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Early Childhood Licensing Basic Ages 0 to 2 - Certificate

This nine-credit certificate is designed for individuals wishing to satisfy the 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. All courses in this certificate will transfer into the Early Childhood technical diploma and associate degree programs.

Program Code: 613073
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All credits from this certificate apply toward the following associate degree(s):

Early Childhood Education, 103071

All credits from this certificate apply toward the following technical diploma(s):

Early Childhood Assistant Teacher, 313076


  • Day
  • Evening
  • Full-time
  • Online
  • Part-time

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Requirements for Certificate Entry

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What are my courses?


Students following the study plan below will complete the Early Childhood Licensing Basic Ages 0-2 Technical Diploma in the number of semesters shown. All courses in this certificate may be applied toward the Early Childhood Associate Degree program.

Total Credits 9
  • Curriculum Note: Students must earn a "C" or higher in all 10-307-XXX courses to successfully graduate the Early Childhood Licensing Basic Ages 0-2 Certificate. If the course is sequential, the successful retake must occur before continuing the sequence.

Certificate Outcomes

  • Analyze development of infants and toddlers (conception to three years).
  • Examine culturally and developmentally appropriate environments for infants and toddlers.
  • Follow governmental regulations and professions standards as they apply to health, safety, and nutrition.
  • Analyze the role of heredity and environment.
  • Apply Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards in early childhood environments.
  • Have specialized knowledge and understanding of the development, needs and interests of children in the first three years of life.
  • Establish partnerships with parents and in the community.

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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.