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Waubonsee Approves Early Childhood Director Certificate

At its meeting on Jan. 18, the Waubonsee Community College Board of Trustees approved the college’s new Illinois Director Credential Level I Certificate of Achievement. Designed to help early childhood education workers advance their careers, the certificate will debut in fall 2012.

The Illinois Director Credential (IDC) Level I is part of the “Gateway to Opportunity: Illinois Professional Development System.” It is a voluntary credential recognized by both the State of Illinois and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) as the statewide standard of management and leadership capabilities.

Following completion of Waubonsee’s Associate in Applied Science Degree in Early Childhood Education, students take additional course work to earn the new IDC Level I Certificate of Achievement. They can then apply to Gateways to receive their credential.

Waubonsee early childhood education students can also apply to Gateways to receive the Infant Toddler Credential Levels 2 and 4 and Early Childhood Education Credentials Levels 2 and 4 upon completing the appropriate certificates or degree.

In addition to the new credentials, Waubonsee’s early childhood education program is also expanding its course locations next fall. More early childhood education courses will be offered at both the Aurora and Plano Campuses so that students can earn the full Child Care Worker Certificate of Achievement at each location.

To learn more about Waubonsee’s early childhood education programs, visit