Professional Credential for Infants/Toddlers (Wisconsin)
17-307-3 Technical Certificate
Certificate Availability Varies
The Professional Credential for Infants/Toddlers (Wisconsin) is designed for and will benefit infant/toddler educators, teacher's assistants, program directors and administrators from full day and half day early care and education programs including: child care centers, family child care homes, Head Start, pre-kindergarten, early intervention programs, and preschool or nursery schools. Students will gain knowledge of the unique skills and experience needed to provide nurturing, stimulating, high quality infant and toddler care.
Upon completion of certificate classes, students may apply to the Registry for the Wisconsin Professional Credential for Infants/Toddlers, 2517 Seiferth Road, Madison, WI 54716, 608.222.1123, www.the-registry.org.
To meet the needs of all students, the Professional Credential for Infants/Toddlers (Wisconsin) will be offered in a fully online environment. The flexibility and accessibility of distance learning allows students to decide where and when to attend class, eliminating the barriers that traditional classes often place on working students. As an online student, you can study from home, the office, or an Internet cafe - anywhere you can find a connection.
Students who successfully complete the Professional Credential for Infants/Toddlers (Wisconsin) may also have the opportunity to obtain the Infant Mental Health Endorsement offered via the Wisconsin Alliance for Infant Mental Health.
As a Professional Credential for Infants/Toddlers (Wisconsin) certificate student, you should:
- Enjoy and respect children and families
- Communicate effectively
- Get along well with people
- Work well under pressure and handle multiple tasks
- Be able to make decisions
Preparation for Admission
You should strive to reach a comfort level in the following courses or skills:
- Written Composition
- Parenting/Family Living
- Communication Skills
- Basic problem-solving skills
Employers will expect you, after completing this certificate, to:
- Apply developmental knowledge and observation to design, implement, and evaluate individual and group curriculum experiences for infants and toddlers
- Create respectful, healthy, and safe physical and interpersonal environments for infants and toddlers
- Utilize culturally responsive verbal and nonverbal caregiver strategies
- Select appropriate materials and promote health, safety, and nutrition guidelines specific to early care environments
- Design experiences and utilize caregiver strategies that support family involvement and reciprocal relationships
- Perform professionally and ethically, use self-reflection and knowledge, and access relevant resources
WITC offers a wide array of credit-based early childhood education courses, credentials, and degree options that align with the Youngstar requirements.