Child Development (307)
307-101. School-Age Child Care. (3 Credits)
This course is designed to provide practical information and experiences for school-age child care professionals. The course will focus on qualities of successful school age programs; developmental characteristics and skills of school age children; developing and establishing routines and rules; planning and implementing activities and reviewing the State of Wisconsin Rules and Regulations for school age programs. The student will also become proficient in communication skills when speaking with children, parents and staff.
307-102. ECE: Preschool Capstone. (3 Credits)
10-307-102 ECE Preschool Capstone is the final course of the Preschool Credential at WCTC. The course requires that the student synthesize information and demonstrate mastery of the competencies of the Preschool Credential through direct teaching of children in a preschool setting and through the development of a Preschool Portfolio. Upon completion students will be awarded a WCTC Technical Certificate and can apply to the Wisconsin State Registry commissioner for validation of the credential.
Prerequisites: 307-148 with a minimum grade of C and 307-179 with a minimum grade of C and 307-188 with a minimum grade of C and 307-178 with a minimum grade of C and 307-167 with a minimum grade of C
307-103. WMELS-Early Learning Standards. (1 Credit)
This is the last of fifth of six courses designed to prepare participants to receive a credential as a child care administrator. Like the other courses, it is developed to meet the needs of those who are employed, or would like to be employed, as administrators in child care programs, Head Start, nursery schools, school age programs, family child care systems, child welfare service agencies, public and private schools, and other early care and education programs. This course covers child care as a family friendly community; integration of growth and development principles into all aspects of the program; establishing and maintaining quality in program; developing partnerships with families; multi-cultural and anti-bias approaches in curriculum, materials, activities and relationships, space design and equipment.
307-104. Infant-Toddler Capstone. (3 Credits)
Infant Toddler Capstone is the last course of the Infant Toddler Credential. The intent of this capstone course is to apply important themes from the prior courses. The student will synthesize the information and demonstrate mastery of the competencies through the completion of a portfolio. Upon completion students receive a WCTC Technical Certificate and are eligible to apply for the Wisconsin Registry Infant-Toddler Credential.
307-105. After School Care Foundations. (3 Credits)
Get an overview of the knowledge and skills needed to care for school-age children ages 5 through 12 in a group setting. This will provide a foundation for the importance of out-of-school-time programs, and explore the philosophy and goals for high quality programs. The course is based on an understanding of the principles of child growth and development. It provides an overview of the rules and regulations governing group care for school-age children and the responsibilities of the providers.
307-106. Engaging Youths in Groups. (3 Credits)
Explore the dynamics of working with children in group settings. Discover the development of relationships between staff and children, between peers and how a working knowledge of children supports their engagement and informs strategies for positive behavior guidance.
307-107. Intentionality in Programming. (3 Credits)
Focus on the learning environment and curricular models within an informal learning environment. Learn the role and methods for informal observation and recording as it is used in identifying the needs and interests of the children, and explore lesson planning that is intentional, scaffolds learning and addresses core standards.
307-113. School-age Capstone Course. (3 Credits)
Get a deeper understanding of creating a comprehensive program and explore the use of self- and program-assessment tools. Review the importance of developing partnerships with the family, school and community, and better understand the meaning of professionalism. Develop an understanding of risk management from the perspective of health, safety and well-being of the children.
307-117. ECE: Credit for Prior Learning. (3 Credits)
This 3-credit course examines early childhood professional experience for the purpose of receiving credit for prior learning. Examine program and course outcomes of the WTCS Early Childhood program, and learn how to compare, analyze and document professional experiences as they relate to early childhood competencies. Additionally, learn how to access support services on campus and online in order to reinforce development of a professional portfolio for credit for prior learning, and create a plan of action for program completion.
307-127. Administration and Supervision. (3 Credits)
Get an overview of the roles and responsibilities of directors, supervisors, coordinators and other administrators in early childhood programs. This is a required course for the Child Care Administrative Credential.
307-128. Operations Management. (3 Credits)
Discussion and practical applications related to scheduling, facility management, staffing, equipment acquisition and maintenance, service delivery, recordkeeping and communication. This is a required course for completion of the Child Care Administrative Credential Certificate.
307-129. Financial Management. (3 Credits)
Review the principles and practices of budget planning and preparation and fiscal management, including hands-on experience with program applications.
