Higher Education Programs


Becoming Entitled for the Illinois Director Credential

The Illinois Director Credential is for professional administrators of ECE and school-age programs or those looking to become directors in the future. It requires specific levels of training, education and experience. Administrators need a strong foundation in the fundamentals of early childhood and school-age education, in addition to an understanding of business and management as demonstrated in the following ten Content Areas:

  • Personal and Professional Self-Awareness (PPS)
  • Legal and Fiscal Management (LFM)
  • Human Resources Development (HRD)
  • Educational Programming (EP)
  • Program Operation and Facilities Management (POFM)
  • Family Partnership (FP)
  • Marketing and Public Relations (MPR)
  • Leadership and Advocacy (LA)
  • Oral and Written Communication (OWC)
  • Technology (T)

Illinois Director Credential

Student/Workforce Potential

State of Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) Licensing Standards dictate that effective in July 2017, Gateways Illinois Director Credential Level 1 or Illinois Principal Endorsement will be required. Additionally, the IDC is needed to obtain a Silver or Gold Circle of Quality under ExceleRate Illinois. There 3,280 licensed childcare centers in Illinois (Whitehead, J. 2016) whose directors may need coursework leading to the IDC.

Whitehead, J. (2016). Characteristics of the Infant/Toddler Workforce in Illinois. Data Brief #2016-01, Bloomington, IL: INCCRRA

Excelerate Program

ExceleRate Illinois helps you prepare children for success in school and in life.

It also provides standards, guidelines, resources and supports to help you make sensible changes that lead to better quality outcomes for children.