Early Childhood Leadership: Courses, Credential & Certificate

As an early childhood professional, you have the vision to lead and the passion to succeed. Now, with the Leadership Credential, begin your own journey to become the exceptional leader you are meant to be.

The Leadership Credential consists of a 12-credit sequence of four courses. It provides the building blocks for successful leadership and grows leadership capacity by focusing on skill development, dispositions, new direction, and visionary change. It complements the Administrator Credential (focus on day-to-day operations and management) and the Program Development Credential (focus on program implementation in high-quality learning environments).

Together, these three credentials provide early care and education professionals at all levels with the knowledge and skills needed to develop and sustain top-caliber programs for young children.

Themes for this four-course series include the importance of excellence and diversity in early childhood programs, and the role of vision and reflective practice in reaching these goals.

Who Should Attend

  • Anyone who wants to lead – including  those who have taken other credentials or previous college courses
  • Early childhood professionals seeking to take their leadership to the next level


  • The first course may be taken individually or as part of the Credential/Certificate
  • Courses must be taken in sequential order
  • Courses are offered in a blended format and locations of face-to-face days are available throughout Wisconsin
  • Courses are available for undergraduate and graduate credit; a non-credit option is available
  • Credits may 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 Liz Weber at eweber53@uwm.edu

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

LC #1: Early Childhood Leadership: The Personal Disposition of a Leader

Course available Oct 14-Dec 14

Course available Oct 25-Dec 14, 2019

Course available Mar 2-May 2, 2020

Course available Mar 9-May 2, 2020

LC #2: Early Childhood Leadership: Leading in Your Program

Course available Jan 13-Mar 14, 2020

Jan 24-Mar 14, 2020

LC #3: Early Childhood Leadership: Leading in the Community & the Field

Course available Mar 16-May 16, 2020

Mar 27-May 16, 2020