Professional Credential for Preschool Teachers (WI)

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Professional Credential for Preschool Teachers (Wisconsin)

Technical Certificate

18 Credits | Less than 1 year

Online Program

Career Cluster: Education and Training

Preschool teachers, assistant teachers, program directors and administrators will benefit greatly from this credential program. Early care and education professionals wishing to build upon their skills in the preschool setting will find this credential invaluable.  

Program Overview

Each age group requires a little something special and preschoolers are no exception. If you work with or are interested in working with preschool children, the Wisconsin Professional Credential for Preschool Teachers will enhance your existing knowledge and skills and provide you with networking opportunities with other professionals in the field. The Preschool Credential was developed with six courses from the Wisconsin Technical College System Statewide Curriculum for the associate degree in Early Childhood Education. 

Program Outcomes

Professional Credential for Preschool Teachers (Wisconsin) graduates will be able to:

  • Assess the development of preschool children
  • Provide a healthy, safe and nutritionally sound preschool environment
  • Practice positive guidance strategies
  • Create developmentally appropriate preschool environments
  • Create developmentally appropriate preschool curriculum
  • Integrate strategies that support diversity and anti-bias perspectives
  • Demonstrate professionalism
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The Wisconsin Professional Credential for Preschool Teachers technical certificate is offered online and is ideal for pursing or enhancing your career. This certificate meets specified technical studies coursework within both the E-Connect-Child Care Services technical diploma and Early Childhood Education associate degree, with seamless opportunities for completion. 

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Flexible scheduling.

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Learn by doing.

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Career pathways. 


Academics

As a graduate, you will become responsible for the care and education of preschool children. You will learn to create and maintain safe and healthy play environments, guide behavior, plan and implement learning activities, and work cooperatively with staff and parents. Graduates of this certificate will be recognized as Wisconsin Registry Career Level 10 once they successfully complete the commission process.

Experienced Instructors, Small Class Sizes

You’ll learn from knowledgeable and passionate instructors who care about your success and will ensure that you get the most out of your education. Small class sizes allow you to connect and interact with your instructors and classmates in fun and meaningful ways.

YoungStar Recognized

YoungStar is designed to help Wisconsin’s child care providers succeed. The simple five star rating system gives providers like you an objective measure of program quality. It rewards excellence and offers programs a clear path to improvement.

T.E.A.C.H. Scholarships

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® WISCONSIN provides higher education scholarships to professionals who work in regulated early childhood and school age care settings seeking approved credit-based education, such as the Wisconsin Professional Credential for Preschool Teachers. 


Curriculum

Coursework is designed for family child care providers, child care teachers, nursery school teachers, certified providers or anyone wishing to provide a quality environment and learning activities for children ages three to five and consists of 18 credits representing six courses selected from the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) statewide curriculum associate degree, plus a culminating capstone course. Graduates of this certificate will be recognized as Wisconsin Registry Career Level 10 once they successfully complete the commission process. 

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Featured Professional Credential for Preschool Teachers Courses

10307167
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UGRD
| 3 CR
This 3-credit course examines the topics of health, safety, and nutrition within the context of the early childhood educational setting. Course competencies include: integrate strategies that support diversity and anti-bias perspectives, follow governmental regulations and professional standards as they apply to health, safety, and nutrition, provide a safe early childhood environment, provide a healthy early childhood environment, plan nutritionally sound menus, adhere to child abuse and neglect mandates, apply Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) risk reduction strategies, apply strategies to prevent the occurrence of Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS), incorporate health, safety, and nutrition concepts into the children's curriculum.
10307110
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UGRD
| 3 CR
This 3-credit course will focus on beginning level curriculum development in the specific integrated content areas of social studies, art, music, & movement (SSAMM).
10307188
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UGRD
| 3 CR
This 3-credit course examines positive strategies to guide children's behavior in the early childhood education setting. Course competencies include: integrate strategies that support diversity, cultural responsiveness, and anti-bias perspectives; analyze techniques for and effects of strong relationship-building with children and families; identify positive and proactive guidance principles and techniques to support children; analyze environmental influences on child behavior; identify strategies that support children’s active engagement in the learning environment; identify strategies that proactively teach emotional literacy and regulation techniques; identify strategies that proactively teach friendship skills; identify strategies that proactively teach children calming, relaxation, and problem-solving techniques; utilize observation and assessment techniques to assess and interpret behavior; create a behavior support plan based on a functional behavior assessment; create a guidance philosophy. This course meets the requirements of the "24 hour Wisconsin" Pyramid Model training.

Professional Credential for Preschool Teachers is Part of a Career Pathway

As a Professional Credential for Preschool Teachers student at WITC, you can earn credentials each step of the way. 

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You could take this first and get a credential.

Technical Certificate
18 credits / Part-time options available
Potential Careers
Child Care Centers, Family Child Care Homes, Preschool or Nursery Schools, Head Start Programs, PreKindergarten, Early Intervention Programs
Range of Yearly Salary
TBD
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You can continue your education to advance your skills.

Technical Diploma
27 Credits / 1 Year / Part-Time Option Available
Potential Careers
Child Care Teacher, Child Care Assistant Teacher, Family Child Care Provider, Infant or Toddler Caregiver, In-home Nanny, Early Childhood Special Needs Assistant, Program Director / Administrator, Public School Teacher Aide / Assistant, Head Start Teacher
Range of Yearly Salary
$15,924-$36,000 annually
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Obtain your associate degree.

Associate Degree
60 Credits / 2 Years
Potential Careers
Child Care Teacher, Child Care Assistant Teacher, Family Child Care Provider, Infant or Toddler Caregiver, In-home Nanny, Early Childhood Special Needs Assistant, Program Director / Administrator, Public School Teacher Aide / Assis
Range of Yearly Salary
$15,000-$35,357 annually
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Continue your education to obtain your bachelor's degree.

Early Childhood Education & E-CHiLD Transfer Options

Cardinal Stritch University | Franklin University | Lakeland University | Northland College | UW-La Crosse | UW-Oshkosh | UW-Parkside | UW-Platteville | UW-River Falls | UW-Stevens Point | UW-Stout | UW-Superior | UW-Whitewater

Admissions and Tuition

WITC has a simple admission process for this program that can be completed in one step: simply fill out an application form. That's it!

Tuition and Fees

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Estimated Total Program Costs 2019-20*

Professional Credential for Preschool Teachers

18 Credits | Less than 1 year

$2,831

$495 for books (including tax)


*Tuition is an estimate and does not include any miscellaneous fees for various courses, tools, books, supplies or uniforms. Program book costs are in addition to tuition and fees and vary depending on course selection and where the books are purchased or rented. 


After the WITC Professional Credential for Preschool Teachers Program

Upon completion of the program, you will obtain a Professional Credential for Preschool Teachers technical certificate. 

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Transfer Options

Transfer your WITC credits to a four-year college in Wisconsin to obtain your bachelor's degree and beyond. 

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Career Outlooks

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Partnership

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Wisconsin logo, a program of Wisconsin Early Childhood Association

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® WISCONSIN provides higher education scholarships to professionals who work in regulated early childhood and school age care settings. Since its inception in 1999, T.E.A.CH. has provided more than 14,000 scholarships to over 8,000 early childhood teachers.

Learn more about T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® WISCONSIN here.

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