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Exercising Leadership: Foundational Principles

Mobilize people to tackle tough problems and build the capacity to thrive through the dangers of change

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Negotiating Salary

Learn salary negotiation techniques with this free, 15-minute Harvard Business School (HBS) Online lesson taught by Mike Wheeler of Negotiation Mastery.

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Resilient Leadership

Develop the skills to lead with courage and conviction through challenging times with this free, 35-minute Harvard Business School (HBS) Online lesson.

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Remote Work Revolution for Everyone

In Remote Work Revolution for Everyone, you will learn to excel in the virtual-work landscape. You will learn how to build trust, increase productivity, use digital tools intelligently, and remain fully aligned with your remote team.

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Practical Improvement Science in Health Care: A Roadmap for Getting Results

Learn the skills and tools of improvement science to make positive changes in health, healthcare, and your daily life.

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Beyond Strategic Planning: From Implementation to Sustainment

Successfully navigate the challenges inherent in making your organizational, departmental, and project-specific plans come to life.

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Negotiation Skills: Strategies for Increased Effectiveness

Enhance your ability to negotiate through effective techniques and skills.

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Business Strategy: Evaluating and Executing the Strategic Plan

Explore the concepts and tools of strategic business management. Learn more about the organizational strategy within which managers make decisions and how it relates to competitive advantage.

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Advanced Negotiation Skills

Develop sophisticated negotiation skills to create value for all parties at the bargaining table.

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Leading More Effective Teams

Enhance your team’s productivity to boost your organization’s capabilities.

CORe (Credential of Readiness)

This three-course program from Harvard Business School (HBS) Online will teach you the fundamental skills to confidently contribute to business decisions and decision-making.

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Leadership Principles

Developed for new and aspiring leaders, this course from Harvard Business School (HBS) Online will help you unleash your potential to advance your career, team, and organization.

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Strategy Execution for Public Leadership

Join Harvard Kennedy School faculty and former Pentagon Chief of Staff Eric Rosenbach to learn how to develop strategies for public leadership success.

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Value Creation Through Effective Boards

Offered jointly by Harvard Business School and IESE Business School, this program strengthens your board and improves governance.

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The Business of Entertainment, Media, and Sports

Develop effective strategies and compelling offerings that take full advantage of opportunities in an evolving industry.

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Professional Development Certificate Programs

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Summer quarter will commence on June 17. Courses will be offered online, remotely, and on-campus in accordance with University guidelines. Please refer to the Schedule Notes for course delivery information.

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Upgrade your skill set and advance your career in one of the wide range of day, evening, and online certificate programs offered by Northwestern University School of Professional Studies. You'll learn from a faculty of industry leaders and earn a credential from a top university. Choose from a wide range of programs in areas such as analytics, technology, finance, and management.

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Analytics and technology.

  • AI Boot Camp
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Human Resources

  • SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP Preparation
  • SHRM Essentials of Human Resources

Leadership and Management

  • Certificate in Jewish Leadership

Mediation and Negotiation

  • Divorce Mediation Training Program
  • Mediation Skills Training Program
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Museums and Nonprofit Organizations

  • Grantsmanship for the Research Professional
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I had a fantastic experience learning and working at Northwestern. The mentoring environment is very good and the institutional support was overall great. ”

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For more information about our Boot Camp programs (AI, Coding, Data Science and Visualization, Cybersecurity, and UX/UI) please visit the Northwestern Boot Camps site.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are professional development programs.

Professional development programs are structured learning opportunities designed to help you advance your career by developing relevant knowledge and applicable skills within your field. Northwestern University’s  School of Professional Studies offers professional development courses, seminars, workshops, and certificate programs for twenty-four different topics, from grantsmanship to business analytics certificates .

What will I gain from enrolling in a professional development program?

Professional development certificates and programs are a great way to demonstrate your commitment to professional growth and gain skills for improving your job performance. Earning a credential from Northwestern University, ranked #9 nationally by U.S. News and World Report, can help advance your career either by increasing your value in your current position or making you a more competitive candidate when applying for a new role. Thanks to rapid technological developments across industries, it is more important than ever to stay up to date with what’s going on in your field; keep up with the latest trends and best practices by exploring professional development courses that teach you how to incorporate these innovations into your everyday work. Northwestern also provides a foundation for networking with similarly motivated individuals, which can develop into future collaborations, mentorship relationships, and job opportunities.

