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Teaching programs for Early Childhood Education (ECE) licensure

Become a skilled and compassionate early education teacher at Concordia with our enriching curriculum, dedicated faculty, and manageable class schedules.

We have an accelerated online program to earn your bachelor's degree and Wisconsin teaching license.

If you already have a bachelor's degree and need to only earn your initial teacher's licensure, you can become a student in our Concordia Accelerated Plan for Teacher Licensure (CAPTL) program. This is also an online program giving you more flexibility with your busy schedule.


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Course Schedule

You have the flexibility to tailor your course load with our trimesters structured in 8-week sessions.

Admissions Details

We provide multiple dates throughout the calendar year to start a program. Submit your application at any time.


Convenient payment plans, scholarships, school partnerships, and financial aid options make funding your education easy.

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Earn a bachelor's degree and initial licensure in Early Childhood

For individuals from birth - 3rd grade
  • Accelerated 8-week courses
  • 120 credits
  • $475 per credit (2023-2024)
  • Online courses are the primary format. You take at a time that works for you during each session.
  • Select courses will be taken in real-time via Zoom on a scheduled night of the week with the professor and other students.
  • Complete observation hours and student teaching in approved schools and/or educational settings
  • Transfer up to 84 credits
  • Eligible for financial aid 
  • Eligible for Uncommon Scholarships

Check out our other online bachelor's in education programs.

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Early Childhood & Elementary Education licensure

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This post-baccalaureate option is part of our CAPTL program that will endorse you to teach both early childhood education and elementary education, so you will have licensures for birth to 3rd grade and 4k-9th grade. Graduate with the educational skills and confidence to teach multiple age groups.

  • Accelerated 8-week courses
  • 52 Credits (master's degree and licensure)
  • $690 per credit for tuition (2023-2024)
  • Online courses are the primary format. You take at a time that works for you during each session.
  • Each course requires you to attend a real-time Zoom lesson at a scheduled time on a Saturday.
  • Transfer in up to 50% of your graduate credits
  • Complete student teaching at approved schools and/or educational settings
  • Available as a license only 
  • Eligible for Uncommon Scholarships.
  • Financial aid available for degree-seeking students.

Funding your education

Concordia's payment plan allows you to break tuition into automatic monthly payments

*Uncommon Scholarships and financial aid are available for qualifying students.

Scholarship details

Frequently Asked Questions

You will earn an Early Childhood teaching license (Birth - 3rd grade) if you enroll in the bachelor's program.

In our CAPTL program (master's degree), you will earn an Early Childhood and an Elementary Education (4k-9th grade) teaching license.

For students seeking a bachelor's degree + license, the answer is no. You must complete the coursework for your bachelor's in order to teach in the state of Wisconsin.

For post-baccalaureate students, you may take only the licensure curriculum. However, the only difference between the licensure only option and the master's degree is a practicum. So we encourage students to do both! Plus, only qualifying degree-seeking students are eligible for financial aid. 

Classes for both the bachelor's and master's programs run on 8-week schedules. You can start a program at the beginning of any new session. Upcoming start dates:

  • May 13 (summer term)
  • June 24 (summer term)
  • August 26 (fall term)
  • October 21 (fall term)

To obtain your initial teacher licensure in early childhood education, you must fulfill the necessary hours of observation and student teaching. These hands-on experiences will take place in approved schools and educational environments, including licensed daycare centers. Further guidance on selecting your placement will be discussed with the faculty.