Knowledge Center

Distinguish Yourself As An

Expert in Educational Facilities


Become an Accredited Learning Environment Planner



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.




Course and Program 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 – 9/23/2018
Module 2: Assessment of the School Facility 1 week off for LearningSCAPES, Nov 1-4
Allen Abend, RA | Bio
10/1 – 11/18/2018
Module 3: Educational Facility Community Engagement and Master Planning2 weeks off for holiday (at the end of Dec.) Robert Hendriks 11/26/2018 – 1/13/2019
Module 4: Educational Facility Pre-Design Planning
Sue Robertson | Bio
1/21 – 3/3/2019
Module 5: The Educational Facility Architectural Design Process Sandy Kate 3/18 – 4/28/2019
Module 6: Project Management / Project Delivery
Irene Nigaglioni | Bio
5/6 – 6/6/2019

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 & Registration

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

Registration for the 5th cohort is open.

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  • 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
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