Disabilities Services Management License

Why HS University's certification is right for you!

Health Services Management License  (15 units)

The Management License (ML) program is designed for professionals who are responsible for ensuring the professional development of Head Start staff. Candidates enrolled in this program usually have 2 years or more experience administering Head Start training curriculum. The Management License program is designed to identify leadingtrainers who can deliver superior training events, conferences andseminars on Head Start standards. Candidates enrolled in this program will have a competitive edge in their career and will be a vital resource in today's Head Start training community. In addition to the national recognition, candidates are provided with a valuable set of resources to aid them in becoming some of the best trainers in the Head Start community.Program Guide

A management license 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 licensing process.  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 management licensel process usually takes about 36 weeks to complete and requires 15 credits.

The management license in Disabilities Services credential is designed to help students develop a “systems approach” to monitoring Disabilities services, reflecting the vision articulated within the Performance Standards and Disabilities protocol that strong systems are essential to maintaining program quality. Under this approach, students will learn how to identify a failure within Disabilities service area and identify the underlying problems in which federal review teams might identify as a non-compliance finding. The license focuses on how systems, services, and Disabilities activities interact to create and maintain quality support and services. The focus of the license will be on both the child and family, using the regulations and best practices to develop procedures and policies. This credential is a holistic, multifaceted credential that allows students to learn how to integrate quality disabilities support systems and services. The credential uses the Disabilities requirements as the core of the license. Students learn the provisions of establishing a Head Start-based Disabilities program that emphasizes a programmatic way of observing and recognizing disabilities and behavioral changes in staff, children and families and directing them to the best support services. 

The training management license in Disabilities Service is designed for those individuals who are responsible for training and professional development to acquire skills for training and procedural management of Disabilities service.  The course will help you build comfortable rapport with staff and buy-in for new Disabilities service procedural changes, deliver disabilities services standards logically and simply in a brain-friendly fashion, orchestrate the optimum environment for training, engage the audience in multi-faceted, ingenious ways to facilitate Disabilities service compliance, use and combine compelling audio and visual aids to utilize holistic thinking of health systems and apply Disabilities service strategies for quality services. 


Learning Outcomes

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

1. Develop health policies and procedures that support the Disability goals for children, families and staff                                           
2. Link children and families to ongoing sources of continuous, accessible Disability care
3. Integrate Disabilities within the Head Start program curriculum
4. Respond to questions about strategies to address community disability problems
5. Ensure center environments support a healthy child's social and emotional development
6. Engage parents in identifying and accessing disabilities services and resources
7. Support parents as advocates for their child's disabilities
8. Support efforts to improve Disabilities in the community
9. Develop comprehensive Disabilities services for children and pregnant mothers
10. Educate providers and other professionals on the disabilities needs and issues of Head Start children and families
11. Advocate for community system changes that support the disabilities of children and families


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 http://www.hsuniversity.org/tution_15.html.  The tuition and fees for the entire program, at current tuition rates, are $3695 online or $3195 campus. 

Program Course of Study

The following list a suggested course of study. Students must complete 5 credits/ 15 units 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
Management License   Management License is a "Executive Management Program." Core competencies include all supervisor competencies, plus creativity/innovation, technology management and organizational systems awareness. Technical competencies vary by content area. This is a 36 week program. Requires 45 credit hours, 3 exams and student practicum Brochure...
Management License w/Trainer Specialty   Licensed Trainer is a technical addition to any of the above competencies. Core competencies include all management license competencies, plus strategic thinking, vision, and external awareness. Technical competencies vary by content area. Requires 45 credit hours, 3 exams and student practicum, with 5 credits hours in training specialities Brochure...