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.
We’re ranked No. 1 for value among all schools in the University of Wisconsin system.
Eligible students may apply for a TEACH scholarship, which awards 75% to 90% of tuition.
92% career placement rate for early childhood education majors (2018-19).
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.
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.
In addition, if pursuing licensure:
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:
Without teaching licensure:
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.
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.
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.
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.
All classes are Saturdays, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
|First 8 weeks||Jan. 27|
|Second 8 weeks||March 16|
|Summer 2024 Online Meeting Dates|
|First 6 weeks||June 1|
|Second 6 weeks||July 13|