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 five 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:

  • 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
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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 Ladder-Career Level 10. 

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 five courses selected from the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) statewide curriculum associate degree, plus a culminating capstone course. Graduates of this program will be recognized by The Registry, Wisconsin’s recognition system for the childhood care and education profession, as Wisconsin Registry Career Ladder-Career Level 10. 

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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.
10307178
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UGRD
| 3 CR
This 3-credit course will focus on beginning level curriculum development in the specific content areas of art, music, and language arts. Course competencies include: integrate strategies that support diversity and anti-bias perspectives; examine the critical role of play; establish a developmentally appropriate environment for art, music, and language arts; develop activity plans that promote child development and learning; analyze caregiving routines as curriculum; create developmentally appropriate language, literature, and literacy activities; create developmentally appropriate art activities; create developmentally appropriate music and movement activities.
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 and anti-bias perspectives; summarize early childhood guidance principles; analyze factors that affect the behavior of children; practice positive guidance strategies; develop guidance strategies to meet individual needs; create a guidance philosophy.

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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Professional Credential for Preschool Teachers

Technical Certificate
18 Credits / 3 Semesters Part Time
Potential Careers
Child Care Centers, Family Child Care Homes, Preschool or Nursery Schools, Head Start Programs, PreKindergarten, Early Intervention Programs
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You can continue your education to advance your skills.

E-Connect-Child Care Services

Technical Diploma
27 Credits / 1 Year / 2 Semesters Full Time; 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
$18,199-$33,589 annually
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Early Childhood Education

Associate Degree
69 Credits / Associate Degree - 2 Year
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
$18,000-$42,117 annually
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Early Childhood Education & E-CHiLD Bachelor's Degree

Ashford University | Cardinal Stritch University | Lakeland University | Northland College | UW-Barron County | UW-Green Bay | UW-La Crosse | UW-Oshkosh | UW-Milwaukee | UW-River Falls | UW-Stevens Point | UW-Stout | UW-Superior | UW-Whitewater
Potential Careers
Licensed Pre-K Teacher (4K), Kindergarten Teacher, Elementary School Teacher
Range of Yearly Salary
$39,354–$41,780 annually

Admissions and Tuition

To apply for a certificate, just fill out an application form either online or at a campus, and WITC will guide you from there. 

Tuition and Fees

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Estimated Total Program Costs*

Professional Credential for Preschool Teachers

18 Credits | Less than 1 year

$2,628

$2,628 In Tuition and Fees


*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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