Professional Development for early care and education practitioners in Illinois is the primary focus of Gateways to Opportunity. We support your professional development through a variety of programs and areas.
Higher Education Directory- A directory of accredited colleges and universities in Illinois who offer coursework in Early Care and Education, Child Development, Human Growth & Development and other areas of study related to caring for and educating children.
Becoming an Entitled Institution - Information for Higher Education Institutions who want to know more about becoming entitled to offer Gateways Credentials. Faculty can examine Credential Content Areas, the Frameworks that Credentials are built upon, and how to align coursework to meet Credential requirements.
A Professional Development Advisor (PDA) is an experienced professional who will assist you with planning and achieving your career goals. A PDA will guide you through developing a Professional Development Plan and share information about colleges and universities in your area that offer coursework in early childhood, as well as help you decide which credential or certification would be best for you.
If you are an owner or director of an early care and education program you can request an advisor to work with you and your staff. Ask us about Center Advising.
Request an Advisor
To request a PDA, complete this quick survey. We will help you get your career moving forward.
If you have specific questions about your application for a Gateways to Opportunity program, please contact us via email to connect with a Program Specialist about your application status.