30 credit hours
Leadership and Advocacy
Develop strong skills in management, policy influence, and advocacy to position yourself as an effective and visionary early childhood leader. Our Early Childhood Leadership and Advocacy program will prepare you to navigate through every aspect of the early childhood system and use your voice to advocate for policies that are in the best interest of young children and their families. This concentration prepares you to seek the Illinois Gateways to Opportunity Early Care and Education (ECE) Level 5 Credential and the Illinois Director Credential (IDC) at Level 3 through the Entitled Route.To earn the credentials, you will need to complete the appropriate Gateways applications and provide documentation of professional experiences and contributions.