Early Childhood Bachelor Completion Program
Are any of the courses
When and where are
the courses offered?
All the courses for the Early Childhood Bachelor Completion
program will be offered at our downtown City Center location with the exception
of two summer courses that require the use of a lab. Those two courses will be held
on the main campus. All the courses
begin at 5 p.m. This program does not have any daytime
Does the TEACH Early
Childhood Wisconsin recognize this program?
Yes, but the student must work with TEACH to determine
Do I have to have an associate degree in early childhood in order to be accepted into the program?
It is best if you do have an associate degree in early childhood. However, if you do not have an associate degree but have taken
other credits in education at other institutions, we would review your
transcripts to see if you have enough credits that apply toward the program.
If I have earned an associate degree in early childhood, how many of my credits will transfer to
Cardinal Stritch University?
Our Early Childhood Bachelor Completion Program has an
articulation agreement with all the Wisconsin technical colleges that will
transfer 48 credits from the associate degree. Additional credits will be evaluated for
possible course equivalencies and may waive select courses in the program.
What are the
requirements for student teaching?
In order to student teach you have to pass the Praxis I and
II and the Wisconsin Foundation of Reading Test as well as pass all your courses.
At what point in the
program do I have to pass the Praxis I and II?
If you want to student teach and obtain your teaching
license, you must have passed Praxis I and II by the end of your second year in
the program. To find our more
information about the Praxis I and II tests, please visit www.ets.org.
Is there any
support to help me prepare for the Praxis I and II?
Yes. Throughout the program, we will be strengthening your
reading, writing and math skills to prepare you for those tests. In addition, we have a license to an online
software called PLATO which allows you to take practice tests and then
prescribe some extra practice in the areas were you are struggling. This program is also used by our instructors
as a tool to prepare you for the Praxis tests.
Can I student teach
at my current job?
In most cases, you will be able to student teach in your
current place of employment. In order to do that, you must be working with
students in the birth to 8 age range. If you are not the lead teacher in that
classroom, then the lead teacher that you are working with must agree to allow
you to take over the instruction for at least five weeks during your student
Since this program is
a cohort model, what happens if I have to step out of the cohort for a
Once students are accepted into the program, they are
automatically registered for the entire three-year program. If something comes up and they have to step
out, then they would have to join the next cohort when they
What if I am not
working in an early childhood classroom when I apply to the program?
If you are not employed in an early childhood classroom,
then we would find a non-paid placement for you with one of our partners. We
always advise any candidates who are trying to enter our program to try to find
a job at a day care center so that they can be compensated for their work as
they go through the program. But we can
help them find a non-paid placement until they are able to secure a job within
an early childhood setting.