How long does a professional development program last?

The duration of a professional development program depends on its structure. Most professional development programs consist of a multi-course series that can be completed within a few quarters. Other programs take the form of a multi-day workshop or seminar which may occur over a single week or weekend. If you are outside of the Chicago area or prefer to learn remotely, be sure to look for online professional development programs, which blend the convenience of distance learning with the benefits of live interaction through virtual sync sessions.

Who are the instructors for Northwestern’s professional development courses?

Northwestern University’s School of Professional Studies is proud to offer professional development courses taught by leading industry professionals. Because of their practical experience in the field, instructors bring the current best practices and real-world insights to the classroom and are poised to help students apply their learnings to workplace challenges in real time.

Will I receive a certificate or credential upon completion, and is it recognized by relevant professional organizations?

While all professional development programs make great additions to your resume, not all offer a formal certificate or credential upon completion. However, even those that do not may count towards continuing education units or professional development credits required by certain institutions.  Some programs, such as the SHRM exam prep or CFP exam prep courses , also prepare students for exam certification by field-specific membership organizations. To learn more about the outcomes for your selected program, please visit the program home page or contact an enrollment advisor .

Are there any networking opportunities available through Northwestern’s professional development certificates?

As many alumni will agree, one of the greatest benefits of Northwestern’s professional development certificates and courses is the chance to connect with other skilled members of the same field. Whether you’re taking a course online or in person, you’ll have the chance to hear from and collaborate with your peers to gain the benefit of their experience. After completing your program, you will also gain access to Our Northwestern , an online database of other alums that you can connect with for networking and interviewing purposes.

Can the professional development certificate be customized toward my specific career goals or interests?

Many of our professional development programs contain multiple tracks so that students can select the trajectory that best fits their experience, interests, and availability. The project management program , for example, contain three tracks based on experience level, while the philanthropy and non-profit program consists of three tracks that students choose based on their area of experience or topics of interest. Visit an individual program page to learn more about the different options within the curriculum.

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Early Childhood Education Programs

Enhancing the impact of early childhood professionals in every setting, from practice to policymaking. 

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Certificate in Early Education Leadership (CEEL)

Acquire the core knowledge, management skills, and leadership tools necessary to build and advance high-quality early education in any learning environment.

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The Science of Early Learning and Adversity

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Leadership Entry: Empowering Schools and Communities

K-12 programs.

A robust portfolio helping teachers, school leaders, districts, and education organizations thrive.

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Instructional Leadership Certificate (ILC)

Build skills to help you become a more effective leader, coach, and mentor within your team or instructional department.

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Questions at the Core: Extending the Question Formulation Technique to Sustain an Inquiry-Based Culture in Schools

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School Turnaround Leaders

Higher education programs.

Exceptional professional development for college and university leaders, with a 50-year history of impact.

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Mental Health in Higher Education: A Theory-to-Practice Approach for Student Well-Being

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The Online Classroom: Strategies for Higher Ed Teaching and Learning

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Institute for Management and Leadership in Education

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Turn to us for your professional development needs.

Transformative, effective, powerful learning across your organization. Explore the benefits of professional development for your group — and how we can tailor our programs to your needs.

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IRIS develops and disseminates free online open educational resources (OERs) about evidence-based instructional and behavioral practices. Intended for use in personnel preparation and professional development, these instructional resources are designed to help current and future educators improve the learning and behavioral outcomes of all students, especially struggling learners and those with disabilities.

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IRIS offers free, easily accessible modules, case study units, course/PD activities, and an array of other online resources and tools. These resources are available under the Resources menu of this website . IRIS resources cover a wide variety of topics of interest to educators, such as:

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PD Certificates

Through December 2024, the IRIS Center will offer FREE certificates to verify module completion and effort toward PD hours. Practical, flexible, and built around trustworthy resources, our online IRIS PD Certificates are a terrific option for educators ready to take their professional development to the next level. More than 35 modules are currently available, and more are added all the time. Even better, IRIS Modules can be accessed anytime, anywhere, via any online-enabled tablet, phone, or computer.

School & District Platform

Our School & District Platform is a user-friendly and flexible online tool that can help school leaders to organize and track their teachers’ ongoing professional development activities. Districts can secure yearlong access to customized bundles consisting of any five of our most popular IRIS Modules. Bundles may be assigned to all teachers or different groups of teachers, depending on the schools’ needs. For more information—and to begin your IRIS+ professional development journey—email us at [email protected] or give us a call at 1-800-831-6134.

