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Child Care Program Development: Courses, Credential & Certificate


Each credential adds a new layer and level to the skills, knowledge and disposition of the early care and education professional. The administrator credential provides a broad base of theory to facilitate operation and management of an early childhood program. The leadership credential further enhances the skills to inspire higher levels of quality and to create the action for change. The Program Development Credential (PDC) promotes the development of a high-quality learning environment.

The PDC consists of a 12-credit sequence of four courses. The Registry, Wisconsin's professional recognition system, awards the credential after successful completion of all four courses and the Registry's commissioning process. Along with the credential, earn a certificate in early childhood program development from UWM's School of Continuing Education.

Courses can be taken independently and with or without the intention of completing the four-course series.

To take these courses for UNIVERSITY CREDIT, please call Miriam Malone directly at 414-227-3133.

Who Should Attend: Teachers interested in moving along their path toward new directions; Family Child Care Providers and FCCPs making the transition to group centers; program directors, assistant directors and site directors; directors of small group programs who do it all; those entering ECE through the business arena; teachers transitioning into director positions; master and lead teachers in supervisory roles.


The Program Development Credential (PDC) focuses on developing the knowledge and skills necessary to implement high-quality programs. It concentrates on curriculum and environments as well as effective use of observation and assessment to develop and coach staff.

The credential course work puts further emphasis on and exploration into the areas of brain development, curriculum planning based on observation, assessment and evaluation, developmentally appropriate environments, play theory, and investigatory learning. All four courses use the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards (WMELS) as a framework for program quality and for supervisory and teaching staff expectations.

Knowledge and skill development in the area of assessment will lead to the ability to use assessment toward informed curricular decisions, to assess children’s progress, to develop individual and group goals, and to develop staff. Staff development is further explored through honing observation, coaching, mentoring skills and role relationships.

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PDC #1 Introduction to Child Care (Introduction to Program Development)

Tue., Sept. 8-Sun., Nov. 1 Available Online

PDC #3: Approaches to Adult-Child Relationships in the Child Care Setting (Staff Supervision, Coaching and Development)

Mon., Oct. 12-Sun., Dec. 13 (No class the week of Nov. 23) Available Online

Sat., Oct. 17-Sun., Dec. 13 (No class week of Nov. 23) Course includes Online and Face-To-Face sessions

  Dates To Be Announced  
PDC #2: Child Care Programming (Observation, Assessment & Evaluation)
PDC #4: Analysis of Child Care Environments (Designing Environments for Learning)
For more information, contact:
Miriam Malone, Outreach Specialist,, 414-227-3133


Program Development Brochure

Spring 2014 IT Brochure

Or download the pdf

Department of Educ Policy & Community Studies
For more information about earning a bachelor's degree through the Department of Educational Policy and Community Studies, call 414-229-4323, email or visit

State Licensing & NAEYC Accrediation Criteria
Child Care Educator Courses must meet state licensing requirements for child care teachers and NAEYC accrediation criteria for assistant teachers - call today for more information.

UWM Early Childhood Winter/Spring 2015 Catalog