The Gateways ECE Credential Levels 2-6 are for early care and education professionals who have formal college education, training, and experience with children (ages 0-8), either in the form of supervised observation or direct work experience.
If you have a valid Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL) with an Early Childhood Education endorsement, you may already qualify for the ECE Credential Level 5
Attention: Through the Preschool Development Grant, Gateways Credential applications are FREE for a limited time on a first-come, first-served basis for those seeking new Credentials or level advancing their current Credential. This includes renewals.
How to Apply - New & Level Advance
Steps to Apply
- Become a Gateways Registry member.
- Download the pdf Credential Application (883 KB) .
- Mail the application to:
1226 Towanda Plaza
Bloomington, IL 61701
To Renew your Gateways Credentials, click here.
To Level Advance your Gateways Credential, click here.