307-130. EC Prog & External Environment. (3 Credits)
Review of early care and education programs, including determination of community child care needs, marketing, laws and regulations, working with government and community agencies, and political and societal issues and trends. This course is required in the Child Care Administrative Credential Certificate.
307-135. Best Practices. (3 Credits)
Learn how to establish and maintain quality programs based on professional standards and the best available information on child growth and development. Includes a review of literature and research studies, examination of guidelines set for licensing, credentialing of staff and national accreditations of programs, funding requirements and performance standards. This is a required course for completion of the Child Care Administrative Credential.
307-136. Administrative Seminar. (3 Credits)
Focus on the integration of program aspects in developing strategic planning for change through required, individual projects. This is the final requirement for the Child Care Administrative Credential.
Prerequisites: (307-127 with a minimum grade of C and 307-128 with a minimum grade of C and 307-129 with a minimum grade of C and 307-130 with a minimum grade of C and 307-135 with a minimum grade of C)
307-148. ECE: Foundations of ECE. (3 Credits)
An introduction to the early childhood profession, competencies include: integrate strategies that support diversity and anti-bias perspectives; investigate history of early childhood education; summarize types of early childhood education settings; identify components of a quality early childhood education program; summarize responsibilities of early childhood education professionals; explore early childhood curriculum models.
307-151. ECE: Infant & Toddler Dev. (3 Credits)
Get introduced to the development, care and education of children from birth to age 2 1/2. Study the principles of caregiving, developmentally appropriate practices, diversity issues, curriculum, guidance, observation and assessment. Typical and atypical development is also examined.
307-154. Infant-Toddler Group Care. (3 Credits)
This course will provide students with a foundational understanding of how to care for infants and toddlers in center based and family child care settings. Topics include program quality, philosophy, structure, environment, health and safety, developmentally appropriate practice, and inclusion/diversity issues. Upon completion, students will be awarded a WCTC Technical Certificate and be eligible to apply for a Wisconsin Infant-Toddler Registry Credential.
307-159. Developing Emergent Literacy. (3 Credits)
Explore methods for enhancing language development and emergent literacy in young children. Topics to be discussed include patterns of language acquisition, and reading and writing skills in young children ages birth to 8 years of age. Additionally, explore best practices in teaching methodologies related to teaching children to read and write.
307-166. ECE: Curriculum Planning. (3 Credits)
Examine components of curriculum planning in early childhood education. Course competencies include: integrate strategies that support diversity and anti-bias perspectives; examine the critical role of play; establish a developmentally appropriate environment; examine caregiving routines as curriculum; develop activity plans that promote child development and learning; develop unit plans that promote child development and learning; analyze early childhood curriculum models.
307-167. ECE: Hlth Safety & Nutrition. (3 Credits)
Examines the topics of health, safety and nutrition within the context of the early childhood educational setting. Course competencies include: integrate strategies that support diversity and anti-bias perspectives; follow government regulations and professional standards as they apply to health, safety and nutrition; provide a safe, healthy and nutritionally sound early childhood program; adhere to child abuse and neglect mandates; apply Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) risk reduction strategies; incorporate health, safety and nutrition concepts into the children's curriculum.
307-174. ECE: Practicum 1. (3 Credits)
Learn about and apply the course competencies in an actual child care setting. Course competencies include: document children's behavior; explore the standards for quality early childhood education; explore strategies that support diversity and anti-bias perspectives; implement activities developed by the co-op teacher/instructor; demonstrate professional behaviors; practice caregiving routines as curriculum; practice positive interpersonal skills with children; practice positive interpersonal skills with adults.
Prerequisites: (307-167 (may be taken concurrently) with a minimum grade of C and 307-151 (may be taken concurrently) with a minimum grade of C and 307-148 (may be taken concurrently) with a minimum grade of C and 307-179 (may be taken concurrently) with a minimum grade of C)
307-178. ECE: Art Music & Lang Arts. (3 Credits)
Focus is on beginning level curriculum development in the specific content areas of art, music and language arts. Competencies include: integrate strategies that support diversity and anti-bias perspectives; examine the critical role of play; establish a developmentally appropriate environment; develop activity plans that promote child development and learning; analyze caregiving routines as curriculum; create developmentally appropriate art, music and movement, language, literature and literacy activities.
