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Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education A4X Package: Modules 1 - 9

Course Number
A4X_Alabama_v1
Price
1575.00
Overview
Aim4Excellence is an online national director credential for early childhood administrators. It focuses on the essential knowledge and skills leaders need to deliver high-quality programming for young children.  Aim4Excellence is recognized by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) as an alternative path for meeting the director qualifications for NAEYC program accreditation.

Participants who complete all nine modules will earn the Aim4Excellence National Director Credential.  Participants can connect to Aim4Excellence anytime from anywhere they have limited access.  No special software or textbooks are required.

All questions regarding course timeline and scholarships must be directed to the cohort facilitator provided by the Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education (ADECE).


Aim4Excellence™ National Director Credential - The Whole Leadership Approach to Online Leadership Development

Module 1: Leading the Way
This module assists a program leader in understanding the vital role played in creating and sustaining program excellence.

Module 2: Recruiting, Selecting, and Orienting Staff
This module increases a program leader's understanding of and ability to implement effective, ethical, and lawful employment practices.

Module 3: Promoting Peak Performance
This module assists a program leader to understand the central role they play in supervising staff and building a learning community by guiding teachers to become reflective practitioners.

Module 4: Managing Program Operations
This module expands a program leader's understanding of systems thinking to evaluate and implement efficient, strategic, and important management systems to alleviate risk within the early childhood program setting.

Module 5: Building a Sound Business Strategy
This module introduces the program leader with the decisions regarding the program’s organizational structure, its finances, and the way of caring for existing and prospective customers.

Module 6: Designing Indoor and Outdoor Environments
This module will strengthen your program and leadership capacity as you plan, evaluate, and improve indoor and outdoor environments for infants, toddlers, pre-K, and school-age children to create the highest quality setting for children, families, and staff to thrive.

Module 7: Supporting Children’s Development and Learning
This module will build your program capacity to advance children's development and learning by providing leadership to establish and strengthen staff competencies for teaching and caregiving.

Module 8: Facilitating Responsive Family Engagement
This module will increase your leadership influence, activate strategies to promote family engagement, strengthen connections between family, program, and community resources.

Module 9: Evaluating Program Quality for Continuous Improvement
This module focuses on the critical role that a program leader provides by modelling for staff and demonstrating to facilities, a program's commitment to ongoing inquiry and quality improvement.


Additional Information
Please note that you have 30 days to complete each module.

Important: The Aim4Excellence modules are provided to meet the standards set forth by the Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education (ADECE) cohort project. Participants must successfully complete the scholarship process as determined by ADECE. Please contact their offices directly for more information.

For technical assistance as you move through the modules, contact the McCormick Center HelpDesk via email McCormickCenterHelpdesk@nl.edu or call at 844-378-2464.