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Early Care and Education – Customized Certificate

As an experienced Early Care and Education (ECE) professional, you know the magnitude of your job in providing quality care and education to our youngest learners. The Early Care and Education – Customized Certificate lets you determine the knowledge areas and skills you need to meet your own professional development interests, position requirements, state regulations, QRIS requirements and/or accreditation standards. Continue to build your capacity and expand your marketability for a variety of career opportunities.

Your biggest challenge will be deciding which four courses to select! Choose from five administration courses that focus on day-to-day operations, management skills and business practice savvy. Consider three leadership courses that cover effective leadership skills and dispositions, reflective supervision, and field-wide advocacy and initiatives. And explore four programming courses that look at program implementation, program culture and coaching in high-quality learning environments.

Learning Outcomes

  • Comprehend and apply organizational frameworks, practices and systems
  • Describe the relationship between sound financial management and quality program planning
  • Outline the importance of excellence and diversity in early childhood programs and the role of vision and reflective practice in reaching these goals
  • Learn and apply leadership theory for building a competent, motivated and resilient team
  • Build an in-depth understanding of program development as it relates to the child development continuum, staff development and program goals
  • Demonstrate knowledge of effective and intentional supervision, coaching and staff development


To register for certificate courses contact:
Shari Vinluan, Program Manager at (414) 227-3223 or


To get started, choose four courses from the 12 courses listed below. Choose to start anytime!

COURSESUWM Campus Prefix/Course NumberFallSpringSummer
A #1: Administration & Supervision in Early Childhood Programs
A #2: Operations Management in Early Childhood Programs
A #3: Financial Management & Planning in Early Childhood Programs
A #4: Early Childhood Programs & the External Environment
A #5: Best Program Practices for Children & Families in Early Childhood
L #1: Early Childhood Leadership: The Personal Disposition of a Leader
L #2: Early Childhood Leadership: Leading in Your Program
L #3: Early Childhood Leadership: Leading in the Community & the Field
P #1: Introduction to Program Development in Early Childhood
P #2: Observation, Assessment & Evaluation in Early Childhood Programs
P #3: Designing Early Childhood Environments for Learning
P #4: Approaches to Adult-Child Relationships in the Child Care Setting (Staff Supervision, Coaching and Development)

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