The Professional Credential
HS University offers a professional credentials to meet the needs of Head Start staff who want to complete a professional career training after and/or before entering a degree program. The Professional credential provides a solid foundation and curriculum within the academic disciplines of management and human services. Instruction focuses on the development of skills in that fosters a philosophical orientation that enables students to function as productive managers. The completion of a credential also represents an important milestone for many Head Start staff as they pursue their career goals.
The University’s Credential program embraces four goals:
- To refine students’ ability to apply problem solving skills to many settings
- To promote student’s active awareness of their responsibility to giving those children with the greatest need for Head Start a chance to enroll.
- To develop within students a depth and breadth of knowledge that can be applied to Head Start program settings.
The credential program addresses issues in which a Head Start program faces daily. The program is designed for those who have functional responsibility to carry out the duties of the program’s implementation and monitoring; seasoned managers who wish to keep current; newcomers, requiring new knowledge and skills; and specialist wanting to broaden their knowledge. Major topic areas covered include the credential professional's role in a Head Start such as developing practices, implementing strategies, and monitoring services.
The two levels are as follows:
Credentialed Administrator – This level is designed for new and current staff of Head Start looking to update their skill level. The curriculum focuses on implementation and development of policies and procedures. The curriculum involves staff and performance standards as well as going beyond quality services. Skill mastery and assessment will focus on program implementation.
Credentialed Supervisor – This level is designed for workers who are currently managing a content area in a Head Start program or those staff who are seeking a management position. This level will help to move a candidate toward administrative and management responsibility. The curriculum builds upon the administrative credential level. Candidates seeking this level will obtain methods and strategies for monitoring, managing and implementing policies. Skill mastery and assessment will focus on managerial advancement and performance.