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Professional Development Ladder (PDL)

The Professional Development Ladder reflects formal job related education and credentials gained through universities, 2-year colleges, technology centers, credentialing bodies, and Registry approved training sponsors. The various levels provide milestones for child care providers and connect with other areas of the state’s professional development system, such as QRIS, and Scholars for Excellence in Child Care. As a teacher or family child care home provider, you can track your professional development with a Professional Development Ladder (PDL).

Contact Information Oklahoma Professional Development Registry Department Phone (Toll Free):: 888-446-7608 ext. 270 Local OKC: 405-799-6383 ext. 270 Fax: 405-799-7634 Email:  [email protected]

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  • Bachelor Degree of Arts, Bachelor Degree of Science.
  • Approved college credit hours must be on the Recommended Approved Coursework List (www.cecpd.org) and articulate to a two- or four-year college or university.
  • No more than 6 hours of informal professional development are counted toward both initial and renewal hours. Training in the core content areas identified in “Oklahoma Core Competencies for Early Childhood Practitioners.” 1) child growth and development; 2) health, safety and nutrition; 3) child observation and assessment; 4) family and community partnerships; 5) learning environments and curriculum; 6) interactions with children; 7) program planning, development and evaluation; and/or 8) professionalism and leadership.
  • Associate Degree of Arts, Associate Degree of Science.
  • The Certificate of Mastery in child development or early childhood education is a minimum 18 credit hour certificate awarded by an Oklahoma community college.
  • Master Teacher Competency Certificate only awarded by Oklahoma Department of Career Technology.
  • Training approved through the Oklahoma Professional Development Registry (OPDR) (www.cecpd.org). All OPDR approved training is tied to the “Oklahoma Core Competencies for Early Childhood Practitioners.” 

NOTE: Informal professional development is not counted toward meeting this requirement.

Entry Level Child Care Training (ELCCT), Family Child Care Home Entry Level Training (FHELT), Director’s Entry Level Training (DELT), and Out-of-School Time Entry Level Training (OST-ELT) can only be counted one time toward renewal hours.

The Professional Development Ladder reflects formal job related education and credentials gained through universities, 2-year colleges, technology centers, credentialing bodies, and Registry approved training sponsors. The various levels provide milestones for child care providers and connect with other areas of the state’s professional development system, such as Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS), and Scholars for Excellence in Child Care. 

The Professional Development Ladder is renewable annually. In order to renew, you must meet the criteria for a level and complete the required number of job related renewal training hours. There is no fee to renew your PDL if you apply each year before it expires.

Note:  Entry Level Child Care Training (ELCCT), Family Child Care Home Entry Level Training (FHELT), Director’s Entry Level Training (DELT), and Out-of-School Time Entry Level Training (OST-ELT) can only be counted one time toward renewal hours.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the professional development ladder and why is it important.

The Professional Development Ladder reflects formal job related education and credentials gained through universities, 2-year colleges, technology centers, credentialing bodies, and Registry approved training sponsors. The various levels provide milestones for child care providers and connect with other areas of the state’s professional development system, such as Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS), and Scholars for Excellence in Child Care.

The Professional Development Ladder is renewable annually. In order to renew, you must meet the criteria for a level and complete the required number of job related renewal training hours. There is no fee to renew your PDL. 

When should a staff member obtain their PDL?

  • New staff who have never had a PDL have 12 months from their hire date to obtain a PDL. Once the PDL is issued, they must keep it current (not let it expire).
  • Staff who have expired PDLs when they are hired have 12 months from their hire date to obtain a current PDL regardless of when their PDL expired. Once the PDL is issued, they must keep it current (not let it expire).
  • Staff hired with a current PDL must keep it current (not let it expire).

How do I apply for a PDL?

Go to www.okregistry.org and use your email address and password to log in. Click on the box that says, “Apply for the Professional Development Ladder” and follow the online instructions. If you do not wish to apply online, you can download a paper application on the forms page of the CECPD website

You will need to submit documentation for any training and professional development that does not already appear on your record. College transcripts must be “official” and mailed in. Other documents can be mailed, faxed, or emailed to [email protected]

Processing may take up to 30 business days.

Click here to find an instruction guide to help you apply.

How do I renew my PDL?

Renewal is easy. You follow the same process as you did when applying for your initial PDL. 

