Research and Standards

Is the content of Aim4Excellence backed by research?

Yes. Aim4Excellence was developed in response to research consistently showing that directors’ effectiveness is directly related to their own level of formal education and specialized training in leadership and management. Five content specialists (all Ph.D.s with expertise in early childhood administration) wrote the content for the nine modules based on principles of instructional practice and the unique needs of this segment of adult learners. View references and read more about research supporting Aim4Excellence.


How does Aim4Excellence align with national standards?

Outcomes and assessments for Aim4Excellence are aligned with both the standards for initial licensure and advanced degree programs in early childhood teacher preparation. The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) collaborated to establish joint standards that are used across both organizations’ accreditation systems and across associate, baccalaureate, and graduate degree level. View a matrix of NCATE/NAEYC Standards and Aim4Excellence. Aim4Excellence also aligns with the Program Administration Scale (PAS). NAEYC recognizes Aim4Excellence as an alternative pathway for meeting part of the director qualifications for NAEYC program accreditation.


How does Aim4Excellence align with the Program Administration Scale (PAS)?

Drs. Paula Jorde Bloom and Teri Talan, authors of the PAS, were integral in the development of Aim4Excellence. Throughout the Aim4Excellence modules participants learn about and apply the best practices addressed in the PAS. View a matrix of the PAS items covered in Aim4Excellence.

Additionally, during Module 9: Evaluating Program Quality participants learn about the different administrative areas covered on the PAS and practice scoring items.