307-179. ECE: Child Development. (3 Credits)
Examine child development within the context of the early childhood education setting. Develop competencies to analyze social, cultural and economic influences on child development; summarize child development theories; analyze development of children ages 3 through 8; summarize the methods and designs of child development research; and analyze the role of heredity and the environment.
307-187. ECE: Children w Diff Abilities. (3 Credits)
Focus on child with differing abilities in early childhood educational setting. Competencies include: integrate strategies that support diversity and anti-bias perspectives; provide inclusive programs for young children; apply legal and ethical requirements including, but not limited to, ADA and IDEA; differentiate between typical and exceptional development; analyze the differing abilities of children with physical, cognitive, health/medical, communication and/or behavioral/emotional disorders; work collaboratively with community and professional resources; use an individual educational plan (iep/ifsp) for children with developmental differences; adapt curriculum to meet needs of children with differences; cultivate partnerships with families who have children with developmental differences.
307-188. ECE: Guiding Child Behavior. (3 Credits)
Examine positive strategies to guide children's behavior in the early childhood education setting. Course competencies include integrating strategies that support diversity and anti-bias perspectives; summarizing early childhood guidance principles; analyzing factors that affect the behavior of children; practicing positive guidance strategies; developing guidance strategies to meet individual needs; and creating a guidance philosophy.
Prerequisites: (801-195 (may be taken concurrently) with a minimum grade of C or 801-136 (may be taken concurrently) with a minimum grade of C or 831-103 (may be taken concurrently) with a minimum grade of C)
307-192. ECE: Practicum 2. (3 Credits)
Learn and apply competencies such as: identify children's growth and development; maintain the standards for quality early childhood education; practice strategies that support diversity and anti-bias perspectives; implement student teacher-developed activity plans; identify the elements of a developmentally appropriate environment; implement positive guidance strategies; demonstrate professional behaviors; utilize caregiving routines as curriculum; utilize positive interpersonal skills with children and adults.
307-194. ECE: Math Science & Soc St. (3 Credits)
Focus on beginning-level curriculum development in the specific content areas of math, science and social studies. Competencies include integrating strategies that support diversity and anti-bias perspectives; examining the critical role of play; establishing a developmentally appropriate environment; developing activity plans that promote child development and learning; and creating developmentally appropriate math, science and social studies activities.
307-195. ECE: Family & Community Rel. (3 Credits)
Examine the role of relationships with family and community in early childhood education. Competencies include: implement strategies that support diversity and anti-bias perspectives when working with families and community; analyze contemporary family patterns, trends and relationships; utilize effective communication strategies; establish ongoing relationships with families; advocate for children and families; work collaboratively with community resources.
307-197. ECE: Practicum 3. (3 Credits)
Learn and apply competencies in an actual child care setting such as: assess children's growth and development; implement the standards for quality early childhood education; integrate strategies that support diversity and anti-bias perspectives; build meaningful curriculum; provide a developmentally appropriate environment; facilitate positive guidance strategies; evaluate one's own professional behaviors and practices; lead caregiving routines as curriculum; utilize positive interpersonal skills with children and adults.
Prerequisites: (307-192 (may be taken concurrently) with a minimum grade of C and 307-187 (may be taken concurrently) with a minimum grade of C and 307-194 (may be taken concurrently) with a minimum grade of C)
307-198. ECE: Admin an ECE Program. (3 Credits)
Focus is on administration of an early childhood education program. Competencies include: integrate strategies that support diversity and anti-bias perspectives; analyze the components of an ECE facility; design an ECE program; analyze the aspects of personnel supervision; outline financial components of an ECE program; apply laws and regulations related to an ECE facility; advocate for the early childhood profession.
Prerequisites: (307-197 (may be taken concurrently) with a minimum grade of C)
307-199. ECE: Practicum 4. (3 Credits)
In this 3-credit practicum course you will learn about and apply the course competencies in an actual child care setting. Course competencies include: analyze children's growth and development based on assessment; integrate strategies that support diversity and anti-bias perspectives; promote professional behaviors and practices; implement meaningful curriculum; create respectful, reciprocal relationships; evaluate early childhood education programs for quality; explore professional options in early childhood education.
