Welcome, Delaware participants!

The McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership welcomes a new group to the Aim4Excellence family. Beginning in September 2016, the Delaware Early Learning Leadership Initiative, will provide an Aim4Excellence National Director Credential opportunity for 15 early childhood leaders in Delaware. Aim4Excellence is recognized as the director credential of Delaware and is acknowledged within the Delaware STARS QRIS. Participants may register, pay on their own, and complete the program as a self-paced series.

Those who are interested in waiting, can add their name to the list to be contacted in the event that additional funds become available to help support the program costs. For more information, contact Caitlin Gleason at Caitlin.Gleason@doe.k12.de.us or 302.735.4128 at the Office of Early Learning. Also, feel free to also contact the cohort facilitator, Joanna Sullivan, at joannaaim4excellence@gmail.com or 302.690.1378.

Welcome, Arizona participants!

The McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership welcomes a new group to the Aim4Excellence family. Beginning in September 2016, Southwest Human Development will provide an Aim4Excellence cohort opportunity for 10 early childhood leaders in the Phoenix, Arizona area. Participants will complete the Aim4Excellence online modules and engage in monthly face-to-face cohort meetings through which they receive guided feedback as they work through the 9-module program. Welcome, Arizona participants!

For additional information or to apply, contact Mary Jamsa at 602.633.8801.

Welcome, participants from KinderCare Learning Centers!

The McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership welcomes a new group to the Aim4Excellence family. Beginning in October 2016, KinderCare will offer the Aim4Excellence National Directors Credential as a professional development opportunity to its employees. Welcome, KinderCare!

For additional information please contact Peggy Delaney at pdelaney@klcorp.com or 630.810.0178.

Past Term Schedules for Aim4Excellence Courses through NLU

Each Aim4Excellence course at NLU is 5 quarter hours and spans over 2 quarters (24 weeks)*. Below please find past term schedules for Aim4Excellence courses through NLU. View current and upcoming course schedules.

ECE 311 | Administration I: Leadership Strategies and Staff Development

ECE 311 thru 2015.fw

ECE 312 | Administration II: Managing Center Operations and Finances

ECE 312 thru 2015.fw

ECE 313 | Administration III: Implementing and Evaluating the Program

ECE 313 thru 2015.fw

 

*Note that individual modules must be completed within eight weeks of the date of first log-in according to the Terms and Conditions. Because each course spans over two terms, transcripts will reflect a grade for work completed at the end of the first quarter (“Part A” – 2 quarter hours) and a grade for work completed at the end of the second quarter (“Part B” – 3 quarter hours).

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Chicago Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) Aim4Excellence Opportunity

OVERVIEW

Aim4Excellence™ is an online national director credential for early childhood administrators. The credential focuses on the essential knowledge and skills needed to deliver high-quality programming for young children.  The Chicago Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) and McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership are pleased to offer a fully scholarshipped Aim4Excellence opportunity to administrators of DFSS programs.


WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Online Learning through the Aim4Excellence Modules | Over the course of 10 months, participants will complete the nine Aim4Excellence online modules to earn the Aim4Excellence National Director Credential.
  • Face-to-Face Learning Community | Participants will move through the Aim4Excellence modules in a community of practice supported by a facilitator. Participants will meet monthly for face-to-face meetings at the Chicago campus of National Louis University. The model is designed to help participants reflect, process, and implement the information from each module.
  • College Credit | Participants will receive a total of 15 quarter hours (the equivalent of 9 semester hours) of undergraduate college credit from National Louis University.
  • Points Toward the Illinois Director Credential | Beginning in July of 2016,  Illinois directors will need the Illinois Director Credential to meet the  Director Qualifications standards for the Silver or Gold Circles of Quality in ExceleRate Illinois. The Aim4Excellence modules help meet the Education and Training in Early Care & Education Administration component of the Illinois Director Credential.  Points will be notated on participants’ Certificate of Completion for each Aim4Excellence module. View details.


COST

This project is funded by the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) and is offered at no cost to participants.