Will I be notified when my Professional Development Ladder (PDL) is expiring?

Yes, renewal reminders will be sent to participants approximately 2 months prior to the expiration date.

Is there a fee when applying for the Professional Development Ladder?

There is no fee to apply. 

Is there an application that I need to fill out?

Yes. You may apply online at  www.okregistry.org  or download a paper application from the Forms section.

If you are unable to download an application, you may request an application be mailed to you by emailing us at  [email protected] .

Do I need to mail my application in to be processed?

If you are applying online, you will only need to mail in supporting education.

If you are completing a paper application, please mail your application and supporting education documentation to:

CECPD/Oklahoma Registry 1801 N. Moore Ave. Moore, OK 73160

We will accept a faxed application.

How long does it take to process my application?

Applications are processed in order by the date received. Please allow up to 30 business days from the date materials are received for correspondence from The Oklahoma Professional Development Registry.

Where can I see the requirements in order to receive a Professional Development Ladder?

A chart listing requirements for levels 1-11 are available on the Criteria page

Can I apply for a Professional Development Ladder even though I'm not currently working in a facility?

Yes.  Experience is not necessary to achieve a level on the Professional Development Ladder. Anyone may apply for a Professional Development Ladder whether they are currently employed in a facility or not.

What documentation is needed for verification of the training I have?

  • College degrees and completed coursework must be shown on an  o fficial transcript. If you request an E-script, it must be sent directly to CECPD at  [email protected] .
  • Photocopies of a current Child Development Associate Credential (CDA), Child Care Professional Certificate (CCP), and Oklahoma Competency Certificate (Master Teacher/Director)
  • Photocopies of training certificates, if not already shown on your Learning Record
  • DHS Training logs are not accepted by The Oklahoma Registry as approved documentation

Why do I have to send in an official transcript and will I get it back?

If a participant has completed college coursework or earned a degree, an official transcript must be submitted to the Registry.  All degrees and credit hours must articulate to a two- or four-year college or university.

If you need to send in a transcript from a college or university, please have the institution send an official electronic transcript directly to [email protected] on your behalf. We cannot accept transcripts emailed from any other source. You can also mail in official transcripts. Official transcripts must be printed on official transcript paper, bear an authorized signature of the appropriate official at your institution, bear the institutional seal, and have any other security features intact. Transcripts received that do not meet these requirements will not be considered official. We do not require that they come in a sealed envelope.

Please note that official transcripts coming from the participant cannot be sent via fax or email.

All official transcripts must be kept securely on file with The Oklahoma Registry to verify training completed and coursework counted is valid.

How can I tell if my college courses for ECE/CD, SA, or ADMIN/MGMT are approved?

Approved Early Childhood Education (ECE/CD) School-Age (SA), and Administration/Management (ADMIN/MGMT) coursework can be viewed by clicking the  Approved College Coursework link  from the Oklahoma Professional Development Ladder section of our website.

What if I have completed college courses for ECE/CD, SA, or ADMIN/MGMT that aren't listed on the Approved Coursework Listing?

Should a course not be listed and the individual would like to inquire if it meets requirements for ECE/CD, SA, or ADMIN/MGMT, the individual can provide the Center for Early Childhood Professional Development (CECPD) with written documentation to include a course syllabi and/or course description as provided by the higher education institution for review by Registry staff members

Can I count the Entry Level Child Care Training courses toward meeting the criteria for the Professional Development Ladder?

Yes. The Oklahoma Registry will recognize Entry Level Child Care Training (ELCCT), Family Child Care Home Entry Level Training (FHELT), Director's Entry Level Training (DELT), and Out-of-School Time Entry Level Training (OST-ELT) as approved training. Each course may be counted as valid training only one time.

What should I do if I've moved, changed my name or my place of employment?

To report any changes, you will need to log onto our online Registry and make the necessary changes or you can complete a  Participant Update Form . This form can be found in the Forms section. Participants may mail or fax this form to the Registry staff to make any changes requested.

How do I print my PDL certificate?

You can find an instruction guide for printing your PDL certificate under Instruction Guides for Directors and Providers .

I have a current PDL, but have recently completed coursework that I would like to have shown on my training record. How can I do that?

Training taken from a Registry approved organization or CECPD approved educator will be added to a participant's training record within 2 weeks of course completion by the educator or organization approved staff.

