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. A badge will be awarded upon successful completion of each course. 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

Creating and Motivating PCO Enterprises

Faculty Member: Dr. Nancy Coleman

What is the best way to organize the human resources of a PCO education unit? 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: 4/03/2023

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Program Planning and Oversight in Professional, Continuing, and Online Education

Faculty Member: Dr. Julie Uranis 

How do those in professional, continuing, and online education create their program portfolio?  How are resources marshalled and managed?  This course explores how an often unique mix of programs can be designed, developed, and delivered -- on-campus, on-site, and online.  

Next Offering: 4/10/2023 - Registration Closed: Course is full 

Overview of Professional, Continuing, and Online Education (PCO)

Faculty Member: Dr. Amy Heitzman 

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. Finally, this course discusses professionalism and the role that UPCEA plays in networking and educating those in this domain. 

Next Offering: 05/15/2023
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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: 05/15/2023

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