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Early Childhood Education Director’s Credential – Certificate


Early Childhood Education – Director’s Credential

Certificate of Achievement

The Illinois Director Credential prepares students to work more effectively as childcare advocates and administrators in early childhood programs. The attainment of the IDC is one to be proud of. It serves as a symbol of individual achievement and demonstration of leadership and commitment beyond the scope of daily routine management through professional contributions to the field. The IDC is a tool to promote high standards of excellence, professionalism among staff, and quality care and education of children enrolled in early childhood programs. For more information about the IDC credential, call 1-888-548-8080 or visit Gateways to Opportunity website @

Students interested in the Illinois Director Credential should see the Early Childhood Education academic advisor. Students can complete the requirements for the IDC by:

  1. First completing the AAS Degree in Early Childhood Education;
  2. Completing the childcare Management Internship (ECE 279); and
  3. Completing 2 professional development activities (ECE 280).

What You Can Do

Students would be eligible to work as an assistant director, director, supervisor, coordinator, or childcare advocate in childcare center or other early childhood programs, organizations or social services for children and their families.


  • Early Childhood Education Director
  • Early Childhood Education Assistant Director
  • Supervisor
  • Coordinator
  • Childcare Advocate

Earning Potential

View the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook for Childcare Center Directors at Preschool and Childcare Center Directors : Occupational Outlook Handbook: : U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (

Modes of Instruction
Learn more about the modes of instruction offered at John A. Logan College.

Program Details

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*Prerequisite: A.A.S. in Early Childhood Education

ECE 279Management Internship 14
ECE 280Professional Development4

Total Hours for Degree8

The Director’s Credential Certificate is a minimum of 8 credit hours. Please use our Tuition and Fees page to calculate your approximate cost.

*Students will be responsible for additional classroom materials and tools.

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John A. Logan College Early Childhood Education Program is approved by the Illinois Network of Child Care Resources & Referral Agencies (INCCRRA) as an Illinois Director Credential Entitled Institution. John A. Logan College works directly with Gateways to Opportunity, a branch of INCCRRA to award this credential. As an entitled Illinois Director Credential (IDC) institution, John A. Logan College Early Childhood Education Program will verify the attainment of the IDC requirements and submit recommendation to the statewide Professional Development Advisory Council (PDAC) for review and confirmation. Upon the approval of PDAC, the IDC will be awarded. Core knowledge and skills will be validated in 5 areas:

  1. General Education
  2. Early Childhood/School-age Knowledge
  3. Management Knowledge & Skills
  4. Management & Teaching Experience
  5. Professional Contributions to the Field

Program learning outcomes information.

Early Childhood Education Faculty Contact.

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Marilyn Toliver

Professor of Early Childhood Education

Phone: (618) 985-2828 Ext. 8468
Office: G217

  1. One year of full-time early childhood education management experience in a licensed center will waive this course. ↩︎