All other training can be submitted to the Oklahoma Registry with an Education Update Form (downloadable from the Forms section of the ODC section of the website).

Instructions are listed on the Education Update Form regarding any Registry restrictions of using an Education Update Form. The form includes information on submitting training, including college level coursework. 

Can my employer call CECPD to make inquiries on my behalf?

The Registry will copy your director on emails sent to you regarding incomplete applications. We encourage you to contact the Registry because some information is protected, and we cannot share that with your employer.

Renewal FAQs

On what date should my professional development ladder renewal hours start.

If your Professional Development Ladder is current when your renewal application and Participant Agreement is received by the Registry, renewal hours will start the day after the issue date of your previous Professional Development Ladder.

If your Professional Development Ladder has expired when your renewal application and Participant Agreement is received by the Registry, renewal hours will be counted 12 months back from your most recent renewal application.

Is there a fee when applying for renewal of my Professional Development Ladder?

There is no fee.

How long does it take to process my renewal application?

Applications are processed in order by the date received. Please allow up to 30 business days from the date materials are received for correspondence from The Oklahoma Professional Development Registry.

Can I renew my Professional Development Ladder even though I'm not currently working in a facility?

Yes.  Experience is not necessary to achieve a level on the Professional Development Ladder. Anyone may apply for a Professional Development Ladder whether they are currently employed in a facility or not.

What are the requirements to renew my Professional Development Ladder?

The Professional Development Ladder is renewable annually. In order to renew, you must meet the criteria for a level and complete the required number of job related renewal training hours as shown on the PDL criteria.

Can I use college level coursework as renewal hours? Do I need another official transcript?

Yes, approved ECE/CD, or SA courses can be counted toward meeting the PDL renewal criteria (shown on official transcripts) 1 credit hour equals 16 clock hours.

If you have completed college coursework or obtained a degree since you last applied for an Oklahoma Professional Development Ladder, then you will need to submit an official transcript for verification.

SouthWestern College

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SPEECH LANGUAGE HEARING ASSESSMENT

Pass/No Pass Only

Lecture 0.50 hours

Offered: ALL

Provides instruction on speech, language, hearing development, and learning strategies. Includes individualized assessment to identify speech, language, and hearing strengths and weaknesses. Emphasizes the development of a plan for improved speech/language skills in all college courses. [ND]

SOCIAL SKILLS: RELATIONSHIP BASICS

Recommended Preparation: RDG 54 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes; ENGL 71 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

Lecture 2 hours

Provides students with disabilities peer-assisted support in developing foundational social skills. Focuses on effective communication strategies, social cognition, and relationship building. Supports students currently in Neurolinks program. [ND]

MEMORY SKILLS

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: FALL, SPRING

Offers special instruction to students with memory problems or disorders. Teaches students to locate, identify, organize, and recall information using memory strategies. [ND]

ADULT LEARNING ASSESSMENT

Provides instruction on adult learning and learning strategies. Includes individual assessment to identify learning strengths and weaknesses for the purpose of identifying learning disabilities following the California Community College model. Emphasizes the development of a plan for improved learning in all college courses. [ND]

ORAL LANGUAGE AND COMPREHENSION SKILLS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Offered: FALL

Provides instruction to students on oral and written language to include auditory and reading comprehension, cognitive skills, pragmatics, vocabulary development, and expressive language skills. [ND]

VOCABULARY DEVELOPMENT AND WORD RECALL

Offered: SPRING

Offers strategies to improve oral and written vocabulary, word retrieval skills for college-level language expression, and memory for new vocabulary learned. [ND]

ADAPTED COMPUTER INSTRUCTION

Introduces students with disabilities to basic computer vocabulary, functions of computers, and common computer software applications using adapted technology. Provides specialized computer- delivered instruction to improve information processing skills, and/or composing skills adapted to the needs of the individual student's disability. [ND]

ADAPTED COMPUTER SUPPORT LABORATORY I

Laboratory 2 hours

Provides students with disabilities access to specialized hardware and software designed to learn or improve basic skills in adaptive technologies, cognitive retraining software, educational technologies, computers, and study skills. Students will work in the computer lab following their individual educational contract. Laboratory time arranged with the instructor. [ND]

ADAPTED COMPUTER SUPPORT LABORATORY II

Laboratory 6 hours

Provides students with disabilities access to assistive technology to individually increase skills in specialized programs designed to improve basic skills, computer skills, and study skills. Students will work in the computer lab following their individual educational contract. Laboratory time arranged with the instructor. [ND]

