Early Childhood Preschool Credential Certificate

To learn more, visit: https://www.morainepark.edu/academics/programs/early-childhood-preschool-credential-certificate/

Program Number: 97-307-A
Campus: Fond du Lac, West Bend
This program is not eligible for financial aid

Gain a credential for working with preschool-aged children with the Early Childhood Preschool Credential certificate.

About the Program

Designed for those working with children ages 3-5, the Early Childhood Preschool Credential certificate provides a solid foundation of child care education. This credential may be beneficial for those working as family child care providers, child care teachers or preschool teachers.

This program is geared toward those wanting to provide a quality learning environment to young children.

All the Early Childhood Preschool Credential Certificate classes are directly transferable into the Child Care Services technical diploma and/or Early Childhood Education associate of applied science degree if students wish to continue their education.

What You'll Learn

Students in this program will gain specialized training to work with preschool-aged children, learn how to support the development of language skills and learn strategies to successfully manage a preschool classroom. Those who successfully complete the credential have strong knowledge of child development and guiding behavior. Students also explore arts, music, health, safety and nutrition.

Students are required to prepare a portfolio at the end of this course. Students will then submit the portfolio to the instructor, who will award the certificate. Students may also apply to the Wisconsin Registry for the Wisconsin Professional Preschool Credential.

Program students who obtain the Preschool Credential from the Wisconsin Registry will obtain the Wisconsin Registry Career Level 10. The Wisconsin Registry promotes professional growth and verifies the education, training and experience vital to quality care for the Wisconsin childhood care and education workforce.

Scholarships for the Early Childhood Preschool Credential Certificate are available through the Wisconsin Early Childhood Association (WECA) T.E.A.C.H. program.

Transfer Opportunities

Your academic journey can continue at a four-year college or university. Earn your associate degree at Moraine Park and then apply those credits toward a bachelor’s degree. Starting at MPTC makes completing a bachelor’s degree affordableaccessible and convenient. You can go anywhere as MPTC has transfer agreements with colleges and universities both in Wisconsin and throughout the country.

Visit the Transfer to a Four-Year College page for more information on credit transfer agreements between Moraine Park and four-year colleges, both public and private.

Additional Information

State Licensure Disclosure: Moraine Park’s Early Childhood Preschool Credential Certificate prepares students to obtain the educational requirements for licensure to be employed/practice in the state of Wisconsin. No determination has been made if the curriculum matches the educational requirements for preparation, examinations, or licensure for other states. Visit the Accreditation page for more details about accreditation.  


This program does not require a Criminal Background Check at the point of admission, but a Criminal Background Check will be required.  Students will need to successfully pass a Criminal Background Check to progress in and complete the program.  Students will receive information regarding completing this requirement before being placed working/observing in a child care facility.

Please Note:

Moraine Park Technical College does not guarantee

  1. Placement to practicum sites;
  2. Potential or future employment eligibility beyond graduation;
  3. Ability to sit for licensure or certification exams or achievement of credentials related to licensure or certification. 

Taking a course within the Early Childhood Preschool Credential Certificate curriculum prior to completing and passing a criminal background check does not guarantee enrollment in any practicum courses required for program completion.

More information regarding barred offenses that may impact a person’s ability to work at a child care center can be found here: http://dcf.wisconsin.gov/files/publications/pdf/5206.pdf

Admission Process

Standard Admissions steps details

This program also requires:

  • Health Requirements

Credit for Prior Learning

Transform the skills and abilities developed through previous experience into college credit through MPTC’s Credit for Prior Learning process. 

  • Transfer credit from other colleges/universities
  • Earn college credit for your military training and experience
  • Earn college credit via Advance Placement, CLEP, DANTES/DSST or MPTC Challenge Exams
  • Earn college credit from previous/current work and life experiences

Visit MPTC’s Credit for Prior Learning page for more information.

Approximate Costs



  • $149.50 per credit (resident)
  • $224.25 per credit (out-of-state resident)

Associate of Arts/Associate of Science

  • $188.90 per credit (resident)
  • $283.35 per credit (out-of-state resident)

Online students are not charged out-of-state fees.

Student Fees

  • $5.00 minimum per course Material Fee
  • $13.45 per-credit Supplemental Fee for Undergraduate courses
  • $4.50 per term mandatory Student Accident Insurance Fee

Please refer to Tuition & Fee Information for additional enrollment fee information.

Course Requirements

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
307-110 ECE: Social Studies, Art, Music and Movement 3
307-167 ECE: Health, Safety and Nutrition 3
Semester 2
307-108 ECE: Early Language and Literacy 3
307-179 ECE: Child Development 3
307-188 ECE: Guiding Children's Behavior 3
307-175 ECE: Preschool Practicum 3
 Total Credits18


Earn certificates, a technical diploma and associate degree along this pathway. Start with some courses for entry-level employment, and continue with additional courses for higher wages and job advancement.

Career Opportunities

  • Child Care Teacher
  • Exceptional Children's Aide
  • Self-Employed Center Owner
  • In-Home Provider/Nanny