Child Care Program Development Certificate

The Program Development Credential focuses on program implementation in high-quality learning environments – from curriculum development to staff coaching/mentoring.

The PDC consists of a 12-credit sequence of four courses. It complements the Administrator Credential (which focuses on day-to-day operations and management) and the Leadership Credential (which focuses on effective leadership skills and dispositions, new directions and visionary change). Together, these three credentials provide early-care and education professionals at all levels with the knowledge and skills they need to develop and sustain high-caliber programs for young children.

The Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards is a framework for program quality. This four-course series uses WMELS concepts to explore the areas of child development, curriculum planning based on observation, assessment and evaluation, developmentally appropriate environments, play theory, and investigatory learning. Special attention is given to nurturing teachers and other staff to increase their competency in these areas through coaching, professional development activities and effective supervision.

To take these courses for UNIVERSITY CREDIT, please call Shari Vinluan directly at 414-227-3223.

Single courses may be taken without the pursuit of the certificate.

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

Curriculum Requirements

Earn the certificate by completing 4 courses

Earn the certificate by completing 4 courses

PDC #1: Introduction to Child Care (Introduction to Program Development)

Course available Sept 3-Oct 26

Sept 7-Oct 26, 2019

Course available Mar 9-May 7, 2020

Course available Mar 9-May 7, 2020

PDC #4: Analysis of Child Care Environments (Designing Environments for Learning)

Course available Jan 21-Mar 28, 2020

Course available Jan 25-Mar 28, 2020