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Early Care and Education – Programming Certificate (WI – Program Development Credential)

Program development and implementation are critical in creating high-quality learning environments where teachers and children thrive. The Early Care and Education – Programming Certificate deepens understanding of intentional teaching and the integration of the teaching cycle components. The courses explore a wide range of subjects including observation and assessment, brain development, the environment as the third teacher, play theory and self-reflection. It is designed for lead teachers, family providers, program directors and curriculum specialists who grow the capacity of other teachers through mentoring and coaching. The certificate complements both the Early Care and Education – Leadership and Administration Certificates.

Certificates can be taken for noncredit or undergraduate credit

Learning Outcomes

  • Explore intentional teaching using the WI Model Early Learning Standards as a framework
  • Build an in-depth understanding of program development as it relates to the child development continuum, staff development and program goals
  • Identify and apply systems and strategies for implementing the Teaching Cycle
  • Demonstrate knowledge of effective and intentional supervision, coaching and staff development
  • Design a capstone project that integrates best practices for creating effective physical and cultural program environments


To register for a certificate or course contact:
Liz Weber, Program Manager at (414) 227-3334 or


To get started, enroll in any one of the first three courses listed. We recommend you begin with Introduction to Child Care (Introduction to Program Development). Earn your certificate by completing 3 courses plus a capstone course. Earn the WI credential by commissioning with The Registry.

COURSESUWM Campus Prefix/Course NumberSpringSummerFall
PDC #1: Introduction to Child Care (Introduction to Program Development)ED POL 381SpringFall
PDC #2: Child Care Programming (Observation, Assessment & Evaluation)ED POL 383SpringSummer
PDC #3: Approaches to Adult-Child Relationships in the Child Care Setting (Staff Supervision, Coaching and Development)ED POL 302SpringFall
PDC #4: Analysis of Child Care Environments (Designing Environments for Learning)ED POL 416SpringSummer
Certificate Information Sheet

Learn what the Early Care and Education – Programming Certificate (WI – Program Development Credential) has to offer

Industry Partners

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T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood
The Registry

Still Have Questions? Contact Us.

Liz Weber, Program Manager

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