Higher Education Programs


Becoming Entitled for the Technical Assistance Credential

The Gateways to Opportunity Technical Assistance (TA) Credential is designed for Coaches, Mentors, and Technical Assistance Advisors who use a relationship-based professional development model. The TA Credential validates providers have the knowledge and skills to:

  • Act as a coach, mentor, consultant, and/or technical assistance provider for ECE or School-Age professionals
  • Utilize relationship-based coaching to support professionals in strengthening their abilities
  • Understand the principles of adult learning
  • Have knowledge and experience working with children ages birth through 12

In addition to the seven Gateways Content Areas, the Technical Assistance Credential includes seven additional areas specific to relationship-based professional development:

  • Leadership & Professional Skills
  • Adult Learning
  • Collaborative Relationships
  • Reflective Practice
  • Communication
  • Assessment & Planning
  • Change Process

Technical Assistance Credential

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Student/Workforce Potential

Using the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) definitions, the Technical Assistance (TA) Credential was developed to acknowledge the specific education needed to provide relationship-based professional development. TA Credential professionals include Professional Development Advisors, Principal Preparation Programs, Teacher Leaders, Child Care Resource and Referral Agency Specialists etc. There is currently insufficient coursework that leads to the Gateways Technical Assistance Credential to meet the needs of providers throughout the state.

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.