Early Childhood Education Level Four Credential - Certificate


Apply child development theory to practice.

Observe, record, and assess child growth and development.

Implement developmentally appropriate curriculum.

Incorporate developmentally appropriate guidance strategies.

Integrate health, safety, and nutrition practices according to local, state, and national standards.

Provide a respectful, diverse, and inclusive program.

Use interpersonal skills to develop respectful relationships with children and adults.

Demonstrate professional and ethical standards.

Advocate for children, families, and the profession.

Program Overview

The Illinois Gateways Level Four Credential builds upon the framework of the Level Three Credential with additional early childhood education coursework along with supervised experience in an approved early childhood education setting. The Credential program is designed to support movement through the state of Illinois Career Lattice. The Level Four Credential expands on foundational professional knowledge, requires attainment of an associate degree, and supports progression to the Level Five Credential or direct exit into the field.

Additional Program Information

Gateways credentials are awarded and recognized by the Illinois Department of Human Services Bureau of Child Care and Development and are not granted through the Illinois Community College Board.

Program Requirements

This certificate requires completion of an associate degree or 60 semester hours including:

ECED 1513Child Growth & Development

3 Credits

ECED 2633Health, Nutrition & Safety

3 Credits

ECED 2523Intro to Early Childhood Education

3 Credits

ECED 2543Child Study & Observation

3 Credits

ECED 2533Early Childhood Curriculum Development

3 Credits

ECED 2513Child, Family & Community Relations

3 Credits

ECED 2403Clinical Experience

3 Credits

EDUC 1833The Exceptional Learner/Child

3 Credits

ENGL 1613English I

3 Credits

PSYC 1813Introduction to Psychology

3 Credits

Early Childhood Education Elective

3 Credits

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