 

DATES

As interest builds for the DFSS Aim4Excellence program, new cohorts will be announced, along with corresponding schedules.  Participants will attend monthly face-to-face meetings and complete the online modules independently between meetings.   See the “to apply” instructions below to add your  name to the list.


REQUIREMENTS

Participants will be required to:

  • Attend the welcome meeting and 80% of monthly meetings;
  • Submit each module within the 30-day required turnaround;
  • Actively participate in the monthly meetings;
  • Successfully complete all modules with a 70% or above; and
  • Adhere to the Aim4Excellence Terms and Conditions.

TO APPLY

Contact Elaine Millsap-Parker at elaine.millsap-parker@cityofchicago.org or 312.743.1926 to apply.

Optional Undergraduate College Credit through National Louis University

Aim4Excellence participants may opt to take the modules for undergraduate college credit through National Louis University. Three 5-quarter hour courses are available. Below are additional details about this credit option.


TERM SCHEDULE FOR AIM4EXCELLENCE COURSES THROUGH NLU

Each Aim4Excellence course at NLU is 5 quarter hours and spans over 2 quarters (24 weeks). Participants taking the modules for credit through NLU must abide by the following course schedule*:

ECE 311 | Administration I: Leadership Strategies and Staff Development

ECE 312 | Administration II: Managing Center Operations and Finances

ECE 313 | Administration III: Implementing and Evaluating the Program

*Note that individual modules must be completed within eight weeks of the date of first log-in according to the Terms and Conditions. Because each course spans over two terms, transcripts will reflect a grade for work completed at the end of the first quarter (“Part A” – 2 quarter hours) and a grade for work completed at the end of the second quarter (“Part B” – 3 quarter hours).

 

GRADING OF AIM4EXCELLENCE COLLEGE COURSE THROUGH NLU

Each Aim4Excellence module includes a variety of evidence of learning activities that total 100 points. In order to receive a Certificate of Completion for a module you must attain a score of 70 points or higher. Students taking the Aim4Excellence modules for credit at National Louis University will receive a course grade assigned according to the following grading scale:

Grade

Points Earned

A

90-100 percent

B

80-89 percent

C

70-79 percent

D

60-69 percent

F

below 60 percent

 

VIEWING YOUR GRADE AND REQUESTING TRANSCRIPTS

Students enrolled for college credit at National Louis University will receive an email once a grade is posted for an Aim4Excellence course. After completing the course, you will need to log on to the National Louis University Portal in order to view your grade.

If you are having difficulty accessing your grade, you may contact the NLU helpdesk at: 800.443.5522 x4357 for assistance.

Once your grades have been posted, you may request a transcript of your coursework online by visiting the National Louis University Office of Admissions and Records.

Learn more about accessing grades and transcripts.

 

DROPPING A NLU AIM4EXCELLENCE COURSE

A student may request a full refund for the tuition fees ($380 per course) for college credit through National Louis University. If you need to drop a course, you must do so in writing prior to the completion of the first module of the course and within 7 days of the date of first log in.

Registration fees ($175 per module ) will not be refunded for modules already started. You may request in writing a refund of 50% of the module registration fee, as described in the Terms and Conditions, for modules not yet started.

 

ADDITIONAL TERMS

All students enrolled in Aim4Excellence are subject to the Terms and Conditions of the program. Students registered to take the modules for credit through National Louis University are subject to the policies described in the NLU Student Guidebook.

Optional Undergraduate College Credit through National Louis University

Aim4Excellence participants may opt to take the modules for undergraduate college credit through National Louis University. Three 5-quarter hour courses are available. Below are additional details about this credit option.


TERM SCHEDULE FOR AIM4EXCELLENCE COURSES THROUGH NLU

Aim4Excellence courses at NLU span over 2 quarters (24 weeks). Participants taking the modules for credit through NLU must abide by the following course schedule*:

First log-in date for the
first module in the course

Course end date (All modules in the course must be complete by this date.)

Transcript available for request

January 6 through March 30, 2014 (Winter and Spring 2014 quarters)

June 20, 2014

July 4, 2014 

March 31 through June 29, 2014 (Spring and Summer 2014 quarters)

September 5, 2014

September 19, 2014

*Note that individual modules must be completed within eight weeks of the date of first log-in according to the Terms and Conditions.

