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Child Care Program Development: Courses, Credential & Certificate

Each credential adds a new layer and level to the skills, knowledge and disposition of the early care and education professional. The Program Development Credential (PDC) promotes the development of a high-quality learning environment.

The PDC consists of a 12-credit sequence of four courses. The Registry, Wisconsin’s professional recognition system, awards the credential after successful completion of all four courses and the Registry’s commissioning process. Along with the credential, earn a certificate in early childhood program development from UWM’s School of Continuing Education. Courses may be taken independently and with or without the intention of completing the four-course series.

Who Should Attend:

  • Teachers interested in moving along their path toward new directions
  • Family Child Care Providers and FCCPs making the transition to group centers
  • Program directors, assistant directors and site directors
  • Directors of small group programs who do it all
  • Those entering ECE through the business arena
  • Teachers transitioning into director positions
  • Master and lead teachers in supervisory roles.


  • Take courses individually or as part of the Credential/Certificate
  • Courses are offered in blended and online formats
  • Credits can be applied to specific UWM degree programs
  • Click on “Course” tab below for full descriptions of each course

To register for these credit-based courses, contact Shari Vinluan directly at svinluan@uwm.edu.

  • State Licensing & NAEYC Accreditation Criteria

    Child Care Educator Courses must meet state licensing requirements for child care teachers and NAEYC accreditation criteria for assistant teachers – call today for more information.

  • T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship Program

  • WI Registry