ECE Credential Levels 2-6

ECE Credential Levels 2-6

ECE Credential Levels 2-6 are for early care and education professionals who have formal education, training and experience with children (ages 0-8), either in the form of supervised observation or direct work experience.

You can apply for a Gateways Credential through the Direct Route or Entitled Route. Looking at the descriptions below, decide which route you will take and follow the specific instructions for that path to your Credential.

How to Apply

Direct Route - To apply through the Direct Route you will submit information that documents your Education and Training, and Work and Practical Experience in early care and education.

Steps to Apply

  1. Become a Gateways Registry member.
  2. Download the Direct Route Credential Supplement Application.
  3. Fill out the Supplement Application including the Work & Practical Experience Form and the Information Update Form.
  4. Enclose a $65 check for payment (make checks payable to INCCRRA) or make a payment online by logging into your Registry Dashboard.  Click on My Registry and then choose the Make a Payment section. 
  5. Mail these documents to:

    INCCRRA/Applications
    1226 Towanda Plaza
    Bloomington, IL 61701

  6. Request your official transcripts be sent to Gateways from any accredited college or university you attended. An accredited college or university can send official transcripts electronically to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  If INCCRRA already has official transcripts on file you do not need to resend.

Entitled Route - To apply through the Entitled Route you will have attended an Entitled Institution and completed the required courses. An Entitled Institution is a college or university who has aligned their coursework with Credential requirements. Check this list for your school.

Steps to Apply

  1. Become a Gateways Registry member.
  2. Download the Entitled Route Credential Supplement Application.
  3. Fill out the Supplement Application including the Information Update Form.
  4. Enclose a $65 check for payment (make checks payable to INCCRRA) or make a payment online by logging into your Registry Dashboard.  Click on My Registry and then choose the Make a Payment section. 
  5. Mail these documents to:

    INCCRRA/Applications
    1226 Towanda Plaza
    Bloomington, IL 61701

  6. Request your official transcripts be sent to Gateways from any accredited college or university you attended. An accredited college or university can send official transcripts electronically to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  If INCCRRA already has official transcripts on file you do not need to resend.

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