The Head Start Act as Amended in 2007 spells out the professional competencies and academic degree qualifications required of classroom teachers in Head Start programs, including alternative credentialing requirements. As a condition of employment at Head Start of Lane County (HSOLC), all classroom teachers must meet the Section 648A Staff Qualifications requirements Head Start Act of 2007 unless a waiver has been granted by Office of Head Start.

HSOLC will give preference in the hiring process to candidates meeting or exceeding Head Start Teacher Qualification Mandates. It is up to each current or prospective employee to provide HSOLC with information on the college credit courses taken and to demonstrate that the courses address early childhood education or child development with a focus on children ages 3 to 5. Human Resources designee and/or Education/Disabilities Consultant will examine the college transcripts and review course descriptions or syllabi if needed, to determine the relevance of the courses to the Head Start program.

HSOLC Head Teacher

  1. Head Teachers must at minimum have an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education (ECE); OR
    1. Baccalaureate or Advanced Degree in Early Childhood Education (ECE); OR
    2. Associate, Baccalaureate or Advanced Degree in a field related to early childhood education and coursework equivalent to a major relating to early childhood education, with experience teaching preschool-age children. (see below **)
    3. Additionally current teachers must have a minimum of 15 hrs of classroom focused training annually (per program year).

**NonECE (Related) Degrees :

An Associate, Baccalaureate, or Advanced degree in a field other than child development or early childhood education that is supplemented by coursework equivalent to a major relating to early childhood education as long as they also have experience teaching pre-school aged children. Coursework includes but is not limited to courses that focus on child development, early childhood education and curriculum, early childhood teaching and assessment, psychology,family development, health and physical development, mathematics,science, and children’s literature. Such courses and training may be taken in various departments, such as Education, Home Economics, Music, Art, Library Sciences, Physical Education and Recreation, Psychology, Family Studies, and others;


An associate, baccalaureate, or advanced degree supplemented by the type(s) and number(s) of courses recognized by the state education agency as qualifying teachers to teach pre-school aged children in that state as “coursework equivalent to a major relating to early childhood education” as long as they also have experience teaching pre-school aged children. This would include state licenses or certifications in Early Childhood Education.

HSOLC Teacher

All Teachers must:

  1. Be enrolled in an Early Childhood Education (ECE) program leading to a degree.

Created: 02/2010
Edited: 10/2105
Policy Council approved: 3/2010
Board of Director approved:3/2010

Meets Performance Standard 1302.91

Reviewed: December 2020