Welcome to ECE4U, one of the models of the UW-Whitewater Early Childhood Education program! ECE4U is an online hybrid course program designed "For You!" The program meets the needs of students who are working or juggling the responsibilities of home, and want to continue their education.
The ECE4U program provides students with the opportunity to earn their Bachelor of Science in Education, and was designed for students who have already graduated from one of the Wisconsin Technical Colleges with an Associate in Applied Science degree in Early Childhood Education. UW-Whitewater has an articulation agreement with the Technical Colleges that allows students to transfer at least 39 credits in Early Childhood Education. Students can also earn dual Wisconsin State Department of Public Instruction licenses: Early Childhood Education, and Special Education working with children from birth to age eight.
The program uses a cohort model for the classes. Students all begin the Early Childhood classes as a group in the summer semester and then typically move through the program in a set schedule so that they progress in classes with the same group of students each semester. This allows students to get to know each other very well. In the cohort, students also complete any necessary General Education Courses and required Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction PI 34 courses .
The ECE4U classes are taught online through a program of hybrid courses, with six face-to-face Saturday meetings each semester at the UW-Whitewater campus.
Throughout the program, students complete two 50 hour field study placements: with children ages three through five with special education needs, and with children in grades one through three.
Students who choose to earn the dual teaching licenses (Early Childhood Regular Education 1777 and Early Childhood Special Education 1809) will also complete a summer student teaching experience working with children up to age three, and a full time student teaching experience working in both regular education and special education in grades one through three.
My name is Anne Tillett. As the program coordinator of ECE4U, it is my pleasure to welcome you. I have worked at UW-Whitewater since August of 2012, serving as assistant coordinator of ECE4U, co-interim director of the UW-Whitewater Children's Center, and course instructor before becoming the program coordinator. Before coming to UW-Whitewater, I worked at Little Huskies Child Development Center on Michigan Tech University's campus in Houghton, Michigan.
While UW-Whitewater is a large university with many resources, our program is small and personal. You will have support throughout your time here at UW-Whitewater. As program coordinator, I look forward to serving as the instructor for several of the classes you take at the University, as well as serving as your advisor. We will set up a meeting time, either in-person or online, to review the coursework you have transferred to the University and to develop a personalized program plan. Each student's situation is unique and will depend upon the general education and PI-34 course requirements that you bring completed to the program. As this program strives to serve the needs of non-traditional students juggling various responsibilities, it is flexible. We will develop a plan to best meet your educational needs and goals.
I look forward to working with you!