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State Credentials

State Credentials

Early childhood education students may take advantage of a new and exciting study option. State-recognized credentials now are available through Gateways to Opportunity, the Illinois Early Care and Education Professional Development Network of INCCRRA (Illinois Network of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies).

The advent of credentials in the early childhood education field marks another important milestone in the profession. Credentials soon will become the standard of quality for all ECE professionals in Illinois, signaling that students have tackled more than basic early childhood coursework in preparing for their work with children and families. Credentials include documentation of course work, work or practical experience, and professional contributions and represent a level of professional expertise and commitment that equates to best practice in early childhood education.

All Oakton ECE students should consider pursuing a credential! Credential options include: early care and education, infant-toddler specialization, and administration. Make an appointment with the ECE chair to learn more or obtain information by attending an ECE Student Orientation during the fall or spring semester.

Applying for Credentials

Complete the paperwork, available from Oakton's ECE Program Chair. This includes forms and documentation of completed course work as well as required work or practical experience in the field. Once submitted, the ECE Chair recommends the student for the appropriate credential.  INCCRRA (the Illinois Network of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies) grants the credential.


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IMPORTANT DATES


January 12
Faculty return for spring 2015 semester.

January 16
Winterim classes end.

January 19
Martin Luther King holiday, College closed.

January 20
Spring 2015 semester classes begin.

January 21
Winterim faculty grading due.

January 26
Last day to submit proof of residency, business service agreements and chargebacks/joint agreements.

February 15
Last day to withdraw from 16-week courses and have course dropped from record.

February 16
Presidents Day holiday, College closed.

February 17
Last day to change to audit for 16-week courses.

March 1
Incomplete (I) grades from fall 2014 semester for which faculty have not submitted final grades will become an "F" after this date.

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