Administrators, directors, leaders

Administrative Credentials

Administrative Credentials include the Registry Administrator Credential, Registry Leadership Credential, and Registry Program Development Credential. Each of these credentials provides practical knowledge and job specific skills to support administrators, directors, and leaders in the early care and education field.

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    Administrative Credential

    The Registry Administrator Credential 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, child welfare service agencies, public and private schools, and other early care and education programs. Individuals in an administrative role take this credential to enhance their existing skills, gain new knowledge and network with other administrators in the field. The courses are also designed to prepare staff in non-administrative positions take on new leadership roles and increased responsibility. Increased business expertise and related skills are a benefit to all employers.

    This has been an amazing experience and has tremendously changed me as an administrator. The information is easy to understand and implement into our program.

    — Credential Recipient

    Credential Course Information

    The Administrator Credential consists of a six-course series for a total of 18-credits:

    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 role relationships with an emphasis on quality.

    This course includes an introduction to systems and operations theory and the identification of concepts, processes, systems, and policies involved in the internal management of early care and education programs. It offers opportunity to apply this knowledge to plans for the improvement of these necessary systems, and for the development of standard operating procedures as appropriate.  

    This course includes the principles and practices in budget planning, preparation and fiscal management including hands-on experience with program applications. *If you are taking one of the Administrator Credential Courses to meet Licensing regulations, we recommend that you take one of the first three courses as listed.

    This course covers the external factors and relationships that provide constraints and opportunities that affect an organization’s quality and ability to survive. It includes predicting supply and demand, marketing, licensing and other required regulation, funding, accreditation, external evaluation, collaboration with community organizations and agencies, public policy issues in early care and education, advocacy and working for public policy changes.

    This course covers childcare as a family friendly community; integration of child 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.

    The strategies learned in this course build upon management skills and take students beyond management to incorporate leadership in their programs, communities, and profession. In this course students are ready to synthesize the material they have learned. Through the development of a major project, students demonstrate the integration and application of the concepts and skills acquired in the full series of courses.

    Prerequisites: Courses 1 through 5 of the Administrator Credential course sequence.

    Interested in taking the Registry Administrative Credential? This credential is offered at select accredited higher education institutions located in Wisconsin. The following is a list of colleges and universities currently offering this credential:

    Credential Profile

    Symbol: Key

    “The director is not one of the keys to quality: the director is the key to quality.”  -Gwen Morgan

    Color: Red

    Red symbolizes passion, strength, energy, fire, excitement, speed, heat, ambition, leadership, power, and respect.

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    Number of Administrator Credential recipients since 1998.

    “This experience has helped me grow as a leader and shown me how to improve and build relationships professionally and personally.”
    — Leadership Credential Recipient
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    Leadership Credential

    Leaders in the early care and education field including teachers, assistant teachers, program directors, administrators and agency professionals who wish to increase or refine their leadership skills will benefit from this training. This credential explores the importance of excellence and diversity in early care and education programs, and the role of vision and reflective practice in reaching these goals. These courses are designed to enhance existing leadership skills, while gaining knowledge and creating networks with other leaders in the field.

    I’m a teacher in a center and have been in the field for over 20 years. This credential was an amazing experience. It opened my eyes that I can lead, and you don’t have to be in management to lead. Leading is open to anyone that wants to.

    — Credential Recipient

    Credential Course Information

    The Registry Leadership Credential consists of a four-course series for a total of 12-credits.

    This is course will cover definitions of leadership and leader roles, the role of vision, emotional intelligence, resilience, optimism, and reflective practice in successful leadership of early childhood programs.  For credentialing, it is required that the Leadership Credential courses must be taken sequentially, however this course can be taken individually.

    This course will cover the leadership roles, responsibilities, and skills necessary for excellence in early childhood programs.  The role of leadership in staff development will be examined, including coaching and mentoring.  For credentialing, it is required that the Leadership Credential courses must be taken sequentially, however this course can be taken individually.

