Leaders in Online and Professional Continuing Education

Get the essential skills and knowledge you need with UPCEA’s Learning Center! Bringing you the leading experts in the field of professional, continuing, and online (PCO) education, these programs offer high-value and relevant content 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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The Entrepreneurial Imperative

Facilitator: 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: 02/21/2022
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Creating and Motivating PCO Enterprises

Facilitator: Dr. Nancy Coleman 

What is the best way to organize the human resources of a PCO 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?  

This course provides a broad understanding of these elements and others. Organized around a team model, participants will engage with colleagues from other institutions to ensure a dynamic understanding of the issues.

Next Offering: 03/02/2022

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