Illinois Director Credential Level 1
Major Code: 579A

Certificate of Achievement

The Illinois Director Credential Level I (IDC) is recognized by the State of Illinois and is also recognized as the statewide standard of management and leadership capabilities by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). By achieving the IDC, the administrator is enhancing their commitment to quality programming.

In addition to completing the Early Childhood Education AAS degree (60 hours), the Illinois Director Credential Level I also requires the completion of the following specialized courses, as well as professional contributions.

Course Requirements12

  • ECE230 Early Childhood Center Administration3
  • ECE299 Early Childhood Education Administration Internship3
  • BUS100 Introduction to Business3
  • PDV110 Leadership Studies3


Select an elective from the courses listed.

  • ECE102 Career Explorations in Early Childhood3
  • ECE104 Infant and Toddler Development3
  • ECE107 Development and Guidance of the School-Age Child3
  • ECE145 Multiculturalism in Early Childhood3
  • ECE150 Foundations of Early Childhood Education3
  • ECE204 Infant and Toddler Curriculum3
  • ECE207 School-Age Programming3
  • ECE225 Play and Creative Expression for the Young Child3

Program Total15

Major course shown in color requires minimum grade of C.