ADAPTED COMPUTER SUPPORT LABORATORY III

Laboratory 9 hours

Provides students with disabilities advanced skills in using specialized hardware and software designed to learn or improve skills in adaptive technologies, cognitive retraining software, educational technologies, computers, and study skills. Students will work in the computer lab following their individual educational contract. Laboratory time arranged with the instructor. [ND]

FUNDAMENTALS OF MATHEMATICS

Introduces basic skills mathematics for students with disabilities. Uses special instructional methods and materials to teach learning strategies for computation, problem solving, and real life applications. Prepares students to enter into MATH 20 or Career Technical Certificate Programs. [ND]

LIFELONG SUCCESS

Applies physiological, social, and psychological principles to college, work and life success. Uses assessment of personality, interests, skills, and values to identify major and career options. Uses learning styles, psychological principles of learning, life management, and creative and critical thinking techniques to promote health and lifelong learning. [D; CSU, UC]

CAREER PLANNING: CAREER AND MAJOR SELECTION

Recommended Preparation: ENGL 71 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

Lecture 1 hour

Assists students in identifying a career and major through the use of assessment instruments and exploration of their interests, values, skills, personality type, and goals as they relate to careers and the world of work. [D; CSU]

CAREER PLANNING: JOB SEARCH SKILLS

Recommended Preparation: PD 100A or equivalent.

Designed to assist students in organizing a job search plan. This plan will include labor market analysis, resume writing, job applications, and interviewing. [D; CSU]

ORIENTATION TO COLLEGE

Offered: FALL, SUMMER

Designed to assist students in obtaining skills and knowledge necessary to reach their educational objectives. Includes career exploration, time management, campus resources, decision making, and educational planning. [D; CSU]

WORK SUCCESS---SUCCESSFUL WORKPLACE BEHAVIOR

Designed to assist students in identifying and employing appropriate workplace behavior. Students will study, share, and observe workplace scenarios to better prepare for future career placement. All students will demonstrate a clear understanding of appropriate business and office etiquette. [D; CSU]

COLLEGE SUCCESS SKILLS

A team-taught, comprehensive course designed to assist students in attaining lifelong academic, professional, and personal success. Includes critical thinking and analysis; time and task management; learning styles; personal and educational goals and values; physiosocial and psychological health; memory and concentration; academic study strategies; and use of college resources. [D; CSU]

TRANSITIONS IN HIGHER EDUCATION

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes; ENGL 114 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

Covers a step-by-step approach toward identifying and describing psychosocial, physiological, and academic matters involved with transition to higher education. Includes a study of the culture and rules of higher education, effective decision making skills and strategies, motivation, goal attainment, cultural competency, finance and budgeting, college resources, researching university selections, and health and safety. [D; CSU; UC]

STUDENT SEMINAR

Teaches students of all ages strategies for academic and personal success. Develops essential study and interpersonal skills. Includes current issues in higher education, college support services, library and academic technology services, and campus information used throughout the student's academic career. [D; CSU] (Same as: LS 116 )

OCCUPATIONAL COOPERATIVE EDUCATION I

Recommended Concurrent Enrollment: Enrollment in one other class directly related to the Vocational Education major in order to apply learned theory in a practical hands-on setting through an internship class.

Limitation on Enrollment: Declared Vocational Education major.

Laboratory 16 hours

Introduces principles and skills acquired in the Vocational Education major to on-the-job assignments. One unit of credit is granted for each 60 hours of volunteer or 75 hours of paid work activity. Credit may be accrued at the rate of 2 to 4 units per semester for a total of sixteen units. The job supervisor and instructor will evaluate each student's job performance. [D; CSU]

OCCUPATIONAL COOPERATIVE EDUCATION II

Prerequisite: PD 290 or equivalent.

Applies beginning-level principles and skills acquired in the Vocational Education major to on-the-job assignments. One unit of credit is granted for each 60 hours of volunteer or 75 hours of paid work activity. Credit may be accrued at the rate of 2 to 4 units per semester for a total of sixteen units. The job supervisor and instructor will evaluate each student's job performance. [D; CSU]

OCCUPATIONAL COOPERATIVE EDUCATION III

Prerequisite: PD 291 or equivalent.

