Child Development Administrative Credential

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Child Development Administrative Credential   (5 credits)

The Credential in Child Development provides a basic academic foundation and professional development for education and teaching staff. An important professional credential offers Head Start health workers an opportunity to advance their careers and serve children and families more effectively. 

Students are prepared to communicate effectively, learn and use new technology, think critically and creatively and demonstrate cultural awareness.  The courses are designed for students who intend to pursue advanced study in early childhood education or a related discipline.  The structure and curriculum of the CD Credential are designed to help students meet the requirements of the Child Development Associate (CDA) National Credentialing Program's Competency Standards .

Why do I need a credential?

Being a credentialed Child Development professional makes all the difference.  Health service workers who want recognition for their professional achievement and who want to unlock new career paths come to HS University for their credentials

With credential comes an enhanced degree of credibility and competence. HS University's credential...

  Validates specialized knowledge through examination
  Verifies requisite levels of education and experience
  Demonstrates a commitment to continuing education and examination to stay at the forefront of your profession
  Requires adhering and maintaining high ethical standards through a Code of Professional Conduct.

A credential at HS University is an "educational process" of establishing the qualifications of professionals in Head Start, Early Head Start, Migrant Head Start, American Indian/Alaska Native and Early Childhood employees.  The process consists of the attainment of a specific skill level and knowledge of regulations and the assessing of the candidate's educational background and experience. A license is then awarded to the professional who meets the standards set for the credential.  It signifies that a student has enrolled, attended and successfully completed the requirements of a specific content area within the Education Administration area.  The credential process usually takes about 6 months to complete and requires 30 credit units.

The credential in Education Management is designed for students who want a concentration in the areas of education management in Head Start.  Credits earned can be used for transfer into the Associates in Science degree - Early Childhood Education Management program.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

1. Identify a variety of current and historical theoretical approaches to Early Childhood Education                                      
2. Identify and assess the elements that determine quality in early childhood settings
3. Articulate the beginnings of a personal philosophy of Early Childhood Education
4. Identify and evaluate ethical issues that may be encountered in the field of Early Childhood Education
5. Plan, implement and evaluate age appropriate and individually appropriate activities for typical, atypical and children from culturally diverse backgrounds.
6. Create and evaluate a learning environment that supports children's physical, social, emotional, creative, language and cognitive development
7. Identify and apply positive approaches to discipline that encourage children to develop self-control and a sense of self-esteem
8. Demonstrate competence in integrating theory and practice in early childhood programs serving diverse populations


 Program Information


Program Length

All courses are two days or six week in length, 10 credits unless specified otherwise. HS University students are Head Start working adults who can earn their certificate at their own pace and on their own schedule.  Most students attend part-time, and the normal time to complete this program is 12 weeks.

Program Cost

Cost information for HS University program is available at  The tuition and fees for the entire program, at current tuition rates, are $2495 online, $1995 campus. 

Program Course of Study

The following list a suggested course of study. Students must complete 5 credits in order to earn a credential. Please contact your advisor and student representative for an individual Professional Development Plan (Plans consist of a detailed program of study requirement and Proposal for Tuition payment).  Students must complete an application and pay application fee in order to receive Professional Development Plans of Study

Certification Requirements: Click on Certification Type to find out more information!

Ceritification Type   Certification Requirement
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