 

GRADING OF AIM4EXCELLENCE COLLEGE COURSE THROUGH NLU

Each Aim4Excellence module includes a variety of evidence of learning activities that total 100 points. In order to receive a Certificate of Completion for a module you must attain a score of 70 points or higher. Students taking the Aim4Excellence modules for credit at National Louis University will receive a course grade as an average of the three modules included in the course. Grades will be assigned according to the following grading scale:

Grade

Points Earned

A

270-300 points

B

240-269 points

C

210-239 points

D

180-209 points

F

0-179 points

 

VIEWING YOUR GRADE AND REQUESTING TRANSCRIPTS

Students enrolled for college credit at National Louis University will receive an email once a grade is posted for an Aim4Excellence course. After completing the course, you will need to log on to the National Louis University Portal in order to view your grade.

If you are having difficulty accessing your grade, you may contact the NLU helpdesk at: 800.443.5522 x4357 for assistance.

Once your grades have been posted, you may request a transcript of your coursework online by visiting the National Louis University Office of Admissions and Records.

Learn more about accessing grades and transcripts.

 

DROPPING A NLU AIM4EXCELLENCE COURSE

A student may request a full refund for the tuition fees ($330 per module) for college credit through National Louis University. If you need to drop a course, you must do so in writing prior to the completion of the first module of the course and within 7 days of the date of first log in.

Registration fees ($175 per module ) will not be refunded for modules already started. You may request in writing a refund of 50% of the module registration fee, as described in the Terms and Conditions, for modules not yet started.

 

ADDITIONAL TERMS

All students enrolled in Aim4Excellence are subject to the Terms and Conditions of the program. Students registered to take the modules for credit through National Louis University are subject to the policies described in the NLU Student Guidebook.

Sample National Louis University Courses Approved for Aim4Excellence Renewal

Below is a list of courses available through National Louis University that meet the coursework requirements for renewal. Note that this list may not reflect all available courses that meet the renewal requirement nor are these courses guaranteed to be offered in the current term.

View current course schedule.
Register for NLU courses.

 

TAKING CHARGE OF CHANGE™

Leading an organization through change that drives quality improvement is a complex job. This leadership development program presented by the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership will empower and inspire you to embrace the change process. Explore topics that will help you strengthen your leadership style. Learn how to promote peak performance, enhance shared decision making, and build a strong organizational climate. Both noncredit and credit options are approved to meet the Aim4Excellence National Director Credential renewal. Learn more.

Program Administration Scale (PAS) or Business Administration Scale for Family Child Care (BAS) Reliability Training

These multi-day trainings are intended for those whose goal is research, evaluation, or monitoring quality on the PAS or BAS. Organizational assessments used for quality rating systems, program evaluations, or pre/post intervention studies depend on valid and reliable data collection methodologies. The trainings provide an in-depth analysis of the items and quality indicators and are designed for individuals who want to ensure that PAS or BAS assessments are valid, reliable, and administered consistently across programs. Both noncredit and credit options are approved to meet the Aim4Excellence National Director Credential renewal. Learn more.

 

UNDERGRADUATE-LEVEL COURSES


MGT 101 | Introduction to Business

Studies the forms of business organization, microeconomic topics, business and society, management, and decision making. 4 quarter hours.


MGT 487 | Leadership in Organizations

This course provides a foundation in leadership. It is an overview or survey of leadership; areas to be addressed include skills, traits, and contingency approaches along with newer constructs that are currently generating interest within organizations today. Authentic leadership, shared leadership, and emotional intelligence are some of the current topics to be covered. Prerequisite(s): Junior standing and minimum of two management courses or consent of the CMB Admission Team. This course can be taken as part of the concentration in Leadership or independent of the concentration |5 quarter hours


