  3
-or- 10801196 Oral/Interpersonal Communication  3
  10307110 ECE: Soc S, Art, & Music 3
  10307160 ECE: Field Experience 1 3
  Term Total   18 Credits
Term: 2
  Catalog# Title Credits
  10307179 ECE: Child Development 3
  10307188 ECE: Guiding Children's Behavior  3
  10307170 ECE: Field Experience 2 3
  10804107 College Mathematics  3
-or- 10804118 Intermediate Algebra with Applications  4
  10307148 ECE: Foundations of ECE  3
  Term Total   15-16 Credits
Term: 3
  Catalog# Title Credits
  10307151 ECE: Infant and Toddler Development 3
  10307187 ECE: Children with Differing Abilities 3
  10307190 ECE: Field Experience 3 3
  10307112 ECE: STEM 3
  10809172 Introduction to Diversity Studies  3
-or- 10809196 Introduction to Sociology  3
  Term Total   15 Credits
Term: 4
  Catalog# Title Credits
  10809198 Introduction to Psychology  3
-or- 10809188 Developmental Psychology  3
  10307195 ECE: Family and Community Relationships 3
  10307210 ECE: Field Experience 4 3
  10809166 Introduction to Ethics: Theory and Application  3
-or- 10809122 Introduction to American Government  3
  Term Total   12 Credits
  Program Total   60-61 Credits



Ms. Hartjes has a master’s degree from UW–Stevens Point and holds a number of early childhood certifications in addition to her Wisconsin DPI teaching license. She has extensive experience working with families and children, including her work as director of a special education program, special education teacher, service coordinator, preschool teacher, and college and university faculty member. Ms. Hartjes enjoys ongoing education and strives to keep her technical skills current by attending conferences, networking, taking classes, and reading on current topics.

“My thoughts about teaching are summed up by this early childhood quote: ‘It takes a big heart to shape a little mind.’ I look forward to assisting students to become the best early childhood professional they can be.”


Jill has a bachelor's degree in early childhood education from the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point and earned her master's degree in education from Saint Mary's University in Minnesota. She has taught first grade, kindergarten, and four-year-old kindergarten and holds a number of early childhood certifications in addition to her Wisconsin DPI teaching license. To stay current on her technical skills, Jill is involved with local educational initiatives, attends conferences, and researches current best practices in early education.

“I joined Mid-State Technical College because I wanted to broaden my impact on early childhood education. I strongly believe that positive and enriching early childhood experiences lead to a healthy and successful life. And I agree with Plato: ‘Life must be lived as play.’”


  • Child Care Center Teacher
  • Early Head Start Teacher
  • Educational Assistant
  • Director of a Child Care Center
  • District Substitute Teacher 4K-12
  • Family Child Care Owner
  • Special Education Assistant
  • Head Start Assistant Teacher



High school students are eligible to enroll in this program; however, some courses have age requirements. Speak to a Mid-State advisor for more information. Learn more about Mid-State Fast-Track

"Early Childhood Education at Mid-State is a great hands-on program that allows you to fulfill your passion of working with children. You learn about child development, curriculum planning, basic administration, and so much more!”


Choose Your Path

Career pathways help you take your education one step at a time to maximize your investment and make college fit your life. Earn a credential and start using it in the workforce. Continue with another stack of related courses to gain a more advanced diploma or degree.

TransferDual CreditCredit for Prior Learning

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