Provides intermediate-level principles and skills acquired in the Vocational Education major to on-the-job assignments. One unit of credit is granted for each 60 hours of volunteer or 75 hours of paid work activity. Credit may be accrued at the rate of 2 to 4 units per semester for a total of sixteen units. The job supervisor and instructor will evaluate each student's job performance. [D; CSU]

OCCUPATIONAL COOPERATIVE EDUCATION IV

Prerequisite: PD 292 or equivalent.

Covers advanced-level principles and skills acquired in the Vocational Education major to on-the-job assignments. One unit of credit is granted for each 60 hours of volunteer or 75 hours of paid work activity. Credit may be accrued at the rate of 2 to 4 units per semester for a total of sixteen units. The job supervisor and instructor will evaluate each student's job performance. [D; CSU]

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How to Enter College Coursework as Professional Development

Activity Name:  College Coursework

Provider:  Name of college or university

Hours:  Multiply each course hour by 15. A 3-hour course would be 45 hours.

Description:  Course name and number

Begin Date:  Start date of class

End Date:  End date of class

1 hour of college credit is worth 15 CPDU's. For example, a 3 hour class is worth 45 CPDU's.

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  • Contact your college or university and request an official  transcript be mailed to this office, Regional Office of Education, 201 E. Grove Street, Suite 300 Bloomington, IL 61701. Official transcripts can also be emailed to [email protected]
  • When we receive your transcript, we will update your degree information and upload a PDF of your transcript to your ELIS account.

Ringling College of Art and Design launches AI undergraduate certificate program

Ringling College's new Artificial Intelligence Undergraduate Certificate program is the first of its kind at an art and design college.

Ringling College of Art and Design is launching a new Artificial Intelligence Undergraduate Certificate program, the first of its kind at an art and design college.

The program aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to navigate the complex impact of AI on creative industries of all kinds. While AI can provide powerful creative tools, the technology has been developed using methods that raise serious moral and legal concerns. Ringling College has designed a program that prepares students for careers merging AI with art, design, and creativity in a responsible and ethical manner.

“AI is scary, exciting, revolutionary, and sometimes feels like an existential threat to creators of all kinds. At Ringling College, we are committed to innovation and providing our students with the tools they need to thrive in constantly evolving creative professions,” said Rick Dakan, AI coordinator at Ringling College. “The AI Undergraduate Certificate program is a proactive response to the rapid technological changes reshaping the creative landscape.”

The certificate program is available as an option to all Ringling College students pursuing studies in 13 different majors. The three-course program covers fundamental AI and machine learning principles, their application in creative contexts, and the ethical, societal, and cultural implications of AI in art and design. Through hands-on experience with AI tools and a focus on responsible integration of AI in creative practices, students will gain the skills and knowledge needed to tackle real-world challenges and succeed in AI-driven creative industries.

“Creativity is the heart of the future,” Ringling College president Larry R. Thompson said. “All that creativity encompasses – imagination, design thinking, emotional intelligence, and a holistic perspective – will fuel our future economy, and society. Therefore, it’s our responsibility as an institution of higher and creative learning to teach our students how to responsibly leverage this new tool to their advantage; much in the same way as we did several years ago when the computer was introduced to art and design and became the new paintbrush.”

Upon completion of the program, students will have a portfolio showcasing their ability to innovatively apply AI in their creative work. This program will add another credential to their resume, positioning these students as competitive candidates in the job market. For more information, visit ringling.edu/minors .

SAM Teen Arts Council

Four members of the Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling College of Art and Design’s 2023-24 Teen Arts Council are set to take the next steps in their arts education. Marley Bean (Booker High) and Simon Odruno (Florida Virtual School and Suncoast Technical College) will attend Ringling College this fall, while Addy Hurt (Manatee School for the Arts) and Berkeley Maecker (Manatee High) will participate in Ringling’s precollege program this summer.

“We’re delighted that these students have decided to continue studying the arts, and to do so while staying right here in Sarasota,” said Virginia Shearer, executive director of the Sarasota Art Museum. “Teen Arts Council is about forging long-term relationships with the next generation of arts leaders.”

SAM TAC is led by Brooks Tracey, artist and educator, and Connie Cuadrado, the museum’s community catalyst for learning and engagement. Begun in 2022, the Teen Arts Council is a yearlong paid internship for creative high school students focusing on contemporary art, museum management, arts program development, and community engagement. For more information, visit sarasotaartmuseum.org and click on Learn.

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