Early Childhood Student 

Bachelor's Degree Completion

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.


  • 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 Wisconsin scholarship.

High Quality

  • Approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

  • Designated as a National Education Association (NEA) 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
Program Curriculum for Degree and Certification

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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, or equivalent coursework; 

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

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

  • grade C 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 online, 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 Collaborative web site. Please note that a web camera (web cam) is required hardware for this program.


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For More Information

Debra Hare
Outreach Program Specialist
715-425-3557 or 800-228-5607

"I don't know if I would have been able to earn my degree if it were not for this program. The program was obviously designed to meet the needs of a nontraditional/distance learner and it works."

-- Jurita M. Foltyn

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
- 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