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Early Childhood: The Preschool Certificate

Certificate Number 9030711

The Preschool Certificate is designed for individuals working with children ages three to five. This might include family childcare providers, day care teachers, nursery school teachers, certified providers, or anyone wishing to provide a quality environment and learning activities for children in this critical age group. Courses can be taken in any order and concurrently, as long as ECE: Preschool Capstone (10-307-102) is taken last. Completion of all six courses will prepare learners to receive The Wisconsin Preschool Credential from The Registry-Wisconsin’s Recognition System for the Childhood Care and Education Profession.

Certificate Completers will be able to

. Integrate strategies that support diversity and anti-bias perspective.
. Explore early childhood curriculum models.
. Provide a health, safe, and nutritionally sound early childhood environment.
. Incorporate health, safety, and nutrition concepts into the childrens' curriculum.
. Practice positive guidance strategies.
. Create a guidance philosophy.
. Analyze the development of children age three through age eight.
. Create developmentally appropriate language, literature, and literacy activities.

Completers will be able to apply credits toward the following programs:

. 103071, Early Childhood Education


Catalog No. Description Credits

10-307-178 ECE: Art Music & Language Arts
10-307-179 ECE: Child Development
10-307-148 ECE: Foundations of ECE
10-307-188 ECE: Guiding Child Behavior
10-307-167 ECE: Health Safety & Nutrition
10-307-102 ECE: Preschool Capstone

Certificate Total

Course Descriptions

10-307-178 ECE: Art Music & Language Arts...beginning curriculum development in art, music, and language arts. Role of play; developmentally appropriate environment; promote child development; caregiving routines as curriculum; language, literature, and literacy activities, art/music, movement activities.

10-307-179 ECE: Child Development...child development in the early childhood education setting. Social, cultural, and economic influences on child development; child development theories; development of children age three to eight; child development research; heredity and environment.

10-307-148 ECE: Foundations of ECE... integrate strategies that support diversity and anti-bias perspectives; summarize early childhood education settings; identify components of a quality program; summarize responsibilities of early childhood professionals; explore early childhood curriculum models.

10-307-188 ECE: Guiding Child Behavior...strategies to guide children's behavior in the early childhood setting. Anti-bias perspectives, guidance principles, factors affecting behavior, guidance strategies, individual needs, guidance philosophy.

10-307-167 ECE: Health Safety &, safety, and nutrition in early childhood settings. Anti-bias perspectives; governmental regulations and professional standards; safe, healthy, and nutritionally sound early childhood programs; child abuse/neglect mandates; SIDS risk reduction; Shaken Baby Syndrome.

10-307-102 ECE: Preschool Capstone...synthesizing the information and demonstrating mastery of the competencies through the completion of a portfolio. Capstone is the last course students take prior to completing the Preschool Credential. Student must be in an early childhood setting with preschool age children (3 to 5 years) during this course. (Prerequisites: 10-307-178 ECE: Art Music & Lang Arts; 10-307-179 ECE: Child Development; 10-307-148 ECE: Foundations of ECE; 10-307-188 ECE: Guiding Child Behavior; 10-307-167 ECE: Hlth Safety & Nutrition)

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.