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Early Childhood Professional Development Two Certificate

Certificate Number 9030715

The Early Childhood Professional Development Two 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

. Develop a curriculum to get children active and moving throughout the day.
. Implement appropriate tracking methods in early childhood settings in the state of Wisconsin.
. Communicate with and involve families in your classroom or center.
. Use the environmental rating scale in your early childhood environment.
. Evaluate and then appropriately modify your early childhood learning environment.
. Improve the work environment in your child care center.


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

10-307-206 ECE: Family Involvement
10-307-208 ECE: Improving Environments
10-307-209 ECE: Model Work Standards
10-307-203 ECE: Physical Activity-Child
10-307-207 ECE: Rating Scales/Environment
10-307-205 ECE: Supervision Tracking and Rptg

Certificate Total

Course Descriptions

10-307-206 ECE: Family Involvement... identify parent involvement with early childhood programs, demonstrate family communication techniques, develop ways to invite parent input into the early childhood program.

10-307-208 ECE: Improving Environments...examine a quality early childhood environment.

10-307-209 ECE: Model Work Standards...recognize the importance of an effective workforce, build/sustain an effective workforce through the Model Work Standards, meet YoungStar indicators, and share decision making for goal setting and action planning

10-307-203 ECE: Physical Activity-Child...discuss benefits of physical activity for children, assess a child's motor skills, develop a curriculum plan incorporating physical movement and motor skill activities.

10-307-207 ECE: Rating Scales/Environment...investigate the environmental rating scale, summarize how the scale is used and identify the progression of elements in each subscale of the Environmental Rating Scale.

10-307-205 ECE: Supervision Tracking/Reporting...improve the methods in childhood center to ensure safety. Design tracking methods for classrooms, as well as entire center. Accept responsibility for reporting incidences.

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.