The Program Development Credential focuses on program implementation in high-quality learning environments – from curriculum development to staff coaching/mentoring.
The PDC consists of a 12-credit sequence of four courses. 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 from the business arena
Family child care providers making the transition to group centers