Human Capital Leaders in Education Certification

Battelle for Kids, in collaboration with the American Association of School Personnel Administrators (AASPA), is pleased to announce the development of a certification program for human capital leaders in Pre-K12 education.


As many school districts struggle to recruit and retain top talent and ensure equitable access to excellent educators, schools need knowledgeable and skilled human capital professionals now more than ever. The certification program is rooted in new professional standards that outline the competencies that human capital leaders should master to:

  • Develop comprehensive human capital management systems (HCMS)
  • Manage key human capital decisions, in areas, such as workforce planning, recruitment, hiring, placement, compensation, promotion, and professional development
  • Balance strategic and transactional HR practices
  • Build a cohesive HCMS through branding and communication
  • Maximize the use of data for continuous improvement
  • Implement the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and other state and federal policies impacting human capital in education

Through our work with districts across the country, we discovered the need for human capital standards and professional learning specific to Pre-K–12 education. We have been working with educators to:


Draft Standards

Review research, courses, certification programs, grant programs, and practices specific to human capital in Pre-K‒12 education to develop draft standards. View a copy of the standards here.


Gather Feedback

Collect feedback from hundreds of educators, including AASPA and its state affiliates.  We are currently accepting public comment to enhance development of the standards. Submit your feedback here by January 20, 2017.  


Pilot Professional Learning

Create an aligned curriculum, pilot the professional learning program, and incorporate feedback to refine the process. Battelle for Kids and AASPA are piloting professional learning around the standards in the following locations:

  • Oregon School Personnel Association
    Prineville, OR
    July 11‒15, 2016
  • Maricopa County Education Service Agency
    Phoenix, AZ
    August 23-25, 2016
    September 13-15, 2016
  • Des Moines Public Schools
    Des Moines, IA
    September 20-22, 2016
    November 30-December 1, 2016
  • Texas Association of School Personnel Administrators—Central Texas Pilot
    San Antonio, TX
    October 25-27, 2016
    December 6-8, 2016
  • Texas Association of School Personnel Administrators—North Texas Pilot
    Dallas, TX
    October 19-20, 2016
    November 8-9, 2016
    January 18-19, 2017

Reserve your spot for two virtual learning pilots beginning in spring 2017. Space is limited! 

Pilot 1: April 3–May 31, 2017
Pilot 2: June 5–August 4, 2017

The HCLE program provided me with invaluable resources that allowed me to return to my District and establish processes with immediate positive results. Many times, HR professionals do not see themselves as having an impact on student achievement, but we have a profound and direct impact on the quality of the teachers who are hired and placed in classrooms every day and that impacts student achievement!
Steffanie Frost, Director of Human Resources, McMinnville School District, Oregon

Who can benefit from the HCLE Certification program?

  • District and building leaders
  • Human capital/HR staff or professionals interested in pursuing this career path
  • Teachers and teacher leaders
  • Public, private, and charter school executives and department directors
  • State departments of education and other education-related government employees
  • Career changers