What are the minimum requirements for being accepted into the ECCE program?
Anyone who has successfully completed High School and at least ONE Credential (the coursework and Commission process) is eligible for admission to the program.
What if I have an Applied Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from a WI Technical College?
While we recognize the value of earning an AAS, this program was created to provide a pathway from Credentials to Bachelor’s Degree. We can still accept some of your technical school credits, though.
-University Requirements (50 credits required) – We will transfer in any general education credits you earned from a technical college or other college or university that have a course equivellency through our campus and match the requirements in this category. This will be determined after applying and being admitted to UWW. You will be required to complete the remainder of the University Requirement credits to earn the ECCE degree.
-Major Requirements (70 credits required) – When you earned your AAS in Early Childhood Education, you completed all of the courses required for the Preschool Credential, but you may have chosen not to Commission for it. Go back to wherever you earned your degree, and ask what you need to do to Commission for the Preschool Credential at this time. We will be able to accept those 18 credits once you successfully Commission.
Additionally, we will work to transfer in 12 additional EC credits toward your major elective requirements for the ECCE program.
How many credits do I need to take through UW-Whitewater?
The ECCE program requires a total of 120 credits. All ECCE 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.
What is the difference between the B.A. and B.S. degree?
B.A. requires 6 of the 50 University Requirements credits to be from the Arts, Humanities, and Social Science
B.S. requires 6 of the 50 University Requirements credits to be from the Physical Sciences and Math
Where will I complete my Internship or Field Placement?
The ECCE program was designed around the professional and personal needs of early childhood teachers and leaders, so you can complete your Internship (Leadership Emphasis) or Field Placement (Teaching Emphasis) in your workplace as long as you have a position that allows you to apply what you have learned on the job. For example, if you are in the Leadership Emphasis you will need to be working full time in a position where you have leadership responsibiltiies beyond those of a classroom teacher. If you are in the Teaching Emphasis, you will need to be working at least 20 hours/week in a position where you are have direct classroom responsibilities with children aged 0-8 years old.
What will I do during my Internship or Field Placement?
The Internship and Field Placement semester is considered a Capstone experience; it’s an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills you have gained throughout the program in a meaningful and impactful way. Students will do this by conducting in depth Action Research throughout that final semester, then documenting and showcasing the results at the end of the semester.
We recognize the Action Research process may be unfamiliar to you, so we will help pair you up with a Community Based Mentor to support you throughout the process. And, the Program Coordinator will also serve as a support and liaison, and will review your final project to ensure it meets the established standards for ECCE students to graduate.