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Open Enrollment for the Online Advanced Certificate Program in Educational Facility Planning

SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA, USA—The Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI) and San Diego State University (SDSU) are currently accepting applications for the Online Advanced Certificate Program in Educational Facility Planning (Beginning December 1, 2008 through June 1, 2009). CEFPI and SDSU have uniquely collaborated to develop and deliver a course of study that seeks to improve the places children learn. By preparing school leaders and educational facility professionals, we improve teaching and learning and promote safe and healthy learning environments. Twenty-five students will be accepted into this graduate level program; courses begin August 2009.

Sourced from the Council’s cornerstone publication, Creating Connections: The CEFPI Guide for Educational Facility Planning and developed by recognized industry experts, the advanced certificate program is one of the most comprehensive programs available for understanding the key concepts of planning, designing, building, and maintaining schools. Accessed electronically, this high quality program positively impacts students teachers, and communities world-wide as educators and educational facility professionals prepare themselves to design and construct school facilities that are healthy, sustainable, high-performing, and learner-centered. Currently, certificate program students represent 25 states, Canada, Australia, and Peru.

“The science of educational building design and specifications, coupled with the art of teaching within proper instructional environments are explored in macro and micro levels. This program has proven validity in my daily professional responsibilities and the knowledge, skills, and networking have proven invaluable. I can truly state that the program offerings provide an international awareness rich in content and practice that is outstanding” claims Mr. Jeffrey Platenberg; assistant superintendent for Loudoun County School District in Virginia who has recently completed the program.

Ron Strussion is currently enrolled in the program. “Being a Business Manager, not a design professional, put me at a disadvantage when dealing with the architects. This course has provided me the language and thought process to take me through the design process in a step by step progression from community engagement to design documents. Each course terminates with a major project that I can add to my portfolio of professional development. Each course is challenging and sometimes I don’t know if I can make it through but the Instructors are great and very helpful and encouraging.”

“It is imperative that as professionals we realize it is our responsibility to design environments that foster teacher / student achievement and success. With this dedication we have the potential to change the future of education and the environment for the better” adds Bradley Kiehl, AIA, LEED AP.

For more information regarding the courses, schedule, instructors, and fees, please visit:

The Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI) is the only professional organization whose principal purpose is improving the places where children learn. CEFPI embraces a diverse group of professionals with one single goal – building healthy, safe, high performance and sustainable learning environments that enhance student and teacher performance and support culture and community vitality. To learn more, visit

San Diego State University has been named the number one small research university in the nation. With nearly 33,000 students and 6, 400 faculty and staff, San Diego State University (SDSU), is one of the largest universities in the western United States. Established in mid-2000, San Diego State’s National Center for the Twenty-first Century Schoolhouse supports the planning, design, and redesign of school facilities from a learner-centered perspective through communication, research, and training. To learn more visit

December 29th, 2008

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