The Gateways Illinois Director Credential (IDC) is for professional administrators of ECE and school-age programs. It requires specific levels of training, education, experience teaching in an ECE or school-age program, and experience as a director or assistant director in an ECE or school-age program. The Illinois Director Credential requires the completion of an Associate’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university and at least 1,200 hours of work experience as a Director or Assistant Director.
For additional information regarding the Illinois Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) Director Qualifications, pdf click here (299 KB) .
How to Apply-New & Level Advance
Steps to Apply
- Become a Gateways Registry member.
- Download the pdf Credentials Supplement Application (922 KB) .
- Enclose a $65 check for payment (make checks payable to INCCRRA) or make a payment online by logging into your Registry Dashboard. Click on My Registry and then choose the Make a Payment section.
- Mail these documents to:
1226 Towanda Plaza
Bloomington, IL 61701
To Renew your Gateways Credentials, click here.