The new Program Development Credential focuses on program implementation in high-quality learning environments – from curriculum development to staff coaching/mentoring. It complements the Administrator Credential (which focuses on day-to-day operations and management) and the Leadership Credential (which focuses on effective leadership skills and dispositions, new directions and visionary change). Together, these three credentials provide early-care and education professionals at all levels with the knowledge and skills they need to develop and sustain high-caliber programs for young children.
The Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards is a framework for program quality. This four-course series uses WMELS concepts to explore the areas of child development, curriculum planning based on observation, assessment and evaluation, developmentally appropriate environments, play theory, and investigatory learning. Special attention is given to nurturing teachers and other staff to increase their competency in these areas through coaching, professional development activities and effective supervision.
Who should attend?
Directors, program directors, assistant directors
Teachers transitioning into director positions
Master and Lead teachers in supervisory roles
Those entering ECE through the business arena
Family child care providers and FCCPs making the transition to group centers
Introduction to Child Care (Introduction to Program Development)
Learn what it takes to work effectively in early childhood programs by exploring roles, ethics and responsibilities of program development. Understand exactly what it means to be responsible for developing and implementing a high quality program.
Child Care Programming (Observation, Assessment & Evaluation)
Discuss and apply 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 program, teacher and child outcomes. (Recommended prerequisite: Child Care Program Development, Course 1)
Approaches to Adult-Child Relationships in the Child Care Setting (Staff Supervision, Coaching and Development)
Develop excellent learning environments through effective and intentional mentoring, coaching, supervision and community-building among your staff. Examine communication and conflict resolution and articulate your goals and expectations in order to turn teachers and families into advocates. (Recommended Prerequisite: Child Care Program Development, Course 1)
Analysis of Child Care Environments – Capstone (Designing Environments for Learning)
Explore a variety of designs for child care settings and understand the ways in which environments can assist or hinder children’s learning. In this final course of the series, students will combine lessons and themes from courses 1-3 in a culminating project and portfolio to integrate best practices for developing effective physical and cultural environments for their programs. (Recommended Prerequisite: Child Care Program Development, Courses 1, 2, and 3)