This certificate is designed to meet the standards for the Illinois Director Credential (IDC) (Level 2) of the Illinois Network of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (INCCRRA). The Illinois Director’s Credential is recognized by the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC) leadership criteria for NAEYC Accreditation and by the Program Administration Scale used to assess for the highest star rating in the state Quality Rating System for child care centers. Upon successful completion of this certificate, students will be eligible to apply for the IDC from INCCRRA.
Applicants for the IDC certificate must hold a bachelor’s degree in a child-related major and must meet INCCRRA Early Childhood Education (ECE) credential requirements for Level 5. To earn the certificate, students must maintain a good academic standing in the university, achieve a minimum grade of C in each certificate course, achieve a GPA of 2.50 in all certificate courses, and complete all certificate course work within five academic years.