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ILLINOIS GATEWAYS TO OPPORTUNITY CREDENTIALS
Governor Patrick Quinn signed Gateways to Opportunity credentials into law on January 21, 2010 effective retroactively to July 1, 2009.  Gateways credentials are awarded and recognized by the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) Bureau of Child Care and Development.  Gateways credentials are symbols of professional achievement that can be earned by completing an approved program at an entitled college or university, or by completing a portfolio that documents education and experience, or by completing the Level 1 ECE training (available through some local high school child development programs).  http://www.ilgateways.com/en/gateways-to-opportunity-credentials

 

Illinois Valley Community College’s Early Childhood Education program is an approved and entitled program through Gateways to Opportunity.  Students have the opportunity to receive the following:
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ECE Credential – Levels 2-4 (entitled route)
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Infant/Toddler Credential (ITC) – Level 4 (entitled route)

 

Early Childhood Education (ECE) Credential
The ECE Credential is a voluntary credential that defines what a person working with children birth to age 8 should know and be able to demonstrate at various levels of training, education, and experience within the early care and education field. The ECE Credential was developed from the seven Gateways Content Areas. The ECE Credential, awarded through Gateways to Opportunity, is recognized by the State of Illinois.

The seven Gateways Content Areas are:

  1. Human Growth and Development
  2. Health, Safety, and Well-Being
  3. Observation and Assessment
  4. Curriculum or Program Design
  5. Interactions, Relationships, and Environments
  6. Family and Community Relationships
  7. Personal and Professional Development

Three areas are woven throughout the seven content areas listed above: (1) Children with Special Needs, (2) Culture and Diversity, and (3) Individual and Group Guidance.

A person applying for an ECE Credential will need to show competency in four areas:

  1. General Education
  2. Education and Training in Early Care and Education
  3. Work and Practical Experience in Early Care and Education
  4. Professional Contributions in Early Care and Education

Please contact http://www.ilgateways.com/en/ece-credential for additional information. 
IVCC’s Early Childhood Education Program is entitled for ECE Levels 2-4 credentials. 

Infant Toddler Credential (ITC)
The Infant Toddler Credential (ITC) is a voluntary credential for practitioners who work with children birth to age 3. It validates the specialized knowledge, skills, and experience needed to work with infants and toddlers. The credential is recognized by the State of Illinois. Practitioners applying for the ITC must first meet the requirements for the ECE Credential.

The ITC was developed to:

bullet Recognize the specialized knowledge of those working with children birth to age 3.
bullet Enhance the quality of services.
bullet Increase positive outcomes for infants and toddlers.
bullet Acknowledge the dedication of those who pursue the credential.
bullet Advance the availability of infant toddler coursework and training.

Please contact http://www.ilgateways.com/en/infant-toddler-credential for additional information.  IVCC’s Early Childhood Education program is entitled for ITC Level 4.