October 30, 2018

Aim4Excellence Evaluation Report

by McCormick Center


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The McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership at National Louis University conducted a three-year evaluation of its Aim4Excellence™ National Director Credential program, from 2014 through 2017. Aim4Excellence is an engaging and interactive online professional learning experience that focuses on the core leadership and management competencies that early childhood leaders need.

Findings from a robust study of 1,372 early childhood directors, administrators, teachers, and family child care professionals suggest that participants demonstrated significant growth in their understanding of leadership principles and changed their administrative practice over time. Participant satisfaction was very high and motivation for learning contributed to remarkably high completion rates. The study provides substantial evidence of the efficacy of the Aim4Excellence program through learning outcomes and change in administrative practice over time.