In your role as teacher, family child care provider, program director, assistant director, or supervisor, through Child Care Education, you will learn to create a learning community of children and adults in a supportive environment that promotes:

  • Optimal child development
  • Healthy families
  • Healthy relationships

To earn your Program Development Credential, you will need to complete the following three-credit courses:

  1. Introduction to Program Development
  2. Observation, Assessment and Evaluation*
  3. Designing Environments for Learning
  4. Capstone Course: Staff Supervision, Coaching and Professional Development

*This course includes the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards training applicable for YoungStar optional learning environment and curriculum points.


See the below options for what fits your status best:

New Students: To register for one of the above courses please apply to UW-Platteville as a special non-degree student.

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Continuing Students: To register for one of the above courses please log in to PASS, select your semester/term, select the subject “Early Childhood Education” (ECED), and select your course.

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After you are admitted as a special student, you will be able to register for your courses each semester. Please check the academic calendar to keep informed of important deadlines.


You can review your textbooks and:

  • Buy them online
  • Buy them from a bookstore
  • Check them out from your local library
  • Check them out from the Wisconsin Child Care Information Center