Continuing Education (CE)
Contact InformationUniversity of Vermont
322 South Prospect St.
Burlington, VT 05401
Phone: (802) 656-2085 or (800) 639-3210
Fax: (802) 656-0306
Continuing Education (CE) serves the University of Vermont's commitment to lifelong learning and statewide outreach. Through the development and delivery of courses and programs on the UVM campus, online, and at designated off-campus locations (regionally, nationally, and internationally), Continuing Education connects the resources of the university with the needs of a diverse student body. CE’s offerings attract non-degree students, students needing preparatory courses for admission to degree programs, students seeking professional certificates, and students already in degree programs who want the convenience of taking classes in the evening or during the winter or summer sessions. CE's innovative courses, programs, certificates, and professional development opportunities draw more than 8,000 individuals a year from Vermont and beyond.
Student services are available to individuals enrolled in Continuing Education credit courses and professional educational workshops and seminars. Student services coordinators guide non-degree students through the back to school process, and help current and potential students gain the necessary credentials to attain admission to a degree and/or professional school program. Continuing Education (CE) representatives are available to help anyone register for any CE learning opportunity. Serving as the dean’s office for non-degree students, Continuing Education provides access to the university’s academic resources and support services and helps direct students to the most appropriate office within the larger university. Non-degree students are encouraged to become familiar with our office and learn how to maximize their educational experience. Please call (802) 656-2085 or (800) 639-3210 to access a student services staff.
Academic Year and Summer Session
During the academic year, more than 400 for-credit courses are made available to non-degree students. Early morning, late afternoon, evening, weekend and online courses provide convenient access for the almost 3,000 non-degree students who enroll annually at the University of Vermont. CE attracts high school students, pre-college and college students, pre-graduate/pre-professional students, and working professionals who are all interested in gaining credits on an official UVM transcript. Individuals aged 65+ who are Vermont residents may attend tuition free. Credits may be applied toward UVM undergraduate and graduate programs and for advanced and professional studies. Additionally, many students enroll in credit courses for personal enrichment as well as for professional certification and career advancement.
During the summer, more than 450 courses are offered on campus, online, around the state and throughout the world in various travel programs. Course registration is open to all learners. Courses are taught by UVM faculty, visiting professors or practitioners, and apply the same academic rigor as courses scheduled during the academic year.
The summer session offers entry-level courses designed for high school students to get ahead and get a taste of the university experience and for undergraduates to catch up on subjects for which they require more preparation. The summer session can also be an opportunity for undergraduates to take a course in the summer that is in high demand during the academic year. Courses are also available in the summer session for professionals in education, healthcare, library science, engineering, public administration and environmental studies. In addition, advanced and graduate courses are included on the summer session’s roster.
Certificates, Course Sequences, and Programs
The following college credit certificates, course sequences, and programs are available through Continuing Education:
Accounting Sequence Individuals interested in preparing for the CPA exam are encouraged to inquire about the availability of required accounting courses. Students who have a bachelor's degree but lack specific accounting courses may enroll through Continuing Education.
Bridge Plan in Engineering Through this program, engineers who possess an associate’s degree in engineering are able to enroll in this set of required courses helping them transition into a bachelor's degree program offered by the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences. Students may enroll through Continuing Education then continue in their degree program as part-time or full-time students.
Computer Software Certificate This certificate program attracts individuals who are interested in gaining the knowledge necessary to change their career, advance their professional credentials or prepare for entrance into the graduate computer science program.
Complementary Healthcare Sequence Individuals who are interested in gaining more knowledge about the art and science of complementary healthcare are encouraged to enroll in this dynamic sequence of courses. Students may choose to enroll for college credit or participate for non-credit/professional credit.
Ecological Economics Certificate The Gund Institute for Ecological Economics offers non-degree students an opportunity to enroll in a solution-oriented learning experience. Professionals and others may enroll in this certificate through Continuing Education.
Educational Technology Online Sequence This eighteen credit online sequence of courses leads to a broad understanding of the role of technology in learning and instruction. For educators who are already certified, these six basic courses will provide competencies to use in their current position or will, upon transcript review by the Vermont State Department of Education, allow an endorsement on their teaching license as a school technology specialist. This sequence may also be used as a concentration toward the Curriculum and Instruction master’s degree in the College of Education and Social Services.
