Leaders in Online and Professional Continuing Education

Get the essential skills and knowledge you need and earn a recognizable credential from the leading association for online and professional continuing education - UPCEA! Bringing you the leading experts with real-world experience in the field, these programs offer high-value, relevant content and actionable takeaways for practitioners at all levels. Engage with peers from across the field in a virtual classroom to strengthen understanding, breadth of knowledge, and skills. A badge will be awarded upon successful completion of each course. See below for courses and events that are now open for registration. 

UPCEA PCO Professional Certificate

Build your expertise and advance your career in Online and Professional Continuing Education with the UPCEA PCO Professional Certificate. Great price!

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UPCEA PCO Leader Certificate

Explore online and professional education leadership. The UPCEA PCO Leader courses focus on managing people, data, and ideas.

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Course Catalog



Explore all of UPCEA's Online Professional Development Courses and choose the one(s) that best meet your needs for advancement. 

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Upcoming Professional Development Courses

UPCEA's online professional development courses can be taken individually and in any order. Courses are primarily asynchronous and online, and include a weekly live virtual classroom meeting hosted in Zoom. Courses count towards the UPCEA Professional, Continuing, and Online Education Professional (PCO Pro) Certificate. Complete five UPCEA courses within two years and earn your UPCEA PCO Professional Certificate! Learn more.


Designing Equitable and Inclusive Programs, Pathways, and Partnerships

Faculty Member: Angie Kamath, Dean at NYU School of Professional Studies

This course will explore pragmatic approaches to the opportunities and considerations for online and professional continuing education units in developing and implementing programming, specifically focused on meeting the diversity, equity and inclusion goals of their institutions and communities. We will take a comparative and national perspective on underserved populations and ways their higher education needs can be addressed.  

Next Offering: 06/24/2024
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Understanding the Adult Learner and Other Constituencies in Online and Professional Continuing Education

Faculty Member: Andy Atzert, Dean of College of Professional and Continuing Studies, Adelphi University

Who are the constituents and stakeholders that compose the ecosystem of online and professional continuing education? What are the unique characteristics and educational needs of adult learners? How do the characteristics of the student market determine how programs are designed and delivered? This course examines prospective student markets and how to address their educational needs. This course also examines the roles of employers, communities, and government agencies in creating educational opportunities. 

Next Offering: 07/29/2024
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Credentials Beyond Degrees – The Role of Online and Professional Continuing Educators in Credential Innovation

Faculty Member: Stacy Chiaramonte, Senior Vice President, Strategy and Operations for UPCEA Research and Consulting, UPCEA

This course delves into the role online and professional education units play in alternative credentials, from evaluating program opportunities to the design, implementation, quality assurance, and administration of these credentials. How should non-degree credentials be created and run with integrity, clarity in the market, and compatibility within the traditional aspects of the university? This pragmatic course will explore opportunities and obstacles in developing and delivering alternative credentials.  

Next Offering: 07/31/2024
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