New Moraine Park certificate covers special-needs issues

by admin3. December 2008 19:00

Beginning in January, Moraine Park Technical College is offering a new certificate for individuals who work or plan to work with children who have special needs.


The new 12-credit Registry Inclusion Credential certificate is designed to build the skills, knowledge, resources and attitudes that are needed to successfully work with all children.


The certificate consists of four courses, each worth three credits:


“Children with Differing Abilities” prepares students to provide inclusive programs for young children, differentiate between typical and exceptional development, work collaboratively with community resources, use an individual educational plan (IEP), adapt curriculum and cultivate partnerships with families. It will be offered at the Fond du Lac campus on Thursdays, Jan. 21–May 13, 2–5 p.m. (course no. 307-187-30836) and at the West Bend campus on Wednesdays, Jan. 22–May 14, 6–9 p.m. (307-187-30837).


“Behavioral and Emotional Challenges” covers specific discipline and guidance strategies related to autism, attention deficit disorder, bipolar disorder and so forth. Students will develop techniques to build rapport with families and learn skills for positive, consistent team approaches to include children with challenging behaviors in community settings. It will be offered at the Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and West Bend campuses on Thursdays, Jan. 22–March 12, 6–9:30 p.m. (307-110-30813).


“Special Health Care Needs” covers frequently encountered specialized health care needs of individuals with disabilities, preparing the student to understand atypical body functions and needs including feeding tubes, bowel and bladder elimination, allergies and asthma, neurological conditions and more. The student will gain a better understanding of medical issues that ensure safe, quality care for all. It will be offered at all three campuses on Thursdays, March 26–May 14, 6–9:30 p.m. (307-111-30814).


A capstone course, “Family and Team-Centered Practices,” is taken upon completion of the first three courses.


Register today as courses begin in January. To register, call 1-800-472-4554. If you have previously taken a Moraine Park course you may register online at