Online National Director Credential Program

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. Southwest Human Development offers a facilitated cohort model of the Aim4Excellence program with director mentor support.


The Aim4Excellence online national director credential is recognized by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and administered by the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership at National Louis University.


The coursework includes nine modules that cover the essentials of early childhood program administration and can be taken for undergraduate and graduate college credit. Each module takes approximately 16 hours to complete and is equivalent to one semester hour of college credit.


  • Leading the Way
  • Recruiting, Selecting, and Orientating Staff
  • Promoting Peak Performance
  • Managing Program Operations
  • Building a Sound Business Strategy
  • Planning Indoor and Outdoor Environments
  • Supporting Children’s Development and Learning
  • Creating Partnerships with Families
  • Evaluating Program Quality


In addition to the online modules developed by national experts, participants will meet as a cohort 10 times over the course of 11 months with a facilitator who will review concepts of the modules and help participants gain support from their cohort as they complete the credential. In addition to their monthly facilitated cohort meeting, participants meet face-to-face each month with their assigned mentor to reflect on theory and discuss practical application at their schools and centers.


To apply or receive more information about the Aim4Excellence online national director credential, please contact Mary Jamsa at (602) 633-8801 or

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