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This intense, high quality program consists of six, 6-week online courses created by industry experts and is delivered through San Diego State University’s Interwork Institute Center for Distance Learning (IL-CDL). The comprehensive program of study is grounded in the key knowledge and skills central to the sound planning, building and maintaining of learner-centered school facilities. Based on chapters of Creating Connections: The CEFPI Guide for Educational Facility Planning, each course addresses one phase of the capital project, while the complete program emphasizes a collaborative process that engages all stakeholders. The primary text is supplemented with relevant materials collected and developed by the expert instructors.

Formerly known as The Advanced Certificate in Educational Facility Planning and managed by San Diego State University, A4LE has assumed responsibility of the program and revised the courses.  Dr. Cynthia Uline, Director of The National Center for the 21st Century Schoolhouse emphasizes that the program will continue to introduce students to a learner-centered approach to school facility planning, provoking thought and prompting educational leaders, planners, designers and construction managers to give careful consideration to the educational, developmental, psychological and social needs of learners.

With over $10 billion US of capital construction experience, instructors bring a wealth of knowledge from around the globe. Collectively they have worked in all 50 states and in over 35 countries to plan, design, build, and maintain learner-centered educational facilities. They will give you the practical knowledge and skills central to creating healthy, safe, and high-performing school facilities that serve the needs of the students, staff and community.

The Courses

The entire program of study centers on the student, beginning with a course on learner needs and styles. Each of the remaining courses addresses one component of a successful planning process that results in learner-centered schools. The program curriculum draws from Creating Connections: The CEFPI Guide for Educational Facility Planning (2004), as well as supplemental materials recommended by the expert faculty member developing the course and serving as instructor of the pilot modules. Instructors were recruited according to their particular areas of expertise, drawing upon a wide range of professional perspectives and experiences and ensuring specialized content knowledge for each course. A performance-based project will link each course to the larger Certificate Program curriculum. These projects will comprise the certificate program candidate's portfolio.

Designing Schools to Support Diverse Learning Styles Needs

Today, hundreds of studies have documented that learning-style-responsive environments statistically increase student achievement. As a result, this course focuses on the importance of linking school design and differentiated instruction within the classroom. Students will gain critical insight that will expand their sphere of knowledge about quality facilities, quality education, and increasing student achievement.

REQUIRED TEXTS:

Honigsfeld, A., & Cohan, A. (Eds.). (2010). Breaking the mold of school instruction and organization: Innovative and successful practices for the 21st century. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield. May be purchased through www.amazon.com or www.barnesandnoble.com.

Myers, N. & Robertson, S. (2004). Creating Connections: The CEFPI Guide for Educational Facility Planning. Phoenix, AZ: The Council of Educational Facility Planners, Intl. To purchase, click link above (Purchase price approximately $99 for members)

Community Engagement and Master Planning

This course explores the importance of creating a broad base of support for schools and looks at methods of community participation. Focusing on community engagement and partnerships this course will explore how educational specifications and master planning can contribute to the success of school projects. Issues of demographics, transportation, and school financing will also be discussed.

REQUIRED TEXTS:

Myers, N. & Robertson, S. (2004). Creating Connections: The CEFPI Guide for Educational Facility Planning. Phoenix, AZ: The Council of Educational Facility Planners, Intl.

Educational Facility Pre-Design Planning

This course explores the components of pre-design planning, effective processes for deriving essential information, strategies for documenting appropriate detail, and reinforces the necessity for creating connections in planning and design of school facilities.

REQUIRED TEXT:

Myers, N. & Robertson, S. (2004). Creating Connections: The CEFPI Guide for Educational Facility Planning. Phoenix, AZ: The Council of Educational Facility Planners, Intl.

The Educational Facility Architectural Design Process

The course is designed to introduce certificate candidates to the architectural/engineering design process, including who is involved, how they are involved, when, and why and the intended outcomes of the process.

REQUIRED TEXT:

Demkin, Joseph A. The Architect's Handbook of Professional Practice

Educational Facility Implementation: Project Management, Project Delivery, Finance, Procurement, and Post-Occupancy

Candidates will learn the basics of overall capital project management from initial conception through planning, design, construction, and post-occupancy phases. The course will expose students to different project delivery models and will enable the students to understand the basics as well as the pros and cons of different models. Students will review the overall management of capital projects from initial conception through planning, design, construction and post-occupancy phases, and understand the role of all stakeholders in each phase.

