A4LE Academy

Advanced Certificate Cohort 11-B is Now Open!

Enrollment is Limited!

Created by industry experts, this dynamic and rigorous six course online program offers an exciting opportunity for learners to acquire a profound understanding of the principles behind designing, constructing, and managing efficient, effective learning environments. Expert faculty members include practicing educational facility planners, architects, and educators who understand the relationship between the learning environment and all pertinent stakeholders.

High Quality Program
Created by Industry Experts
Internationally Recognized Facility
Connect with Key Stakeholders

Students can access the Learning Management System (Canvas) at their convenience. Weekly assignments and discussion boards are required, and participants spend approximately 10-15 hours a week on assigned materials. Each course culminates in a signature project that demonstrates application and analysis of the core competencies. Students must successfully complete all six courses with at an 80% average or higher in order to receive the Advanced Certificate in Learning Environment Planning as well as the ALEP designation.

Join us and learn from the best!


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Core Competencies of the ALEP

Core Competencies of the ALEP

To learn more about the competencies and the knowledge, skills, and traits, click here.

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
Director of Education
VS America
“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 »

David Proffitt David R Proffitt, AIA, ALEP
Executive Director Facilities, Maintenance, and Construction
Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools
“This is the finest comprehensive set of courses in overall K-12 design methodology and pedagogy. I’ve been in the educational realm of architecture for more years than I can count. This course was eye opening for several reasons. One it brought out learning pedagogy’s I never would have understood or had a real desire to seek out.” 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 11: August 2024 – June 2025

Schedule Subject to Change
Course Instructor Dates
Course 1: Learning Theories: Frameworks for School Design Susanne Maguire, ALEP August 5 – September 15, 2024
Course 2: Educational Visioning and Community Engagement
1 week off for conference
Jenna Norton, ALEP September 23 – November 17, 2024
*October15-19 Off: LearningSCAPES 2024
Course 3: Educational Facility Pre-Design Planning
10 Days for Winter Break (at the end of December)
Tracy Richter, ALEP December 2, 2024 – February 2, 2025
*December 23, 2024 – January 5, 2025 off
Course 4: Assessment of the Learning Environment Michael Chewning, ALEP February 10 – March 23, 2025
Course 5: High-Performance School Design Brandon McLaughlin, ALEP March 31 – May 11, 2025
Course 6: Project Management / Project Delivery Roy Sprague, ALEP May 19 – June 29, 2025


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


Registration Fees

  • Members: $6,000 paid in full by August 1, 2024
  • Members if paid in 2 installments:
    • August 1, 2024: $3,200
    • January 1, 2025: $3,200

  • Non-Members: $7,500 paid in full by August 1, 2024
  • Non-Members if paid in 2 installments:
    • August 1, 2024: $3,950
    • January 1, 2025: $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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