UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Early Childhood Student 
Early Childhood

To meet the growing need for preparation in early childhood education, the University of Wisconsin-River Falls offers a degree completion program that allows individuals with an associate degree in early childhood education to apply credits earned toward the requirements for a bachelor's degree and optional Wisconsin early childhood (Birth - Age 8) teaching certification.

Applicants for the Bachelor's Degree Option

  • Individuals who work with children from birth through preschool

  • Staff in early childhood programs such as Head Start

  • Directors or non-licensed teachers at child care centers and preschools

Applicants for the Bachelor's Degree with Teaching Certification Option

  • Individuals in four-year-old kindergarten and early elementary classrooms in public schools

Why You Should Choose Us

Convenient and Flexible

  • Take classes through distance learning and limited Saturdays on the UWRF campus.

  • Begin in fall, spring or summer term. 

  • Enroll full time or part time.

  • Complete field experience requirements close to home.

Personalized and Supportive 

  • Receive ongoing, individualized and personal assistance to:

    • maximize the number of credits transferred from courses you have already completed; 

    • design a plan to complete the program in a way that meets your unique needs; and

    • navigate and use campus resources from a distance.

Affordable

  • Receive transfer credit for courses toward your major, general education requirements and practicum hours.

  • Pay the same tuition rate regardless of where you live. Tuition rate is available on the Student Billing web page. 

  • Save money with our textbook rental program and have your books and materials mailed to you.

  • Receive priority registration for many classes to avoid taking extra credits.

  • Apply for financial aid and scholarships. Ask your employer about the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Wisconsinlink scholarship.

High Quality

  • Approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instructionlink.

  • Designated as a National Education Association (NEAlink) Exemplary Teacher Education Program. 

  • Offered in an integrated format that supports constructivism and developmentally appropriate practice. You will learn by actively exploring to make connections between subject areas and improve your skill of teaching children in this way. 

  • Emphasizes the importance of and strategies for connecting children to nature.

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Program Curriculum

Program Curriculum For Degree

Required Courses

Early childhood major courses typically completed as part of an associate degree (25 credits):

TED 211 Educational Psychology
TED 225 Developmental Learning Experiences of Young Children
TED 330 Infant and Toddler Programs
TED 332 Preschool Curriculum
TED 345 Parent Education and Family Development
TED 400 Supervision and Management of Early Childhood Programs
TED 405 Early Childhood Special Needs
TED 410 Early Childhood Language Arts

Additional UWRF early childhood major courses (31 credits):

COMD 160 Introduction to Communicative Disorders
MUS 275 Music and Art for Early Learners
P ED 246 Health and Movement Activities for Children
TED 255 Children's Literature for Elementary Education
TED 325 Diversity in Early Childhood Settings
TED 326 Place-Based Environmental Science for Early Childhood Educators
TED 329 Exploring Nature Through Inquiry Learning
TED 335 Kindergarten Curriculum and Materials
TED 409 English Language Learners in Early Childhood
TED 411 Leadership and Advocacy for Young Children
TED 451 Integrating Alternative Methodologies of Early Childhood Education

Electives (19 credits)

Students are given flexibility to select courses to meet their unique goals. Many online options are available at UWRF, and transfer credits may be accepted for approved courses from other institutions.

UWRF University and General Education Requirements (45 credits)

Program Curriculum for Degree and Certification

Required Courses

Early childhood major courses typically completed as part of associate degree (25 credits):

TED 211 Educational Psychology
TED 225 Developmental Learning Experiences of Young Children
TED 330 Infant and Toddler Programs
TED 332 Preschool Curriculum
TED 345 Parent Education and Family Development
TED 400 Supervision and Management of Early Childhood Programs
TED 405 Early Childhood Special Needs
TED 410 Early Childhood Language Arts

Additional UWRF early childhood major courses (59 credits):

MUS 275 Music and Art for Early Learners
P ED 246 Health and Movement Activities for Children
TED 155 Intro to Tech Integration and the Reflective Multimedia
TED 255 Children's Literature for Elementary Education
TED 321 Early Childhood Integrated Reading and Language Arts I
TED 322 Early Childhood Integrated Reading and Language Arts II
TED 323 Content and Techniques of K-3 Mathematics I
TED 324 Content & Techniques of K-3 Mathematics II
TED 325 Diversity in Early Childhood Settings
TED 326 Place-Based Environmental Science for Early Childhood Educators
TED 335 Kindergarten Curriculum and Materials
TED 350 Pre-K – Early Elementary Learning Challenges
TED 409 English Language Learners in Early Childhood
TED 411 Leadership and Advocacy for Young Children
TED 424 Inquiry Learning: Society and Environment for Early Elementary
TED 451 Integrating Alternative Methodologies of Early Childhood Education
TED 480 Early Childhood Student Teaching

UWRF University and General Education Requirements (36 credits)

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Admissions Requirements

Successful applicants for either programs will have completed college credits in early childhood education or child development and have relevant work experience. All applicants must meet the admissions standards for transfer students

Candidates for the bachelor's degree with early childhood teacher certification must also have:

  • an associate degree in early childhood education or child development; 

  • a minimum combined grade point average of 2.75; grade C or better in all early childhood major classes;

  • grade B- or better in ENGL 100 (Academic Reading and Writing) or equivalent course;

  • grade B- or better in COMS 101 (Fundamentals for Oral Communication) or equivalent course; 

  • satisfactory scores on an approved basic skills test, as defined by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (qualifying tests/score options); and

  • two supervisor evaluations from previous early childhood practicum experiences.

Application Instructions

Apply onlinelink, pay your application fee, order the delivery of transcripts and, if necessary, submit your test scores by the following deadlines:

July 1 for Fall
December 1 for Spring
April 1 for Summer

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Technical Requirements and Support

Learning and completing your coursework online requires sufficient technology and Internet access. Minimum hardware specifications are available at the Blackboard Collaborativelink web site.

Upcoming Events

Early Childhood Education Conferencelink
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Transfer Institutions

Our students have transferred from the following institutions offering associate's degrees in early childhood education.

Wisconsin Technical Colleges
- Blackhawk
- Chippewa Valley
- Fox Valley
- Gateway
- Lakeshore
- Madison Area
- Mid-State
- Milwaukee Area
- Moraine Park
- Nicolet Area
- Northcentral
- Northeast Wisconsin
- Southwest Wisconsin
- Waukesha County
- Western
- Wisconsin Indianhead

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
- Dakota County Technica
     College
- Hennepin Technical College
- Inver Hills Community College
- Minneapolis Community and
     Technical College
- Minnesota State College -
     Southeast Technical
- Pine Technical College
- Saint Paul College
- South Central College

Rasmussen College