The Advanced Academy

Advance your career with our ONLINE ACADEMY!

Enrollment is Limited!

This intense, high quality program consists of SIX, 6-week online courses created by industry experts. The comprehensive program of study is grounded in the key knowledge and skills central to the sound planning, building and maintaining of learner-centered environments.

The entire program of study centers on the student, beginning with a course about educational theory and pedagogy. Each of the remaining courses addresses one component of a successful planning process resulting in learner-centered schools. Each course is also tied to the Core Competencies of the Accredited Learning Environments Planner (ALEP).

Students can access the online program 24/7 and nothing is delivered in real-time. Weekly assignments and discussion boards are required. Participants will spend approximately 9-12 hours per week on the course. There are group projects with other students in the program, intended to simulate the real-life process of a capital project. Each module culminates in a signature project that demonstrates the students knowledge and skills developed during the 6 weeks. Graduates of the Advance Academy program who complete all 6 modules with at least an 80% are eligible for the ALEP designation.

Advanced Academy Student Testimonials

Christie Boron Christie Boron, ALEP, RA, NCARB, LEED AP
emersion DESIGN LLC
What became eye-opening for me was understanding educational theories and diverse pedagogical practices and using those as a lens to evaluate design strategies that would be most impactful for current and next generation students. Read more »

Jill Ackers Jill Ackers | ALEP | MA L&P
Principal Learning Designer
Fielding International
This program forever changed my work because of the relationships, friendships, and professional development I received in each individual course. It has enabled me to see how school buildings can embody contemporary educational curriculum and function as a social, cultural, and regenerative resource for the broader community. Read more »

Kristina Quintanilla Kristina Quintanilla, Assoc. AIA
Director of Studio Strategies
Community Little
I entered the program as neither an educator or an architect but rather someone who has spent the better part of her professional and personal life at the intersection of both. Professionally, I have spent nearly two decades specializing in the marketing and business development of educational design. Personally, I was raised by an architect and an educator. With that context in mind, I entered the program not entirely sure what to expect, but the benefits and value I have received from going through the Advanced Academy and now as an ALEP, are nothing but extraordinary. Read more »

Our 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, and educators who understand the relationship between the learning environment and teaching and learning.

Course and Program Schedule

To view syllabus, please click on the name of each course.

Cohort 10: August 2023 – June 2024

Schedule Subject to Change
Course Instructor Dates
Course 1: Learning Theories: Frameworks for School Design Sandra Duncan, EdD August 7 – September 17, 2023
Course 2: Educational Visioning and Community Engagement
1 week off for conference
Page Dettmann, ALEP, PhD September 25 – November 19, 2023
*October 9-15th off: LearningSCAPES 2023
Course 3: Educational Facility Pre-Design Planning
10 Days for Winter Break (at the end of December)
Amy Yurko November 27 – January 21, 2024
*December 24 – January 1, 2024 off
Course 4: Assessment of the Learning Environment Rob Pillar, ALEP January 29 – March 10, 2024
Course 5: High-Performance School Design Aaron Jobson, ALEP March 18 – May 5, 2024
Course 6: Project Management / Project Delivery Irene Nigaglioni, ALEP May 13 – June 30, 2024


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

Registration for Cohort 10 is closed.

Registration Fees

  • Members: $6,000 paid in full by August 1, 2023
  • Members if paid in 2 installments:
    • August 1, 2023: $3,200
    • January 1, 2024: $3,200

  • Non-Members: $7,500 paid in full by August 1, 2023
  • Non-Members if paid in 2 installments:
    • August 1, 2023: $3,950
    • January 1, 2024: $3,950

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.

Please contact Stephanie Stewart at [email protected] for questions.
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