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Early Childhood Professional Development One Certificate

Certificate Number 9030714

The Early Childhood Professional Development One Certificate consists of courses especially designed to fit into the topics covered in the YoungStar indicators. These online, one-credit courses allow you to complete coursework when it’s most convenient for you, and in shorter segments than typical 3-credit courses. Guided discussion and online web links supplement course textbooks. Course outlines and due dates help you stay on track. For those working in childcare settings, assignments and projects are relevant to and immediately useful on the job. Take as many or as few courses as you are comfortable with within a semester.

Certificate Completers will be able to

. Plan menus for children including children with special needs.
. Develop strategies for working with school-age children.
. Communicate effectively and form partnerships with families.
. Apply Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards in early childhood environments.
. Plan and carry out learning activities with specific goals in mind.
. Assess young childrens’ behavior and skills using the portfolio method.


With the successful completion of the Early Childhood Professional Development One and Two Certificates (12 credits), students may apply for advanced standing in the Early Childhood Program. If you have two years of documented work experience in a licensed child care center in the State of Wisconsin and proof of introductory non-credit courses that include infant and toddler development (Wisconsin Child Care licensing requirement), you are eligible for 15 credits of advanced standing.
Can this certificate help your center achieve a higher YoungStar rating?
In order for a child care program/family child care provider to achieve 3 or more Stars in YoungStar, lead teaching staff, program directors and family child care providers are required to complete credit based instruction to gain targeted competencies related to high quality programming.

These one credit classes allow you to stack 1 credit training options to reach these requirements and to move towards degree pathways. For example, completion of Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards class can lead to a program earning a point when 50% of 100% of staff have completed this training.

Completion of NWTC credit based coursework such as improving environments or teacher/family communication will support the competencies of the teacher/provider and when put into practice will be observed during a YoungStar technical rating and/or YoungStar formal rating and the program can then possibly receive YoungStar points.

Completion of early childhood and school age credits by group center lead teaching staff/family child care providers will help the program earn points in YoungStar.


Catalog No. Description Credits

10-307-108 ECE: Food/Nutrition Issues
10-307-225 ECE: Intentional Teaching
10-307-210 ECE: Portfolio-Individualized Child
10-307-109 ECE: School Age
10-307-110 ECE: Teacher/Family Communication
10-307-180 ECE: WI Model Early Learning Stds

Certificate Total

Course Descriptions

10-307-108 ECE: Food/Nutrition Issues...allergies, breast-bottle, poverty-nutrition, environmental factors, nutrition guidelines, food pyramid. Will help early care workers meet 25 hours per year requirement for education while earning 1-credit towards associate degree.

10-307-225 ECE: Intentional Teaching...define and understand intentional teaching, identify and analyze learning experiences/activities and recognize teaching strategies used to support the learning experiences.

10-307-210 ECE: Portfolio-Individualized Child...explore the purpose of an individualized child portfolio, recognize assessment methods, assess child development and organize and use a portfolio.

10-307-109 ECE: School Age...working with school age children. The learner will explore school age childcare including developmental characteristics, discipline and guidance, daily routine and environments.

10-307-110 ECE: Teacher/Family Communication...relationships between early childhood professionals and families they work with. Competencies include: analyze contemporary family patterns, trends, relationships; utilize effective communication strategies; implement strategies that support diversity and anti-bias perspectives.

10-307-180 ECE: W.M.E.L.S....enhances the student's ability to analyze the guiding principles and the five developmental domains related to the WI Early Learning Standards, apply the WMELS to various developmentally appropriate curriculum models, activities and assessments, integrate the WI Early Learning Standards into the program's teaching cycle (ongoing assessment, planning and curriculum goals, and implementation).

For more information, please contact: The Community & Regional Learning Services Department, (920) 498-6255, or (800) 422-NWTC, extension 6255, or contact Enrollment Services at 888-385-NWTC.