REQUIRED TEXT:

Myers, N. & Robertson, S. (2004). Creating Connections: The CEFPI Guide for Educational Facility Planning. Phoenix, AZ: The Council of Educational Facility Planners, Intl.

Assessment of the School Facility

This course will introduce certificate candidates to the purpose and methods of facility life cycle assessments, indicators of building quality, building assessment instruments, building maintenance program as an assessment tool, and procedures and policies for institutionalizing assessment.

REQUIRED TEXTS:

Myers, N. & Robertson, S. (2004). Creating Connections: The CEFPI Guide for Educational Facility Planning. Phoenix, AZ: The Council of Educational Facility Planners, Intl.

An Appraisal Guide for Older & Historic School Facilities, Appraisal Criteria, pages 13-29 and 37-50, CEFPI (2005). To purchase, click link above (Purchase price approximately $35 for members)

Lead Change – Successfully 3rd Edition, Harvard Business Review, Article collection, Oct. 2005, 49 pages. (Purchase downloadable version through amazon.com for $17.95.)

Expert Faculty

Six nationally and internationally recognized experts have been recruited to lead this rigorous and engaging course of study. All course content is intentionally designed and delivered by practitioners, thus ensuring its relevance to the day-to-day work. Expert faculty members include practicing educational facility planners, practicing architects, a state education department official and two internationally recognized experts in learning styles theory. Meg Parsons, principal at Cuningham Group and instructor of the Community Engagement and Master Planning course, addressed the generative nature of the program curriculum, “This series of courses is a unique opportunity for professionals to reflect on what they do and how they do it. By sharing not only class materials, but also our experiences and viewpoints, we have the opportunity to learn from each other.”

Connecting key stakeholders involved in the educational facility enterprise, this fully online program focuses squarely on the student, beginning with a course on learner needs and styles and culminating in a course on life cycle facility assessment.

Instructors

Allen Abend, R.A. | Bio
Ronald Fanning, AIA, PE, ALEP, NCEE, NCARB (Instructor Emeritus) | Bio
Robert J. Hendriks III, APR, ALEP | Bio
Sandy Kate, LEED AP, REFP | Bio
Irene Nigaglioni, AIA, ALEP | Bio
Donald Pender, AIA, REFP, LEED AP BD+C | Bio
Sue Robertson, ALEP | Bio
Susan Rundle | Bio

Schedule of Fourth Cohort

Course Instructions Delivery
Module 1: Designing School to Support Diverse Learning Needs Susan Rundle 8/17 – 9/17
Module 2: Assessment of the School Facility 1 week off for conference Allen Abend, RA 10/17 – 11/17
Module 3: Educational Facility Community Engagement and Master Planning – 2 weeks off for holiday (at the end of Dec.) Robert Hendriks 11/17 – 1/18
Module 4: Educational Facility Pre-Design Planning Sue Robertson 2/18 – 3/18
Module 5: The Educational Facility Architectural Design Process Sandy Kate
Donald Pender
3/18 – 5/18
Module 6: Project Management/Project Delivery Irene Nigaglioni 5/18 – 6/18

Fees & Registration

Registration is limited to the first 30 registrants. Payment is required to reserve your spot.

Click here to register online. If you would like to express interest in the third cohort please contact Janell Weihs.

  • Members: $4,900 paid in full by August 1, 2017
  • Members if paid in 2 installments:
    • August 1, 2017: $2,600
    • January 1, 2018: $2,600

  • Non Members: $5,300 paid in full by August 1, 2017
  • Non Members if paid in 2 installments:
    • August 1, 2017: $2,800
    • January 1, 2018: $2,800

Refund Policy for Full Payment:
Full refund minus 10% if withdraw is within the first 4 weeks of the program.
70% refund if withdraw is within the first 10 weeks of the program.
50% refund if withdraw is within in the first 14 weeks of the program.
NO refund after 14 weeks of participating in the program.

Refund Policy Payment Plan 2 Installments:
Full refund minus $250 process fee if withdraw is within the first 3 weeks of the program.
NO refund after 3 weeks of participating in the program.

If you have questions or require assistance please contact Janell Weihs at 480.391.0840 or by email at janell@a4le.org.