    This course will cover the leadership skills necessary for collaboration, interconnections, and relationships.  The focus will be on addressing the gap between current and best practices, and issues related to identity, purpose, and responsibility of the field.  For credentialing, it is required that the Leadership Credential courses must be taken sequentially, however this course can be taken individually.

    This course will cover the use of transformational leadership, theories on change, action research, and advocacy strategies.  As the final course in the leadership series, students will participate in an action research project to effect change.  For credentialing, it is required that the Leadership Credential courses must be taken sequentially, however this course can be taken individually.

    Interested in taking the Registry Leadership Credential? This credential is offered at select accredited higher education institutions located in Wisconsin. The following is a list of colleges and universities currently offering this credential:

    Credential Profile

    Symbol: Starfish

    One person can make a great difference.

    The Starfish Story adapted from Loren Eisley
    One day, a man was walking along the beach when he noticed a boy picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean. Approaching the boy, he asked, “What are you doing?” The youth replied, “Throwing starfish back into the ocean. The surf is up, and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them back, they’ll die.” “Son,” the man said, “don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish? You can’t possibly make a difference!” After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish, and threw it back into the surf. Then, smiling at the man, he said, “I made a difference for that one!”

    Color: Purple

    Purple symbolizes nobility, imagination, inspiration, good judgment, peace of mind, and purpose.

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    Number of Leadership Credential recipients since 2010.

    “While I wasn’t sure what to expect with this credential as I work in an established center, I found I learned a lot that I have been able to work into our existing center routines.”
    — Program Development Credential Recipient
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    Program Development Credential

    Individuals responsible for planning, implementing, and evaluating an early care and education program including teachers, family child care providers, program directors, assistant directors, site supervisors, individuals entering the early care and education field from a different industry, and those who have completed other credentials who wish to broaden their knowledge and expertise will benefit from this credential. The skills learned through this credential help students create a learning community of children and adults that promotes optimal child development, healthy families, and healthy relationships in supportive environments.

    It has been an enlightening and rewarding learning experience. The collaborative discussions with other professionals were the best.

    — Credential Recipient

    Credential Course Information

    The Registry Program Development Credential consists of a four-course series for a total of 12-credits.

    The course includes the application of the Wisconsin Model Early Standards or your state’s Early Learning Standards to guide expectations for supervisory and teaching staff and support continuous quality improvement. The content is intended for those in positions that involve program development, implementation, and supervision such as directors, assistant directors, lead teachers, family childcare providers, program coordinators, site coordinators, and group leaders.

    This course includes discussions and practical application of techniques and tools for observation, assessment, and evaluation of individual children, curriculum, learning environments. Systems for planning, goal setting, and monitoring provide continuous information on the quality of the program, educators, and child outcomes. The course meets the requirements for Wisconsin Model Early Standards, or your state’s Early Learning Standards which is used to guide expectations for supervisory and teaching staff and support continuous quality improvement. 

    This course focuses on how environments are both physical and cultural and are an important part of producing excellent quality programs. They reflect the program’s philosophy and either assist or hinder children’s learning. This course uses the Wisconsin Model Early Standards, or your state’s Early Learning Standards as a framework for program quality and for both supervisory and teaching staff expectations. 

    This course focuses on how the quality of a program for children is dependent on the knowledge skills and dispositions of the staff working directly with children. Staff are supported by individualized, ongoing professional development programs and effective coaching and supervision. This course provides program supervisory and lead personnel with the tools to develop cultural responsiveness and supportive learning environments through staff development, coaching, supervision, and community building. This course uses Early Learning Standards as a framework for program development.

    Prerequisites: Courses 1 through 3 of the Program Development Credential course sequence.

    Interested in taking the Registry Program Development Credential? This credential is offered at select accredited higher education institutions located in Wisconsin. The following is a list of colleges and universities currently offering this credential:

    Credential Profile

    Symbol: Building Blocks

    Building blocks represent the importance of constructing a sound program foundation that supports a successful learning community.

    Color: Orange

    Orange combines the energy of red and the happiness of yellow. It represents enthusiasm, creativity, determination, success, encouragement, and stimulation and is symbolic of strength and endurance.

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    Number of  Program Development Credential recipients since 2014.