New! Professional Development Courses

“Extended and professional education is needed more than ever as we evolve into the ‘new normal’. I can think of no better investment than UPCEA to ensure staff and leaders within my organization are ready, willing, and able to serve those that look to us and those that need us the most.”

-Jenni Murphy, Ed.D., M.B.A., SPHR
Dean, College of Continuing Education
Sacramento State

Get the essential skills and knowledge you need with UPCEA’s new online Professional Development programs: the PCO Professional Certificate and the PCO Leader Certificate! Taught by leading experts in the field of professional, continuing, and online education, these courses offer high-value content for practitioners at all levels. The online courses in UPCEA's Learning Center cover a wide variety of topics and skillsets, and afford you the opportunity to network with your peers. Put our flexible curricula to work for you and your career goals.

The PCO Professional Development Programs At a Glance

Our Courses, Your Choice

Choose the courses and topics that are most relevant to you and your career goals. All courses are aligned with knowledge, skills, and abilities specific to our field. Upon successful completion of a course, participants will be awarded an UPCEA-backed badge. Courses have both synchronous and asynchronous features, and can be taken individually and in any order. Courses are offered throughout the year. Begin any time and take courses in the order that best suits your needs and interests.


PCO Professional Certificate

Our flagship program, the highly flexible PCO “Pro” Certificate program, is designed for professionals interested in building their expertise and advancing their careers in the field of Professional, Continuing, and Online Education. Bundle two Foundations courses, two Professional Practice courses, and one additional course from either series and earn the PCO Pro Certificate from UPCEA.


PCO Leader Certificate

Explore leadership within higher education at a new level by focusing on how to responsibly manage people, data, and ideas. Complete all five Leader courses and earn the PCO Leader Certificate from UPCEA.


Designed for All 

Courses are crafted to offer high-value content for learners at various professional levels, and are designed and facilitated by leading faculty and professionals in PCO education. Participants will find value, purpose, and new insights through our carefully constructed curricula. We know you have many demands on your time; the work of each course is designed to take approximately five hours per week.


Built by Experts

UPCEA is proud to have partnered with highly respected leaders in the field to develop and implement the PCO Professional Development programs. Using the perspective of practical application, the Founding Faculty helped determine the competencies and skills to cover within the PCO Professional Development programs.

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"Already signed up! This is going to be indispensable, not only for what my Global Campus team will learn, but for morale. We will be working harder (and differently) than ever before. Helping my team (and my campus) adjust is much easier when providing support and skill-building like this."

Steve VandenAvond, Ph.D.
Vice President for Extended Learning and Community Engagement
Northern Michigan University

Bundle two Foundations courses, two Professional Practice courses, and one additional course from either series and earn the PCO Pro Certificate from UPCEA.

PCO Foundations Courses
These foundational courses provide an opportunity for participants to appreciate the context and breadth of institutions beyond their personal and professional experience. Foundations courses count towards the PCO Pro certificate.

  • The Nature of American Higher Education*
  • The Language and Culture of Higher Learning*
  • Orientation to Professional, Continuing, and Online Education (PCO)*
  • Understanding the Adult Learner and Other Constituencies of Professional, Continuing, and Online Education**
  • Program Planning and Oversight in Professional, Continuing, and Online Education**

PCO Professional Practice Courses
These practical courses allow participants to further explore and refine their capabilities while exploring academic strategies, financial management, leadership, innovation, and how to define and capitalize on market needs. Professional Practice courses can count towards the PCO Pro certificate.

  • Academic Strategic Planning in a Constantly Changing Environment*
  • Forecasting, Budgeting, and Managing Money in an Environment of Uncertainty and Risk*
  • Creating and Motivating PCO Enterprises*
  • The Entrepreneurial Imperative**
  • Markets, Marketing, and Managing the Cycle from Prospects to Learners**

 

Upon successful completion of each course, participants will be awarded an UPCEA-backed badge. Courses can be taken individually and in any order. Each course is four weeks long.

 

UPCEA member rate: $459 per course

*Course begins Fall 2020
**Course begins Winter 2021

Explore leadership within higher education at a new level by focusing on how to responsibly manage people, data, and ideas with the PCO Leader courses. Participants will learn how PCO leaders identify and explore opportunities in collaboration with campus colleagues and other professionals in the field.

Upon successful completion of each course, participants will be awarded an UPCEA-backed badge. Courses can be taken individually and in any order. Each course is four weeks long. Complete all five Leader courses successfully and receive the Leader Certificate.

  • Leading with Diplomacy, Data, and Drive: the Unique Imperative of the Professional, Continuing, and Online Leader **
  • The Role of Educator: Expanding Academic Horizons **
  • The Role of Ambassador: Connecting Academic and Real Worlds by Engaging Those in Business, Community, and Government ***
  • The Role of Innovator: Managing An Adaptive, Agile Organization ***
  • The Responsible Professional: Managing Through Transparency, Integrity, Quality, and Accountability ***

UPCEA member rate: $459 per course

**Course begins Winter 2021
***Course begins Spring 2021

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For questions about a specific course or general information, please contact pd@upcea.edu or (202) 659-3130. We’re here for support as you elevate your career!