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Early Childhood: Preschool Certificate

Program Code: 9030711

The Preschool Certificate is designed for individuals working with children ages three to five. This might include family childcare providers, child care teachers, preschool teachers, certified providers, or anyone wishing to provide a quality environment and learning activities for children in this critical age group. The ECE: Preschool Practicum (10-307-175) 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.

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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 children's 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

Industry Credentials

Commission with The Registry for the Wisconsin Preschool Credential.

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Curriculum
Catalog No. Description
Credits
10-307-167 ECE: HEALTH/SAFETY/NUTRITION...health, 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.
10-307-179 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.
10-307-188 ECE: GUIDING CHILDREN'S 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. (Prerequisite: 10-307-174, ECE: Introductory Practicum OR accepted in Early Childhood Preschool Certificate 9030711)
10-307-110 ECE: Social Studies, Art & Music ...This 3-credit course will focus on beginning level curriculum development in the specific integrated content areas of social studies, art, music, & movement (SSAMM).
10-307-108 ECE: Early Language & Literacy ...This course explores strategies to encourage the development of early language and literacy knowledge and skill building in children birth to 8 years of age. Learners will investigate the components of literacy including; literacy and a source of enjoyment, vocabulary and oral language, phonological awareness, knowledge of print, letters and words, comprehension and an understanding of books and other texts. Theories and philosophies regarding children's language and literacy development will be addressed. Dual language learning will be examined within the context of developmentally appropriate practices. Assessment tools for early language and literacy acquisition will be reviewed.
10-307-175 ECE: PRESCHOOL PRACTICUM ...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: 10-307-167 ECE: Hlth Safety & Nutrition; 10-307-179 ECE: Child Development; 10-307-110 ECE: Social Studies, Art, Music; 10-307-108 ECE: Early Language & Literacy; 10-307-188 ECE: Guiding Child Behavior OR 10-307-174, ECE: Introductory Practicum; Accepted in Early Childhood Program or Early Childhood Assistant Teacher Technical Diploma OR Early Childhood Preschool Certificate; Corequisite: 10-890-101, College 101)
Certificate Total
18
Curriculum Note
Students must earn a "C" or higher in all 10-307-XXX courses to successfully graduate the Early Childhood: The Preschool Certificate. A student must repeat the particular course with a "C" or better final grade to continue in or graduate from this program. If the course is sequential, the successful retake must occur before continuing the sequence.
The Preschool Practicum may be applied to the Early Childhood Technical Diploma, Associate Degree Program or it may be applied as the capstone course in The Registry Preschool Credential. Learners interested in earning the Preschool Credential from The Registry should complete the following courses prior to the Practicum. 10-307-167 ECE: Health Safety & Nutrition; 10-307-179 ECE: Child Development; 10-307-110 ECE: Social Studies, Art, Music; 10-307-108 ECE: Early Language & Literacy; 10-307-188 ECE: Guiding Child Behavior OR 10-307-174.
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Industry Credentials

Commission with The Registry for the Wisconsin Preschool Credential.

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