UW-Whitewater Early Child Care and Education (ECCE) program is a non-license early childhood degree, designed for working professionals who have earned at least one Credential already and want to stack Credential based credits toward a degree. This degree is best suited for those who want to work in child care, preschool, head start or for one of the many organizations focused on supporting young children and families. It is considered an on-line degree through UWW.
UW-Whitewater also offers a dual license early childhood degree; preparing candidates for licensure from birth through third grade in both regular and special education. This program model is great for those who want to work for a Birth to Three program or teach in public schools for other environments requiring a teaching license from the Department of Education (DPI).
ECCE is designed to help advance the careers of early childhood professionals by providing flexible and responsive pathways toward a degree. Rather than taking a prescribed list of classes set by and through a single campus, students enrolled in ECCE have the power to make choices to steer them toward the degree they want. Additionally, students are helped to find the courses they need, in the format they need (face to face, online, hybrid), at the college or university they need. All students are required to complete a minimum of 30 credits through UW-Whitewater; 18 of these must be credits toward the major and 15 must be taken at the end of their program.
“By creating this unique pathway to degree completion, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is empowering many who currently work in early childhood programs to advance their professionalism through education. Young children and their families benefit from more highly skilled educators and our field is strengthened as a result. WECA is proud to support this effort through our T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® WISCONSIN Scholarship Program. “
Ruth Schmidt, Executive Director
Wisconsin Early Childhood Association