Program Development

The Registry Program Development Credential


Individuals responsible for planning, implementing, and evaluating an early care and education program including teachers, family child care providers, program directors, assistant directors, site supervisors, individuals entering the early care and education field from a different industry, and those who have completed other credentials who wish to broaden their knowledge and expertise will benefit from this credential.


The skills learned through this credential help students create a learning community of children and adults that promotes optimal child development, healthy families, and healthy relationships in supportive environments.


Registry Credentials are offered by accredited higher education institutions located throughout Wisconsin. Call your local technical college or university for more information. The following is a list of colleges and universities throughout Wisconsin that offer this Credential:

Course Information:

Each course is three credits. The courses with a brief description of each are as follows:
Find Program Development Credential courses on The Registry Statewide Training Calendar

Course One: Introduction to Program Development

This course provides an overview of program development by exploring definitions, roles, ethics and responsibilities. This course will define and describe what an early care and education/youth care program is and what it means to be responsible for developing and implementing a high quality program.

Course Two: Observation, Assessment & Evaluation

This course includes discussions and practical application of techniques and tools for observation, assessment, and evaluation of individual children, the curriculum, classrooms, and staff. Systems for planning, goal setting, and monitoring will provide continuous information on the quality of the early childhood program, teachers, and student outcomes.

*This course also includes the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards (WMELS) training applicable for YoungStar optional Learning Environment and Curriculum points.

Course Three: Staff Supervision, Coaching & Professional Development

The quality of the program for children is dependent on the knowledge and performance of the staff working directly with children. This course provides program supervisors and lead personnel with the tools to develop excellent learning environments through staff development, coaching, supervision and community building. This course uses the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards as a framework for program quality and both supervisory and teaching staff expectations.

Course Four: Capstone Course - Designing Environments for Learning

Environments are a reflection of program philosophy and either assist or hinder children’s learning. This course imparts how to create quality program environments that accommodate the physical and social needs of children and reflect cultural sensitivity and diversity. This course also provides students the opportunity to demonstrate competency proficiency covered in the previous courses. Prerequisites: Courses 1 through 3 of the Program Development Credential course sequence.