NIU has been approved as an entitled institution for the Gateways to Opportunity ECE Credential -Levels 2, 3, 4, and 5 through 2023. As an entitled institution, students have the opportunity to qualify for state recognized credentials as they take courses or complete a degree through the Human Development and Family Sciences department.
NIU is among a select group of institutions in Illinois to be entitled for the Gateways to Opportunity Credentials. All Gateways to Opportunity Credentials have competencies that reflect multiple professional standards, including National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the Illinois Professional Teaching Standards.
The faculty has worked diligently to align their courses with the Gateways to Opportunity competencies. In a time when Early Childhood Education is defining itself as a field that promotes professional development, NIU has become entitled to help further this goal by graduating students ready toprovide quality care and education to young children in Illinois.
Gateways to Opportunity, Illinois Professional Development System, is designed to provide guidance, support and recognition to practitioners who serve children and families in Illinois. Gateways to Opportunity is administered by the Illinois Network of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (INCCRRA) on behalf of the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS). Visit the Gateways to Opportunity website at www.ilgateways.com today to learn more .