Faculty Lead Programs Abroad In collaboration with the Office for International Education, Continuing Education provides diverse educational opportunities at worldwide locations including the semester long program for undergraduate students in Oaxaca, Mexico. Courses are available year-round, including the winter and summer sessions, providing up to a full semester of credits for full-time students and an immersion experience for both degree and non-degree students.
Gerontology Certificate This undergraduate certificate program focuses on topics relevant to the aging population. The program is equivalent to the cross-college minor in Gerontology and is offered statewide via the Vermont Interactive Television Network and online.
Guaranteed Admission Program This individually designed program allows non-degree students to build the necessary academic credentials for admission to a UVM undergraduate degree program. Each student’s plan must be approved by the participating academic dean’s office and the Office of Undergraduate Admission. Students are required to maintain a cumulative grade-point average of 3.00 for a minimum of eighteen credits in order to qualify for guaranteed admission.
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Medical Laboratory Science Individuals who have completed a bachelor's degree in a science area and wish to become certified Clinical Laboratory Scientists or certified Medical Technologists should contact Continuing Education about enrolling in this program.
Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical (Pre-Health) Program Each year, outstanding students who have already completed their bachelor's degree enroll in UVM's Post-Baccalaureate program to prepare for medical, veterinary, and dental schools, as well as a wide variety of graduate level health professional programs. Admission to this program is highly selective and attracts students regionally, nationally, and internationally. More than 90% of this program’s graduates gain admission to their first choice health professional program. The program has a linkage agreement with the UVM College of Medicine (COM) guaranteeing an admissions interview with the College to those who meet the UVM COM guidelines, as well as other linkage programs.
Pre-MBA Sequence Students interested in enrolling in the required courses for application to a master’s in business administration (on-campus and online) should contact CE. This sequence allows a student with a bachelor's degree to gain the knowledge and credentials necessary to pursue an MBA.
Pre-MAcc Sequence Students interested in enrolling in the required courses for application to a master’s in accountancy (on-campus and online) should contact CE. This sequence allows a student with a bachelor’s degree to gain the knowledge and credentials necessary to pursue an MAcc.
Pre-MPA Sequence Students interested in enrolling in the required courses for application to a master’s in public administration (on-campus and online) should contact CE. This sequence allows a student with a bachelor’s degree to gain the knowledge and credentials necessary to pursue an MPA.
School Library Media Sequence This series of courses is designed to help licensed educators apply to the Vermont State Department of Education for transcript review, which would lead to a second endorsement on their license as school library media specialists. The sequence may also be used as a concentration in a Curriculum and Instruction master’s degree in the College of Education and Social Services.
Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Sequence The online School-Based Speech-Language Pathology Assistant program is designed to help individuals develop an understanding of communication disorders and intervention strategies for speech-language services for students in school settings. Completion of this sequence can lead to employment as a SLPA or can serve as preparation for entering the Dept. of Communication Sciences and Disorders undergraduate or graduate programs. Several courses in this program also serve as prerequisites for the SLP master’s program.
Non-Credit or Professional Credit
There are also non-credit and professional opportunities provided by Continuing Education:
Vermont Educators Teachers, administrators, and paraprofessionals take advantage of UVM's expertise in education and social services through enrollment in classes offered on-campus and online, via the Vermont Interactive Television network, through the Springfield Howard Dean Education Center, and at public schools through the state. Some of the courses for educators offered through CE, besides the Educational Technology, the School Library Media, and the Speech-Language Pathology sequences previously described, are Campus Sustainability Leadership and Legal Issues in Higher Education.
Center for Leadership and Innovation In partnership with the School of Business Administration, the Center for Leadership and Innovation (CLI) was created to address the needs of growing companies in our region. The CLI offers a Professional Leadership and Management Certificate program, numerous professional development seminars and corporate training. The CLI collaborates with UVM faculty to provide content in the areas of sustainability, social innovation, collaborative management and leadership training. To learn more, go to the Center for Leadership and Innovation website.