Child Care Program Development: Courses, Credential & Certificate

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

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, you earn a certificate in early childhood program development from UWM. Courses may be taken independently and with or without the intention of completing the four-course series.

Who Should Attend:

  • Teachers interested in moving their careers in 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,

To find details on individual courses, click the course title below.

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

Course available Mar 9-May 7, 2020

Course available Mar 9-May 7

PDC #2: Child Care Programming (Observation, Assessment & Evaluation)

Course available Jan 21-Mar 14

Course available June 1-Aug 1

Course available Jun 1-Aug 1, 2020

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

Course available Jan 21-Mar 28

Course available Jan 25-Mar 28, 2020

Course available Jun 1-Aug 8, 2020

Course available June 6-Aug 8