ECE Toolbox

Toolbox Overview

The Illinois ECE Competency Toolbox includes a variety of resources supporting assessment within a competency-based system.

Webcast Series

View the Web Series short videos in a complete Playlist on YouTube or you can choose which video topic you would like to watch below.  

Modularization Series 2023

Toolbox Organization

Toolbox organization is based on the 7 Gateways Content Areas:

  • CPD: Curriculum or Program Design
  • FCR: Family and Community Relationships
  • HGD: Human Growth and Development
  • HSW: Health, Safety, and Well-Being
  • IRE: Interactions, Relationships, and Environments
  • OA: Observation and Assessment
  • PPD: Personal and Professional Development

Assessments are included within each content area. The Assessments provided correspond to credential Levels (Level 2, 3, 4, and 5). Faculty select Assessments based on alignment between targeted competency and the highest leveled Assessment target.

Please note: Titles for each Assessment include Level and in some cases, Assessments include multiple choices for each level.

document Competency Assessment Guide (1.27 MB)


Master Rubrics

Master Rubrics
  • Curriculum or Program Design Master Rubric with AlignmentDOC
  • Family & Community Relationships Master Rubric with AlignmentDOC
  • Human Growth & Development Master Rubric with AlignmentDOC
  • Health Safety & Well-Being Master Rubric with AlignmentDOC
  • Interactions, Relationships & Environment Master Rubric with AlignmentDOC
  • Observation and Assessment Master Rubric with AlignmentDOC
  • Personal & Professional Development Master Rubric with AlignmentDOC

Master Rubrics are provided for each of the competencies included within the 7 Gateways Content Areas. Assessments can be designed based on using Master Rubrics in their entirety, or by using a unique compilation rubric rows.

Master Rubric Organization

Each Master Rubric includes the targeted competency in the column to the far left. Columns from left to right denote varying levels of proficiency for each targeted competency.

Master Rubric Color Coding Scheme

Master Rubrics are color coded based on Credential Levels rubric rows align to:

  • Level 2 = Yellow
  • Level 3 = Green
  • Level 4 = Orange
  • Level 5 = Blue

Gateways ECE Credential, NAEYC, IPEC, and InTASC Competency Alignment

pdf Gateways ECE Competency Alignments to NAEYC, IPEC, InTASC (650 KB)

Gateways to Opportunity® 2021 Reports


Modularization Videos


Higher Education Forum

Thursday, April 20, 2023

Friday, April 21, 2023

Gateways to Opportunity Higher Education Forum 2023 Materials and PowerPoints

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