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What is Aim4Excellence™?

Aim4Excellence is an online national director credential for early childhood administrators. The credential focuses on the essential knowledge and skills you need to deliver high-quality programming for young children.  You can connect to Aim4Excellence anytime from anywhere you have Internet access.

How does it work?

Aim4Excellence includes nine self-paced modules. Take all nine modules to earn your Aim4Excellence national director credential or take only one or a few to build  competence  in a specific management area. Modules can be taken for credit or noncredit.

You’ll access everything you need from the convenience of your computer.  Aim4Excellence is delivered through a unique online delivery model that’s simple enough for a beginner computer user to navigate. 

What Aim4Excellence™ can do for you?

Aim4Excellence is designed to help you better manage the many tasks you juggle everyday as an early childhood director. The content is specific to your work and designed around your unique needs as a busy adult learner.

The National Association for the Education of Young Children recognizes Aim4Excellence as an alternative pathway for meeting part of the director qualifications for NAEYC program accreditation. Learn more about NAEYC's Alternative Pathways to Achieve Educational Qualifications of a Program Administrator.

What’s required?

To get started you first need to register.  Both individuals and groups can register online with a credit card or purchase order.  

After registering you’ll receive a username and password to log in. You’ll then complete each module at your own pace. The modules include a series of built-in evidence of learning (EOL) pieces designed to help you apply the concepts presented to your own situation. You’ll submit these EOLs with a mouse click right from your computer screen. Each module takes approximately 16 hours to complete.

Aim4Excellence and Career Development Systems

The McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership has worked closely with a number of professional development systems to identify Aim4Excellence'’s fit with current options for early childhood professionals. 

Print a list of Aim4Excellence links or click below to find out how Aim4Excellence applies to your state's career development system. See if scholarship opportunities are available in your state.

Note: The McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership is working to build partnerships with state agencies, professional organizations, institutions of higher education, and independent agencies in making the credential available to early childhood directors across the country. This page will be updated as new partners are identified. Involve my organization.


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