UW-Platteville announces new partnership; offers nine new courses to California childhood educators

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The University of Wisconsin-Platteville announces a new partnership with the California Curriculum Alignment Project (CAP). The partnership recognizes that UW-Platteville’s curriculum meets the high standards of the CAP, allowing California’s early childhood educators to take advantage of UW-Platteville’s innovative and engaging online courses.

The California Early Childhood Curriculum Alignment Project supports transfer and curriculum consistency in the foundational preparation of early childhood education students. Regionally accredited community colleges, CSUs, and private universities can participate in the alignment process and be recognized statewide as partners in creating streamlined pathways to degree completion.

“Our partnership with the California Curriculum Alignment Project will benefit our students and open up new opportunities to educators working towards a credential. We are thrilled to partner with a group focused on promoting high-quality education. We look forward to providing new students an online option that will fit with their schedules,” said Chenoa Ruecking, Early Childhood Program Manager for the UW-Platteville Continuing Education Institute.

Now that the University of Wisconsin-Platteville has joined as a California partner university, students can now complete their Early Childhood Education or Administration courses 100% online and take advantage of UW-Platteville’s long and storied history of distance education.

The nine CAP aligned courses the University of Wisconsin-Platteville is offering are:

      Early Childhood Educators

  • Infant-Toddler Development
    CA Equivalent: Infant and Toddler Development
    A study of infants and toddlers from prenatal to age three, including physical, cognitive, language, social, and emotional growth and development. Applies theoretical frameworks to interpret behavior and interactions between heredity and environment. Emphasizes the role of family and caregiver relationships in development.
  • Group Care for Infants and Toddlers
    CA Equivalent: Care and Education for Infants and Toddlers
    Applies current theory and research to the care and education of infants and toddlers in group settings. Examines essential policies, principles, and practices that lead to quality care and developmentally appropriate curriculum for children birth to 36 months.
  • Children with Differing Abilities
    CA Equivalent: Intro to Children with Special Needs
    Learn to differentiate between typical and exceptional development of children from birth to age eight, analyze the differing abilities of children with physical, cognitive, health/medical, communication, and/or behavioral/emotional disorders. Students will learn the basics of how to adapt curriculum to meet the needs of children with differing abilities and implement family-friendly practices for an inclusive early learning program.
  • Child, Family, and Community Relations in Early Childhood
    CA Equivalent: Child, Family, and Community
    This course focuses on childcare partnerships with families and explores the role of collaboration between family, community, and schools in supporting children’s development.
  • Guiding Children’s Behavior with the Pyramid Model
    CA Equivalent: Strategies for Working with Challenging Behaviors
    Examine positive strategies to guide the behavior of children ages 3-6 years old in the early childhood education setting. Applies the pyramid model of supporting children’s social and emotional developmental needs as the foundation of early learning.
  • Health, Safety, and Nutrition
    CA Equivalent: Health, Safety, and Nutrition
    Laws, regulations, standards, policies, procedures, and best practices related to health, safety, and nutrition in early childhood settings. Includes prevention strategies, nutrition, and meal planning for various ages and planning educational experiences integrated into daily routines designed to teach children positive health, safety, and nutrition habits.
  • Observation, Assessment, and Evaluation
    CA Equivalent: Observation and Assessment
    Appropriate 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.

      Program Administrators

  • Administration/Supervision in Early Childhood Programs
    CA Equivalent: Administration II: Personnel and Leadership in Early Childhood Education
    This course represents an overview of the roles and responsibilities of administrators of various early care and education programs and the groups with whom they have relationships with an emphasis on quality.
  • Staff Supervision, Coaching and Professional Development
    CA Equivalent: Adult Supervision and Mentoring
    The quality of the program for children is dependent on the knowledge and performance of the staff, volunteers, student-teachers, or other adults working directly with children.  These stakeholders depend on excellent professional development programs and effective coaching and supervision.  This course provides program supervisory and lead personnel with the tools to develop excellent learning environments through staff development, coaching, supervision, and community building. 

To register or learn more about these exciting offerings, visit go.UWPlatt.edu/ECE.

About UW-Platteville Early Childhood Education
Educating and caring for children is the most important work anyone can do to prepare them to become future leaders. Quality childcare takes educated, caring professionals to provide that care and education. The UW-Platteville childcare education program features award-winning, accredited, 10-week courses, as well as single courses that allow you to advance your career. All credential programs are offered in a 100% online format for your convenience with weekly evening classes. Five of our programs are currently offered in both English and Spanish. Learn more about UW-Platteville Early Childhood Education offerings.