Leaders in Professional, Continuing and Online 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

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PCO Leader Certificate

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Course Catalog

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Upcoming Professional Development Courses

Fall Courses Now Open for Registration!

The Language and Culture of Higher Learning

What does an aspiring academic administrator need to know in order to work and navigate within an academic enterprise?  What terminology, standards, roles, and structures govern and guide the contemporary university?  This course provides an understanding of  definitions, roles and titles, processes, and organizational governance models needed to be conversant and adept in navigating within the academic ecosystem. 

Next Offering: 08/02/2021
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The Entrepreneurial Imperative 

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: 08/02/2021
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Markets, Marketing, and Managing the Cycle from Prospects to Learners 

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: 09/08/2021
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Program Planning and Oversight in Professional, Continuing, and Online Education

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: 09/08/2021
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PCO Professional Program Courses Open for Registration

  • The Language and Culture of Higher Learning - August 2021

    Course Begins 08/02/2021 I Capacity: 20 participants

    What does an academic administrator need to know in order to work and navigate within an academic enterprise?  What terminology, standards, roles, and structures govern and guide the contemporary university?  This course provides an understanding of definitions, roles and titles, processes, and organizational governance models needed to be conversant and adept in navigating within the academic ecosystem. 


    This four week course will consist of weekly live virtual classroom meetings hosted in Zoom.  Please be sure you are able to join a Zoom meeting prior to these events. Live classroom attendance is strongly encouraged but not mandatory. The livee class meetings are scheduled for the following days and times: 

    Schedule TBA

  • The Entrepreneurial Imperative - August 2021

    Course Starts 08/02/2021 I Course Capacity: 20

    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

  • Program Planning and Oversight in Professional, Continuing, and Online Education - Sept 2021

    Includes Multiple Live Events. The next is on 09/08/2021 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    Course Starts 09/08/2021 I Capacity: 20 Participants

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

  • Markets, Marketing, and Managing the Cycle from Prospects to Learners - Sept 2021

    Includes Multiple Live Events. The next is on 09/09/2021 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    Course Starts 09/09/2021 I Course Capacity: 20

    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 module will explore the processes and operations that convert markets into enrollments.