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Early Childhood - Infant Toddler - Certificate

The 12-credit certificate is designed for providers who work with children under the age of three. This includes family childcare providers, infant toddler teachers, assistant teachers, child care administrators, directors, Birth to 3 aides/teachers, certified providers, and anyone considering entering early childhood care and education of children in the first three years of life. Courses can be taken in any order and concurrently, as long as Infant/Toddler-Capstone (10-307-115) is taken last. Completion of the four courses in this certificate, along with preparation of a portfolio, permits the student to apply for and attain the Wisconsin Registry Infant Toddler Credential.

Program Code: 903073
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Requirements for Certificate Entry

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Students following the study plan below will complete the certificate in the number of semesters shown.

Total Credits 12
  • Curriculum Note: Students must earn a grade of "C" or higher in all 10-307-XXX courses to successfully graduate the Early Childhood: Infant Toddler Certificate.

Certificate Outcomes

  • Apply principles related to the care and education of children three and under.
  • Care for infants and toddlers in group settings.
  • Establish partnerships with parents and in the community.
  • Provide evidence of additional education beyond the minimum requirements for teachers of children under 3.
  • Become a more effective caregiver.
  • Become more marketable to prospective child care center employers.
  • Have specialized knowledge and understanding of the development, needs and interests of children in the first three years of life.
  • Increase your professional qualification - your level on The Registry.

What else do I need to know about the program?

Industry Credentials

Commission with the Wisconsin Registry to earn the Infant Toddler Credential. This 12-credit certificate meets the infant toddler educational requirements for the state of Wisconsin Licensing Codes, DCF 251: Licensing Rules for Group Child Care Centers, and DCF 250: Licensing Rules for Family Child Care Centers.

Successful graduates of this certificate will be eligible to apply for Wisconsin Registry Career Level 9.


Classes wherever you have an internet connection. 

  • An in-person career experience, such as an internship, practicum, or credit for prior learning, may be required.
  • Some online courses may be held at specific dates/times.
Classes between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Classes between the hours of 5:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
A combination of online classes and Saturday and/or Sunday classes.
12 or more credits per term.
Fewer than 12 credits per term.