Human Resource Specialist Certificate

Human resources are a crucial part of every company's operations, as they are tasked with supporting the company's most important asset–its employees. Completing a human resources program can be a rewarding route to diverse, exciting job opportunities across many industries. Oakton's Human Resource Specialist Program provides the foundation for a career in HR and the successful completion of industry-recognized credentials. Working professionals with bachelor’s degrees may leverage this program to acquire the essential skills needed to enter the human resources field or update their skills.

Courses in the program cover extensive topics in human resource management, such as:

  • Employee staffing and selection.
  • Training and development.
  • Compensation and benefits administration.
  • Human resource law.
  • Managing diversity.
  • Conflict management.
  • Change management.
  • Organizational behavior.
  • Negotiations.

Certificate

The certificate is 18 semester credit hours with the following requirements and learning objectives. If you have questions about the certificate program and need some help planning your next steps, contact the Office of Advising, Transitions and Student Success. Review the program requirements and other details in our course catalog:

Human Resource Specialist Certificate

Job Outlook

The employment of human resources managers is projected to grow 9 percent from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as the average for all occupations.

About 14,800 openings for human resources managers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

Candidates typically need a combination of education and several years of related work experience to become a human resources manager. Although positions typically require a bachelor’s degree, some require a master’s degree.

The median annual wage for human resources managers was $121,220 in May 2020.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Meet Your Faculty and Experts

Tracy Fulce
Chair of Business
Professor of Business
B.A. Michigan State University
M.B.A. Baker College
tfulce@oakton.edu
847.376.7803, Skokie
Office: B216, Skokie

David Lewis
Associate Professor, Business
dlewis@oakton.edu
847.635.1917
Office: 3604, Des Plaines

Meet our part time faculty:

Larry Benjamin
Lecturer
B.S. Illinois State University
M.B.A. Northwestern University
lbenjamin@oakton.edu
847.635.1910
Office: B206, Skokie

Murneka Davis
Lecturer
B.S. Northeastern Illinois University
M.H.R.M. Keller Graduate School
mmdavis@oakton.edu
847.376.7198
Office: 1268, Des Plaines

Danielle Dickerson
Lecturer
B.A. Columbia College, Chicago
M.A. Roosevelt University
ddickers@oakton.edu
847.635.1910
Office: B206, Skokie

Astrid Duran
Lecturer
B.S. National Louis University
M.B.A. National Louis University
aduran@oakton.edu
847.635.1910
Office: B206, Skokie

Leslie Dubin
Lecturer
A.B. University of Illinois Chicago
M.B.A. Northeastern Illinois University
ldubin@oakton.edu
847.635.1910
Office: B206, Skokie

Randy Felsenthal
Lecturer
B.A. University of Illinois, Urbana
M.A. Webster University
rfelsent@oakton.edu
847.635.1910
Office: B206, Skokie

Terry Lange
Lecturer
B.A. Illinois State
M.S.F.D. Northern Illinois University
tlange@oakton.edu
847.635.1910
Office: B206, Skokie

Althea McIntyre
Lecturer
B.S. American University
M.S. Loyola University Chicago
amcintyre@oakton.edu
847.635.1910
Office: B206, Skokie

Bruce Mueller
Lecturer
B.B.A. Loyola University Chicago
M.B.A. Loyola University Chicago
bmueller@oakton.edu
847.635.1910
Office: B206, Skokie

Brian Porter
Lecturer
B.B.A. Georgia State University
M.B.A. Texas Southern University
J.D. Chicago-Kent College of Law
bporter@oakton.edu
847.635.1910
Office: B206, Skokie

Christiana Sexton
Lecturer
B.A. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
M.B.A. DePaul University
M.S.H.R. DePaul University
csexton@oakton.edu
847.635.1910
Office: B206, Skokie

Wynn Shawver
Lecturer
B.S. Northwestern University
M.N.A. North Park University
wshawver@oakton.edu
847.635.1910
Office: B206, Skokie

Jillian Verstrate
Lecturer
A.A.S. Oakton Community College
B.A. Augustana University
J.A. Seton Hall University
jillv@oakton.edu
847.635.1910
Office: B206, Skokie

David Williams
Lecturer
B.A. Harvard University
M.B.A. Loyola University Chicago
dwilliam@oakton.edu
847.635.1910
Office: B206, Skokie

Graziano Berto
Owner
Carlucci Rosemont

Robyn Wall Berto
Owner
Kolon and Associates

Raymond Camosy
Camosy Construction

Robert Chakrabarty
Account Director
Taproot Foundation

Jim Coates
IUOE Local 399 ETF
Training Fund Administrator

Dr. Jerry Field
Executive VP J.B. Burling Group Ltd.

Joseph Gurreri
Founding Principal/Innov Consult

Rand Hass
President
Medusa Consulting Group

Cynthia Morgan
Shift 2 Green
Pres-CEO

Richard Paullin
Executive Director
International Trade Assoc. of Greater Chicago

Steven Schumacher
Director Corporate HR
Sears

Brian Simek
Senior Manager Fleet Repair Services
Wheels Inc.

What's Next?

We are glad you are considering attending Oakton Community College. No matter where you are in your decision-making process, we are here to help you with your next steps. Whether you're ready to apply now, need information on paying for college or have questions and want to contact someone, we're here to help.

Contact Us

Business, Financial Services, Global Business Studies, Management and Marketing
Tracy Fulce
Chair, Business
tfulce@oakton.edu
847.376.7803