The Virginia Commonwealth University Office of Continuing and Professional Education recognizes that millions of adult learners across the country are looking for something other than a traditional four-year degree. So we offer something different — courses designed to suit your personal and professional goals, as well as your schedule.
With a world-class faculty, strong national brand and enduring community relationships, VCU offers an optimal environment for working professionals to pursue their continuing education and career aspirations. Our course portfolio is robust and continually growing.
Our office offers credit-bearing and noncredit courses. Some courses also offer continuing education units, which are a way of officially recognizing the time you put into your professional education when credits aren’t available.
Class size permitting, students may register for graduate courses on an audit basis, meaning they enroll in courses, but do not receive academic credit upon completion. Audit students are charged the regular rate of tuition and fees. Learn more on the VCU Graduate Bulletins website.
Some of our specialty areas include:
The VCU paralegal certificate program is a six-month noncredit certificate program designed to advance legal industry skills and career options. We focus on practical knowledge in the law profession to prepare you to be competitive in a legal career search.
These classes introduce adult learners to different cultures and assist them in becoming interculturally competent and exposed to world languages. Language classes are conversation-based with an emphasis on oral fluency and listening, and have included Conversational Spanish, French, Italian, German, Spanish for Law Enforcement, Medical Spanish, Arabic and American Sign Language. Faculty and staff may be eligible to use a tuition waiver for these 1-credit courses.
As a university partner with Lovegevity's Wedding Planning Institute (LWPI), VCU OCPE offers these event planning and design courses:
Organization workshops taught by Certified Professional Organizers, in partnership with Come to Order, are also available and include: Fundamental Principles of Organization, Organizing for the Way You Think, Paper Management: File It, Don't Pile It, People Management, Policies, Procedures and Processes, and Time Management.
Our K-12 courses serve the individual educator who seeks career advancement or new professional opportunities. Classes cover a wide variety of topics, including administration, educational leadership, special education, autism spectrum disorder, gifted education, technology, STEAM-H (science, technology, engineering, art, math and health) and more.
Off-campus studio art courses may be taken for teacher recertification, or for professional or personal education. Classes have been located across the commonwealth and have covered a variety of media, including photography, jewelry, ceramics, painting, drawing and more.
Our opportunities for personal growth vary widely and include workshops, introductory and advanced aikido, scuba diving and urban cycling, and have included a primer on Richmond’s acclaimed French Film Festival and an Introduction to Writing Memoir course.
We offer a series of six weekend workshops designed for licensed, mental health professionals and school-based counselors, which are part of the requirements for application to become a Registered Play Therapist (RPT) or School-Based Registered Play Therapist (SB-RPT). Use play to help people, especially children, better process their experiences and develop more effective communication strategies.
Our test preparation courses for the GMAT®, GRE®, LSAT®, SAT® and ACT® were designed by a team of former standardized exam question writers and test preparation experts. All Test Prep courses include: