Distinguish Yourself As An Expert in Educational Facilities

Become an Accredited Learning Environment Planner with our ONLINE ACADEMY!

Enrollment is Limited!

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.




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.

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Course Schedule

Schedule update for 5th cohort: To view syllabus, please click on the name of each module.

Course Instructors Delivery
Module 1: Designing School to Support Diverse Learning Needs
Susan Rundle | Bio
8/13 – 9/23/18
Module 2: Assessment of the School Facility1 week off for LearningSCAPES conference, November 1-4 TBD 10/1 – 11/18/18
Module 3: Educational Facility Community Engagement and Master Planning
2 weeks off for holiday (at the end of December)
Robert Hendriks 11/26/18 – 1/13/19
Module 4: Educational Facility Pre-Design Planning
Sue Robertson | Bio
1/21 – 3/3/19
Module 5: The Educational Facility Architectural Design Process Sandy Kate 3/18 – 4/28/19
Module 6: Project Management/Project Delivery
Irene Nigaglioni | Bio
5/6 – 6/6/19

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, a state education department official and two internationally recognized experts in learning styles theory.

The program is comprehensive and spans from August to June with SIX, 6-week modules that address teaching, learning, planning, design, project management and assessment. Students can access the online program 24/7 and nothing is delivered in real-time. Weekly assignments and discussion boards are required. Past participants spend approximately 6-10 hours a week on the course. There are some group projects with other students in the program. Each module culminates in a signature project that demonstrates the knowledge and skills developed during the 6 weeks.

Graduates of the program who complete all 6 modules with at least an 80% are eligible for the ALEP designation.

Fees & Enrollment

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

To enroll for the 5th cohort and to reserve your seat in the program, please follow the instructions:
  1. Log into your A4LE account or create one. Click here to log in or to create an account.
  2. Select your name at the top of the web page to access your profile.
  3. Select the Certification Tab within your profile.
  4. Enroll in the Advanced Academy ALEP Pathway.
  5. Click on the Advanced Academy hot link under the Registration to Complete the Advanced Academy heading.
  6. Click on the Register button.
  7. Choose your payment plan and proceed to checkout.


  • Members: $4,900 paid in full by August 1, 2018
  • Members if paid in 2 installments:
    • August 1, 2018: $2,600
    • January 1, 2019: $2,600

  • Non-Members: $5,300 paid in full by August 1, 2018
  • Non-Members if paid in 2 installments:
    • August 1, 2018: $2,800
    • January 1, 2019: $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.

Please contact Janell Weihs at 480.391.0840 or by email at janell@a4le.org