To Renew Your Gateways Credentials
All Gateways Credentials, except the ECE Credential Level 1 and the SAYD Credential Level 1, need to be renewed every five years to remain valid.
Renewing your Gateways Credential requires at least 45 clock hours of related* training (or 3 semester hours of related* coursework) completed within the last five years and specific to the Credential(s) you want to renew. Six of those clock hours must be focused on cultural competence, racial equity, and/or multilingual development of children and families. If renewing four or more Credentials, additional training hours may be required.
*Related coursework and training topics by Credential type:
- ECE Credential: topics related to young children birth through age eight.
- Infant Toddler Credential: topics related to children birth to three and their families.
- Illinois Director Credential: topics related to program administration, ECE, and/or school-age development.
- Family Child Care Credential topics related to family child care, ECE, and/or school-age development.
- Family Specialist Credential: topics related to family development, family services, and/or working directly with families.
- School-Age & Youth Development Credential: topics related to school-age and/or youth development ages 5 through 16.
- Technical Assistance Credential: topics related to relationship-based professional development, coaching, and/or mentoring.
If renewing four or more Credentials, click here.
Steps to Renew
- Be a current Gateways Registry member
- Download the pdf Credential Application (1.50 MB)
- Update your Professional Development Record (PDR)
- Submit certificates of completion for training hours and send in as proof of any trainings not in Section 5 of your PDR. Certificates must include the length of training.
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