Preschool Credential

18-credit Technical Certificate


The Preschool Credential short-term certificate program is designed to provide specialized training for early childhood teachers and directors working with preschool-aged children. The program focuses on the foundations of early childhood education; health, safety and nutrition; child development; art, music and language arts; and early childhood behaviors.

  • Those who complete this certificate are eligible to submit a portfolio of their competencies to the Wisconsin Recognition System for the Childhood Care and Education Profession registry and apply for the Wisconsin Preschool Professional Credential awarded by that agency.
  • Some credits earned in this short-term certificate program may be applied toward the Early Childhood Education Associate of Applied Science Degree program within WCTC’s School of Protective & Human Services.

Required Courses

First Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 307-179 ECE: Child Development3  
 307-188 ECE: Guiding Child Behavior3  
Total Semester Credits
May Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 307-178 ECE: Art Music & Lang Arts3  
Total Semester Credits
Summer Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 307-148 ECE: Foundations of ECE3  
 307-167 ECE: Hlth Safety & Nutrition3  
Total Semester Credits
Third Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 307-102 ECE: Preschool Capstone3  
Total Semester Credits
+ (Proficiency Exam Available)
* (Prerequisites or substitutes may apply to this class.)

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Credit Transfer Opportunities

WCTC has agreements with local high schools and various four-year colleges and universities that enable students to transition more seamlessly from high school to WCTC to four-year colleges. Transcripted credit agreements provide high school students the opportunity to take WCTC courses at their high schools. Agreements with four-year colleges enable WCTC graduates in selected programs to transfer credits, often at junior-level standing. Agreements currently in place for this program are listed below.

There are no credit transfer agreements for this program at this time. For more information, contact your academic advisor.

UW-System Credit Transfer

If you are interested in attending a UW-campus, you should contact a transfer representative at the campus you plan to attend. You may also check credit transfer agreements between WCTC and the UW System to tell you which specific courses and general education classes may be accepted.

Important Cautionary Note:
This information is intended as a general description. Please verify the availability and details of the program that interests you with the transfer coordinator at the receiving institution.