ECE 326 | Administration of Early Childhood Programs

This course provides an overview of the knowledge and skills necessary to develop and administer an early care and education facility. This course explores management and leadership skills, program and facility development including: licensing, organizational structure, policy development, finances, personnel, families, marketing, program evaluation and other related topics. Students examine different styles of management and identify the methods and strategies that contribute to effective management. The course covers management tasks including program planning, people management, program evaluation, management of supplies and equipment, development, and managing and monitoring financial resources. Prerequisite(s): Junior standing or permission of advisor | 5 quarter hours


ECE 335 | Best Business Practices in Family Child Care

In this course, students will examine the development of a high-quality family child care enterprise, utilizing best business practices and successful marketing strategies. Students will have an opportunity to develop a family child care business plan and mission statement, cultivate advocacy skills, explore techniques on creating a professional image, and learn about national family child care accreditation. Prerequisite(s): none | 3 quarter hours

 

GRADUATE-LEVEL COURSES

 

ECE 515 | Financial and Legal Aspects of Early Child Care Management

This course examines the financial and legal issues pertinent to establishing and operating child and family service programs. Emphasis is given to the development of sound fiscal policy that adequately addresses the issues of quality, compensation, and affordability. The course includes a survey of laws and regulations pertaining to licensing, insurance, children’s records, affirmative action and employment provisions, inclusion of special needs children, parental rights, child abuse, and custody. Students will also analyze the legal requirements and tax provisions that relate to the operation of programs with differing legal status (e.g., sole proprietorship, partnership, or a not-for-profit corporation.) Prerequisite(s): none | 3 semester hours


EPS 526 | Organizational Theory and Group Dynamics and Leadership Applications

Using Systems Theory as an integrating paradigm, this course is designed to deepen students’ awareness of how they affect and are affected by others in different group situations. Personal assessment is continuous throughout the course as students examine different ways of working effectively in groups as both leader and group member. Topics include an analysis of leadership style, cross-cultural communication, and an assessment of organizational climate in the context of early childhood programs. Opportunities are provided for students to apply the concepts of organizational theory, group dynamics, and models of leadership in their respective educational settings. Prerequisite(s): None | 3 Semester Hours


ECE 540 | Grant Writing and Fundraising for Early Childhood Programs

This course will examine grants writing and fundraising as an integral part of an organization’s strategic plan. Participants will develop short-range and long-range fundraising goals as they relate to program mission and philosophy. Topics included will be potential revenue sources and effective fundraising strategies for early childhood programs. Students will learn the components of an effective grant proposal and the reasons why many proposals fail to get funded. Field experiences will provide an opportunity for students will gain proficiency in conducting a fundraising event or writing a grant proposal for their early childhood program. Prerequisite(s): none | 1-2 semester hours


ECE 542 | Public Relations and Marketing of Early Childhood Programs

This course introduces the fundamentals of effective marketing, the strategic marketing process, strategic marketing planning, and the components of an organization’s marketing program. The importance of promoting and maintaining a positive public image to parents, supporters, and prospective donors will be stressed. Included will be strategies for writing effective promotional literature, handbooks, newsletters, and press releases. Field experiences will provide an opportunity for students to develop a strategic marketing plan for their early childhood center. Prerequisite(s): none | 1-2 semester hours


ECE 538 | The Early Childhood Administrator: Individual and Organizational Perspectives

This course will examine key issues in adult development and job socialization as they relate to the early childhood practitioner within the context of his/her workplace or other professional settings. Life-span and life-course literature from the fields of psychology, sociology, and anthropology will provide the theoretical framework. Topics covered will include personal dispositions and temperament, leadership practices, ethics and moral development, role perceptions, crisis and transition, autonomy vs. inclusion, and the changing nature of relationships over the life-span. Prerequisite(s): None | 2 Semester Hours


ECE 525 | Strategies for Supervision and Staff Development

This course focuses on the human relations side of administering early childhood programs. It analyzes the objectives and functions of supervision and presents guidelines for recruiting, hiring, orienting, supervising and evaluating a diverse staff. Students will examine different conceptual models for understanding job satisfaction and the career stages through which practitioners progress and explore various individual and organizational strategies for promoting optimal performance. The use of technology and media in supervision and staff development is also included. Opportunities for students to apply models of supervision and staff development in their respective educational settings are provided. Prerequisite(s): None | 3 Semester Hours

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