DEI Certification_icon

DEIB Leadership Credential

Live • Online • 40 PD Hours

From intention to action, this course empowers learners with the leadership skills needed to ensure that diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB) are not only an intentional focus, but also an intentional practice in their program.

New! Early Bird Pricing

Early Bird

Until June 14

Member Rate: $1,596
Regular Rate: $2,128


After June 14

Member Rate: $1,995
Regular Rate: $2,660

Every Head Start and Early Head Start program should have an actionable leader who is intentionally focused on making DEIB an integral part of their everyday practices. The Academy at NHSA’s DEIB Leadership Credential is ideal for any leader in a program, regardless of their title, who will be ensuring the program is meeting the highest DEIB standards.

Taught by renowned DEIB professor, Dr. Kimberly P. Johnson, who brings her wealth of experience as an author of over 25 children's books, as well as her expertise from teaching at prestigious institutions such as Clemson and Harvard, this 12-week credentialing program goes beyond theoretical knowledge. It will not only expand learners’ understanding of DEIB, it will allow them to develop a portfolio of practical application tools they can use, share, and refer back to at any time.

Dr. Johnson's passion for supporting early learning shines through in her dedication to Head Start, as she herself is a Head Start alumna. Her personal experience with the program adds an invaluable perspective to the course content. Witness the compelling story of her journey and be inspired by her deep understanding of the power of Head Start.

You won’t want to miss the opportunity to learn directly from her and join a community of Head Start leaders from across the country committed to driving positive change. Register now!

Start Date:

New cohorts will be accepted annually in the Fall and Spring. Please visit the registration page to see the upcoming dates.

Course Level: 



None, however it is recommended that learners first complete Bias Busters Basics.

Target Audience:

Leadership and Management and Support Services

Course Meeting Times:

Learners will be required to attend bi-weekly one-hour meetings, totaling six hours. Please visit the registration page to see the schedule for the upcoming cohorts.

Completion Timeline/Duration:

Three months

Head Start Alignment:

This course supports programs in meeting 1301.101 Management Systems requirements of the Head Start Program Performance Standards by promoting effective management, professional development, comprehensive services, and equitable access for children and families from diverse backgrounds.

Registration Rates

Member Rate:

Regular Rate:

Not a member? Join to save!

Download the Syllabus 


40 Hours of Course Material

Online, Self-Paced Content

4 Months of Access to Course

Video Content
Discussion Forums
Digital Badge
Certificate of Completion with PD Hours
24/7 Access to Transcript

Course Author

Dr. Kimberly Johnson

Dr. Kimberly Johnson

Children’s author and educator, Dr. Kimberly P. Johnson grew up in Shelby, NC. She is the author of 25 children’s books. Dr. Johnson received her doctorate in Curriculum, Teaching, and Leadership from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. She holds a master’s degree from Clemson University, in Youth Development and Leadership, an Early Childhood Education degree, and a Communications degree from University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She completed her postdoctoral work in the Advanced Leadership program at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. She recently completed a certificate in Diversity and Inclusion at Cornell University. She is currently teaching Creative Activities for Youth, Designing Effective Youth Programs, Youth and Family, and Working with Diverse Youth at Clemson University. Dr. Johnson also teaches Creative Writing for Social Change at Clinton College and is a course facilitator for the Leading Learning, Managing Evidence, and Leading with Equity and Excellence courses at Harvard University in the Graduate School of Education.

Related Content

Site Leader Credential

This credential explores topics surrounding day-to-day leadership in Head Start and Early Head Start sites. Participants will work on managing and leading ...
Learn More

Bias Buster Basics

Educate and have an open dialogue with your staff on the topics of diversity, inclusion, and equity (DEI). This course is the perfect first step in your ...
Learn More