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.

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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.



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




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