Preschool teachers, assistant teachers, program directors and administrators will benefit greatly from this credential program. Early care and education professionals wishing to build upon their skills in the preschool setting will find this credential invaluable.
Each age group requires a little something special and preschoolers are no exception. Individuals working with preschool children will enhance their existing skills through this credential while networking with other professionals in the field. The Preschool Credential was developed with 5 courses from the Wisconsin Technical College System Statewide Curriculum for the Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education.
Registry Credentials are offered by accredited higher education institutions located throughout Wisconsin. Call your local technical college or university for more information.
It is recommended that students first enroll in Foundations of Early Childhood Education followed by Child Development. The Preschool Capstone must be taken last. Other than this suggested order, there are no prerequisites for the Preschool Credential courses. Each course is three credits. The courses with a brief description of each are as follows:
Course One: Foundations of Early Childhood Education*
This course provides an introduction to the early childhood profession. Course competencies include: integrate strategies that support diversity and anti-bias perspectives; investigate the history of early childhood education; summarize types of early childhood education settings; identify the components of a quality early childhood education program; summarize responsibilities of early childhood education professionals; explore early childhood curriculum models.
Course Two: Child Development*
Child development within the context of the early childhood education setting is examined in this course. Course competencies include: analyze social, cultural, and economic influences on child development; summarize child development theories; analyze development of children ages three through eight; summarize the methods and designs of child development research; analyze the role of heredity and the environment.
Course Three: Health, Safety, and Nutrition*
This course examines the topics of health, safety, and nutrition within the context of the early childhood educational setting. Course competencies include: integration of strategies that support diversity and anti-bias perspectives; follow governmental regulations and professional standards as they apply to health, safety, and nutrition; provide a safe early childhood program; provide a healthy early childhood program; provide a nutritionally sound early childhood program; adhere to child abuse and neglect mandates; apply Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) risk reduction strategies; incorporate health, safety, and nutrition concepts into the children's curriculum.
Course Four: Guiding Children’s Behavior*
Positive strategies to guide children's behavior in the early childhood education setting will be explored in this course. Course competencies include: integration of strategies that support diversity and anti-bias perspectives; summarize early childhood guidance principles; analyze factors that affect the behavior of children; practice positive guidance strategies; develop guidance strategies to meet individual needs; create a guidance philosophy.
Course Five: Art, Music and Language Arts*
This course will focus on beginning level curriculum development in the specific content areas of art, music, and language arts. Course competencies include: integration of strategies that support diversity and anti-bias perspectives; examine the critical role of play; establish a developmentally appropriate environment; develop activity plans that promote child development and learning; analyze care-giving routines as curriculum; create developmentally appropriate language, literature, and literacy activities; create developmentally appropriate art activities; create developmentally appropriate music and movement activities.
Course Six: Capstone Course – Preschool Credential
The capstone is the last course taken prior to completing the Preschool Credential. The purpose of this capstone course is revisit important themes from the previous five courses. The student will synthesize the information and demonstrate mastery of the competencies through the completion of a portfolio. Prerequisites: Courses 1 through 5 of the Preschool Credential course sequence.
*This course is within the Wisconsin Technical College System Statewide Curriculum for the Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education.