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 professional, continuing, and online (PCO) 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. See below for courses and events that are now open for registration. 

PCO Professional Certificate

Our flagship program will help build your expertise and advance your career in Professional, Continuing, and Online Education.

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PCO Leader Certificate


Explore higher education leadership by focusing on how to manage people, data, and ideas with the PCO Leader courses.

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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

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Academic Strategic Planning in a Constantly Changing Environment

Faculty Member: Dr. Vickie Cook 

What are the processes for identifying opportunities, developing evidence, determining goals, defining key milestones, establishing accountability, and measuring outcomes? How do you engage others in these processes? This course explores how strategy combines analysis and action.  Learning, planning, implementing, and reassessing permeate all levels of professional, continuing, and online education -- more so than perhaps any other area of higher education. 

Next Offering: 05/31/2022

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Forecasting, Budgeting, and Managing Money in an Environment of Uncertainty and Risk

Faculty Member: Dr. Gary Matkin

How do those in professional, continuing, and online education analyze opportunities, project revenue and expenses, identify prudent ways to manage resources, monitor cash flow, and mitigate financial disaster?  How do you measure success and respond to failure, reallocate resources, and determine new investment opportunities?  Those in PCO often operate as a stand-alone business --  by relying on revenue to support operating costs, and depending on forecasting, cash flow, and  agile pivoting to new strategies. 

Next Offering: 05/31/2022

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The Nature of American Higher Education

Faculty Member: Dr. Jay Halfond

What makes higher education so important in the United States? Why are universities often such a mystery and controversy in our society? What are the key roles and power structure in the university? What are the realities, issues, and future prospects colleges and universities face? This course provides a foundation for those pursuing careers in academic administration -- and an opportunity for experienced professionals to appreciate the context and breadth of institutions beyond their personal and professional experience. This course is free for UPCEA members who are first-time UPCEA professional development course participants. 

Next Offering: 07/11/2022

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Understanding the Adult Learner and Other PCO Constituencies in Professional, Continuing, and Online Education 

Faculty Member: Barbara Hanniford 

Who are the constituents and stakeholders that compose the ecosystem of Professional, Continuing, and Online 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: 08/22/2022

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