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About Us

Welcome to Continuing and Distance Education

Every year, we help thousands of non-traditional students continue their education at the University of Vermont. Through collaborations with UVM’s various colleges and schools, we offer courses and programs to help you explore your options, whether you’re planning a career change, looking for personal enrichment or professional development, or preparing for an undergraduate or advanced degree.

Learn about our programs and offerings, then call us and meet with an advisor who can help you map an educational plan based on your background and goals. You can also take part in one of our many community events on campus and around the state.

Mission Statement

After 100 years, we continue to provide flexible, relevant educational options at all stages of life because we believe the opportunity to learn should never stop.

Advising and Student Support

We are dedicated to helping you access the University of Vermont. Our role is to aid in the course selection process by understanding your experience and goals, guiding you through registration, and serving as your resource during your time at UVM. Curious if your past college credits apply at UVM? Want to understand where a program will take you after completion? Looking for resources for financial aid, tutors, or UVM policies? Contact a CDE advisor to learn more. You have the goal; we can help you achieve it.

College Credit Courses

Every semester, non-degree students enroll in more than 400 courses offered at convenient times for working professionals and part-time students. Undergraduate and graduate-level courses are offered for individuals interested in personal enrichment, as well as for professional and career advancement. Courses taken through CDE can also prepare you for a UVM undergraduate or graduate degree program. There is no application process for taking an individual course. We encourage you to contact us for help in course selection and the registration process, especially if you’re a first-time student.

Certificate and Sequence Programs

In collaboration with various UVM colleges, Continuing and Distance Education offers programs in health, business, education, college re-entry, engineering, accounting, and the environment. Designed for working professionals, these programs are often shorter than a degree program and provide a body of knowledge applicable to career change and career advancement.

Professional Credit Seminars, Workshops, and Conferences

CDE offers professional development opportunities for mid- to high-level business owners and managers, as well as national higher-education administrative, student affairs, and legal professionals. The Center for Leadership and Innovation (CLI) provides a Leadership & Management Professional Certificate program, individual one- and two-day management seminars, Franklin Covey workshops, customized on-site training, and an annual series of free public lectures, as well as a membership-based peer-to-peer learning program for family and closely held businesses with the Vermont Family Business Initiative. The Legal Issues in Higher Education annual conference has an outstanding reputation in higher education and reaches a national audience.

Arts and Cultural Events

Enhancing the vibrancy of the UVM community and the state of Vermont, the Aiken Lecture Series, Lane Series performing arts program, and statewide Osher Lifelong Learning Institute fulfill CDE’s land-grant outreach mission.





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