College of Education & Professional Studies


ECE4U Online/Hybrid Bachelor’s Degree Program

A flexible program designed for YOU. 

At the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, you can earn your Early Childhood Education bachelor’s degree while still working in the field. 

One of the only online/hybrid Early Childhood Education degree programs of its kind, UW-Whitewater’s ECE4U offers Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction dual licensure: Early Childhood Regular Education License #1777 and the Early Childhood Special Education License #1809.

You’ll be licensed to work with students from birth through age 8 in a variety of educational setting.



Why study Early Childhood Education at UW-Whitewater?

Designed with working professionals in mind, you’ll take your Early Childhood Education classes online with six meetings per semester. 

At UW-Whitewater, you’ll also receive personal academic advising. This means we’ll help you build a plan based on your prior education, such as considering the credits you’ve already earned in your associate degree program and your current work and family schedule. 

More and more employers in the childhood education field, and especially in child care, are seeking candidates with a bachelor's degree. The Wisconsin Early Childhood Association has also established its REWARD stipend program to encourage continuing education. Give yourself an edge by advancing your education.

What our Early Childhood Education students do

Work while attending school

Develop strong relationships with fellow students through a cohort model

Gain real-world experience

Gain real-world experience through field study


Become licensed in regular and special Early Childhood Education

Fieldwork and student teaching

As a student in the online Early Childhood Education degree program at UW-Whitewater, you’ll gain experience working with a variety of age levels and in multiple education settings. 

  • 50-hour placement working with children ages three to five years old and the special education professionals who work with them
  • 50-hour placement in an elementary school working in a first to third grade classroom

In addition, if pursuing licensure:

  • Student teaching placement (150 to 300 hours) working with young children birth to three years old and their families
  • 9-week full-time student teaching placement in a first to third grade classroom
  • 9-week full-time student teaching placement working with an elementary school special educator

What our graduates do

Early Intervention Educator

County birth-to-three home early intervention educator

4k-3rd grade classroom

4k-3rd grade classroom teacher

Special education teacher

Special education teacher

Jobs in Early Childhood Education: Career success

Whether you’re looking to advance in your current position, increase your Early Childhood Education salary, and explore new opportunities in the field, graduates of our degree program work in a variety of locations or positions, including: 

With teaching licensure:

  • County birth-to-three programs
  • School district early childhood classrooms
  • School district-funded kindergarten and 4k programs
  • Early elementary grades, special education
  • Early elementary grades, classroom teacher (1st, 2nd and 3rd grades)

Without teaching licensure:

  • Preschool
  • Head start
  • Community child care
  • Early intervention home visitor
  • Curriculum specialist
  • Technical assistance provider
  • Program director or administrator
  • Community and non-profit organization advocate or educator
  • Trainer or technical advisor

Our Early Childhood Education faculty

In our ECE4U program you’ll learn from faculty members and instructors with a wide range of experience in early childhood education, special education, curriculum and design, policy and more.

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Designed for transfer students, UW-Whitewater’s ECE4U Bachelor of Science in Education program is open to applicants who’ve earned an associate degree in early childhood education from a Wisconsin Technical College or the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Community College. 

At UW-Whitewater, you’ll complete a variety of general education requirements (based on what you transfer in) as well as fulfill the Early Childhood Education course requirements and field placements that lead to licensure. Your advisor will work with you to develop a personalized plan and schedule. 

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Transfer pathway programs and guaranteed admissions programs

To apply, first you’ll complete UW-Whitewater’s standard application for admission and indicate your interest in earning a degree in Early Childhood Education.  In your personal statement, please mention your interest in pursuing the degree through the ECE4U program.

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The ECE4U program is a hybrid version of our Early Childhood Education degree program. While most of your coursework is completed online, you’ll also attend on-campus meetings a six times each semester.

These meetings are required and we announce the dates a year in advance, so please plan accordingly.

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All classes are Saturdays, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Spring 2024
First 8 weeks Jan. 27
Feb. 17
March 2
Second 8 weeks March 16
April 6
April 27
Summer 2024 Online Meeting Dates
First 6 weeks June 1
June 15
June 29
Second 6 weeks July 13
July 27
Aug. 3

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