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. NEW bundled price! 

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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

Understanding the Adult Learner and Other PCO Constituencies

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: 8/22/2022

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Creating and Motivating PCO Enterprises

Faculty Member: Nancy Coleman, Ed.D.

What is the best way to organize the human resources of a professional, continuing and online (PCO) education unit? That’s a good question (without just one answer), that will be explored in this interactive 4 week course. Hiring, organizing and managing both administrative and faculty talent is one of the critical factors of success in continuing education. What are some of the various overall structures employed in designing a PCO unit, and their pros/cons? How are teams assembled to design and launch new programs? How do you integrate and work with those elsewhere in the university and outside (vendors)? How can you maintain high performing operations that balance continuous improvement and innovation? 

Next Offering: 8/22/2022

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Overview of Professional, Continuing, and Online Education

Faculty Member: Dr. David Schejbal

What are the various ways universities organize and empower their units for professional, continuing, and online education? What are some unique features and approaches within these entities, particularly in how they address the educational needs of adult learners? This course provides a broad understanding of the variety of roles and models for professional, continuing, and online education across the academic landscape -- and the issues and opportunities they face. This course also looks at internal organizational structures, skill sets, and staffing, and discusses professionalism and the role that UPCEA plays in networking and educating those in this domain. 

Next Offering: 10/03/2022

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The Entrepreneurial Imperative

Faculty Member: Kevin Currie

How are new opportunities identified and implemented? How do professional, continuing, and online professionals succeed in a competitive and ever changing environment? More than any other academic unit, the professional, continuing, and online enterprise is responsive, agile, risk-taking, and innovative -- all qualities of entrepreneurs, but within the realities and constraints of complex institutions. This course will explore how to navigate and innovate within a dynamic environment.  

Next Offering: 10/03/2022

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Program Planning and Oversight in Professional, Continuing, and Online (PCO) Education

Faculty Member: Julie Uranis, Ph.D.

Possessing a solid understanding of the program planning process is critical for a PCO professional, particularly for those involved in the development, design, and delivery of opportunities for diverse learners. This course provides essential background on the process of program planning, good sources of information to guide essential elements in the process, and perspectives PCO professionals should consider when planning programs.  

Next Offering: 11/14/2022

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Markets, Marketing, and Managing the Cycle from Prospects to Learners

Faculty Member: Jim Fong

How are new and changing markets identified? How are programs -- in both content and format - developed to meet the needs of learners? How can data analysis help shape ongoing understanding of markets? This course will explore the processes and operations that convert markets into enrollments.  

Next Offering: 11/14/2022

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