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Early Childhood: Inclusion Certificate

Program Code: 9030712

The Early Childhood: Inclusion Certificate is designed to help you build the skills, knowledge, resources and attitudes to successfully work with ALL children in your centers and programs. Working with children who have special needs can present unique challenges and opportunities to the child care industry and early childhood education field in Wisconsin. Even experienced practitioners have felt intimidated in serving this population due to a lack of up-to-date information and a well thought out service approach. Courses can be taken in any order and concurrently, as long as ECE: Inclusion Capstone (10-307-173) is taken last. Completion of all four courses will prepare learners to receive The Wisconsin Inclusion Credential from The Registry-Wisconsin’s Recognition System for the Childhood Care and Education Profession.


Certificate Completers will be able to

• Provide inclusive programs for young children utilizing legal and ethical requirements.
• Differentiate between typical and exceptional development by analyzing physical, cognitive, health/medical, communication, and/or behavioral/emotional behaviors and disorders.
• Utilize specific discipline and guidance strategies and individualized intensive interventions based on the CSEFEL Curriculum.
• Understand medical issues and specialized health care needs of individuals with disabilities.
• Examine and learn care of altered body systems function and provide special health care needs.
• Know how to connect with community resources regarding medical issues and professionals.

Industry Credentials

Commission with The Registry for the Wisconsin Inclusion Credential.

Catalog No. Description
10-307-187 ECE: CHILDREN WITH DIFFERING ABILITIES ...This 3-credit course focuses on the child with differing abilities in an early childhood education setting. Course competencies include: integrate strategies that support diversity, cultural responsiveness, and anti-bias perspectives; promote inclusive programs for young children; apply legal and ethical requirements including, but not limited to, ADA and IDEA; examine the consultation process to embed intervention in natural based settings; differentiate between typical and exceptional development; analyze the differing abilities of children with physical, cognitive, health/medical, communication, and/or behavioral/emotional disorders; identify community and professional resources; interpret an individual educational plan (IEP/IFSP) for children with developmental differences; adapt curriculum to meet the needs of children with developmental differences; examine strategies for cultivating partnerships with families who have children with developmental differences. (Prerequisite: 10-307-174, ECE: Introductory Practicum)
10-307-140 ECE: BEHAVIOR EMOTIONAL CHALLENGES rapport, create supportive environments; demonstrate/define social-emotional teaching/guidance strategies; assess challenging behaviors; describe diagnoses; develop individualized guidance plans; communicate team approaches including all children.
10-307-141 ECE: SPECIAL HEALTH CARE NEEDS ...recognize family as expert; roles of health care professionals/program staff; community resources; educational implications/adaptive strategies; health promotion; care of individuals with altered body systems; emergency management.
10-307-142 ECE: INCLUSION CAPSTONE FAMILY AND TEAM CENTERED PRACTICES ...Final Inclusion Credential Course through the Registry. Volunteer 30 hours with special needs child in ECE program. Engage child/family in home/community settings. Complete required Credential Portfolio and Wisconsin Registry Commission. (Prerequisites: Accepted in the Inclusion Certificate, 930712; 10-307-187, ECE: Children with Differing Abilities; 10-307-140, ECE: Behavior and Emotional Challenges; 10-307-141, ECE: Special Healthcare Needs)
Certificate Total

Industry Credentials

Commission with The Registry for the Wisconsin Inclusion Credential.


• Wisconsin Caregiver Law
NWTC is required to comply with the Wisconsin Caregiver Law (2009 WISCONSIN ACT 76). The completion of a caregiver background check includes the review of criminal records for convictions of serious crimes or a history of improper behavior. Students accepted into this program must complete a background check. A fee is charged for this service. Information regarding this process is provided to students immediately upon acceptance into the program. Students with a criminal history may be denied access to placement at the discretion of the practicum site. Consequently, should a student have a history of convictions of serious crimes or a history of improper behaviors, NWTC cannot guarantee practicum placement or guarantee graduation within typical program timing. Please note: students in the Early Childhood Education program must complete and submit a CBC, regardless of whether or not they have completed a similar form at their place of employment. NWTC runs its own checks and will not accept the results of a CBC from another institution.