Child Development Supervisor Credential

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Child Development Supervisor Credential   (10 credits)

The Supervisor Credential (SC) program is designed as a valid and reliable measure of thecandidates understanding of the Head Start regulations.  Candidates enrolled in this Credential program acquire a skill set of the best practices and procedural methods for implementing Head Start regulations. A Supervisor Credential (SC) is a Head Start professional who is responsible for collecting, reporting, managing and monitoring daily compliance issues in a content area. 

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 health services area within a Head Start program. .

The credential in Early Childhood Education includes the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework core in addition to all the specialized courses.  This 24 week program is designed to equip the student with the experience and skills needed to work with children under five.  Current Head Start employment and working as a teacher's aide is required. The curriculum is designed to include all the specialized courses in Early Childhood Education to enable students to manage or lead those children under five in a teacher capacity.

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 an early childhood setting
3. Articulate the beginnings of a program's 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.  Also plan curriculum that is based on child development knowledge observations and assessments of typical and atypical 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 self-esteem
8. Create strategies that will support and maintain positive, collaborative relationships with families
9. Recognize current issues and policies that affect young children and their families
10. Identify and communicate effectively with other professionals concerned with supporting children's development and well-being
11. Identify sources and participate in opportunities available for professional growth
12. Demonstrate competence in integrating theory and practice in early childhood programs serving diverse populations of children and their families
13. Reflect, analyze and evaluate their teaching practices in order to strengthen their work with young children



 Program Information

Program Length

All courses are two days or six week online in length, 10 units unless specified otherwise. HS University students are Head Start working adults who can earn their supervisor credential at their own pace and on their own schedule.  Most students attend part-time, and the normal time to complete this program is 24 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 $2695 online, 2195 campus. 

Program Course of Study

The following list a suggested course of study. Students must complete 10 credits in order to earn a certificate. 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
Supervisor Credential   Supervisor Credential is a "Supervisor Development Program." Core competencies include Basic Core competencies, plus resilience, conflict management, team building, influencing/negotiating, human resources management, service motivation and accountability. Technical competencies vary by content area. This is a 24 week program. Requires 10 credits, 2 exams Brochure...