Professional Credential for Preschool Teachers (Wisconsin)
17-307-5 Technical Certificate
The Professional Credential for Preschool Teachers (Wisconsin) certificate is designed for individuals working with children ages three to five. This includes family child care providers, day care teachers, nursery school teachers, certified providers, or anyone wishing to provide a quality environment and learning activities for children in this age group. Coursework consists of 18 credits, representing five courses selected from the Wisconsin Technical College System statewide curriculum for an associate degree, plus a culminating capstone course.
Coursework will be offered in an in-person and/or online instructional format. The early childhood program credentials were created to give learners an alternative to enrolling in the full associate degree program. The certificates are made up of associate degree-level classes. Many of the certificates “ladder” into the associate degree program. The preschool credential is designed to stand alone or to enhance the coursework of the Early Childhood Education associate degree program. Early Childhood Education courses taken prior to 2006 may meet the credential requirement.
Upon completion of certificate classes, students may apply to The Registry for the Wisconsin Professional Credential for Preschool Teachers, 2517 Seiferth Road, Madison, WI, 53716, 608.222.1123, or www.the-registry.org.
As a Professional Credential for Preschool Teachers (Wisconsin) student, you should:
- Enjoy and respect children
- Exhibit a caring attitude
- Use good judgment
- Be dependable
- Communicate effectively
- Be able to accept constructive feedback
Preparation for Admission
As a student in this certificate, you should strive to reach a comfort level in the following courses or skills:
- Parenting/Family Living
- Health/Food Choices
Employers will expect you, after completing the certificate, to:
- Integrate strategies that support diversity and anti-bias perspectives
- Explore early childhood curriculum models
- Provide a healthy, safe, and nutritionally sound early childhood environment
- Incorporate health, safety, and nutrition concepts into the children's curriculum
- Practice positive guidance strategies
- Create a guidance philosophy
- Analyze the development of children age three to age five
- Create developmentally appropriate language, literature, and literacy activities
WITC offers a wide array of credit-based early childhood education courses, credentials, and degree options that align with the Youngstar requirements.