Prerequisites: (307-197 with a minimum grade of C)
307-433. Drama with 3-6 Year Olds. (0.2 Credits)
Children "act" naturally and dynamically in their pretend play at choice times. Join this workshop to harness their amazing capabilities in mini-dramas during group times too! Practice loosely "scripted" mini-dramas...and watch some captured on video too. Using stories they write themselves in class, preschoolers can also practice expressions, movements and stances for their own stories--new and familiar. Children build comprehension skills for oral and written language by using verbal expression and body language. By "acting" together, they practice compromise, cooperation, collaboration and problem solving. They also learn the meanings of stage, prop, audience, actor and director-which comprise basic vocabulary for the dramatic arts and positively contribute to children's emerging literacy.
307-434. Bilingual Teaching Strategies. (0.2 Credits)
Interested in teaching more Spanish during the preschool day? Learn new ideas and examples on how to incorporate Spanish (or another language) into the daily curriculum.
307-436. Intro to Preschool Woodworking. (0.2 Credits)
Woodworking fosters both large- and small-muscle expression in the arts of planning, drawing, painting, gluing, shaping, fastening, representation and construction. Introduce young children to work safely with wood, and learn how to select tools for a variety of ages and projects. Adults will enjoy tools and woodworking, too! View photos of young children in action and marvel at what they choose to make using real tools, hardware, cardboard and wood.
307-437. Kids in the Kitchen. (0.2 Credits)
Tie on your apron and get ready to cook up some fun with engaging activities specifically designed for young children! In this hands-on session, learn tips and techniques for creating and integrating children's literature with enjoyable cooking experiences. Children practice and develop valuable skills and concepts when cooking, including oral language, early literacy skills, measurements, counting, following directions and developing independence. Cooking with children can be fun and easy, so come and explore the possibilities of "tasty" themes for youngsters.
307-439. Literacy Throughout the Day. (0.2 Credits)
When children are immersed in literacy, in developmentally appropriate ways throughout the day, they show excitement and develop a love of learning. As a result, literacy development occurs naturally for each child at his or her own pace. Explore teaching methods to integrate early literacy into interest areas, group time, transitions, small group time and more. Learn strategies for activities children can engage in during different parts of the day. For example, for arrival time, incorporate a job chart or question of the day; for transitions, include clapping.
307-440. SIDS/Shaken Baby Syndrome Trng. (0.3 Credits)
This in-service will satisfy requirements for employees or volunteers who care for children ages birth to five and needs SIDS and Shaken Baby Syndrome training. Topics covered will include risk reduction strategies, safe sleep environments and techniques to calm a crying baby.
307-441. Touching the Creative Spark. (0.2 Credits)
Art opens up multiple ways for children to build critical thinking skills and understand their creative abilities. Come explore the magic of art, and learn how to apply "process over product" by experimenting with a variety of media. No experience necessary, just bring your inner child. Come away with an understanding of the importance of how children process information when creating art.
307-470. Child Care Safety Issues. (0.2 Credits)
Through an interactive presentation, take a virtual tour of safe and not-so-safe classroom settings from around the state. Look into the world of child care from an outside perspective and learn about risk-related issues that affect centers daily. Topics include child abduction, abuse and neglect, and classroom and center safety issues such as insurance tips on how to improve safety measures.
307-483. Infant & Toddler Environments. (0.2 Credits)
The physical environment in a group child care setting greatly affects children, caregivers and their interactions. This in-service will focus on creating infant and toddler classrooms which stimulate the senses, incorporate natural materials and break away from the "traditional" nursery or preschool setup.
307-493. Sensory on a Budget!. (0.2 Credits)
In this make-and-take sensory in-service, learn age-appropriate activities that can be used for infants, toddlers and preschoolers. Learn how behaviors can be handled in a positive and productive manner using sensory-oriented materials. Create items that can immediately be used in classroom settings.
307-494. Tips for Terrific Transitions. (0.2 Credits)
Transitions are an essential part of classroom routines but are often overlooked. In this workshop, explore the importance of transitions and learn several new ideas that can be implemented in the classroom. Complete make-and-take activities that can be used with students to help ease transitions.
307-495. Artist Workshop. (0.2 Credits)
Local children's book illustrator Jeremy Provost will share the process of becoming published and present artistic ideas and projects that can be used in the classroom.
307-496. Eye of the Storm Study. (0.2 Credits)
The objective of this session is to understand the power of our influence on children by viewing and discussing the documentary, "Eye of the Storm." Also known as the "blue eye/brown eye study," the film explores the nature of power and prejudice through a dramatic experiment conducted in a third grade classroom in a small Midwestern town. The session will encourage dialogue among participants about the well-respected study in human behavior.