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Continuing Education

Clock Hours, Professional Development Credits & Continuing Education Units


Non-Credit Course Offerings

If you have a great idea for a new non-credit program or course you'd like to offer, please complete and submit the new program packet below. (Not for use for Professional Development (500) courses).  If in doubt, call our office: 509-963-1712.

Continuing Education Course Proposal Web Form

Professional Development Credit

A minimum of 10 lecture type contact hours, 20 field-based hours, or an approved combination is required per credit.

To propose a course for professional development (500) university credit, four forms are required - a Professional Development Course Form, ADA Signature Form, Learner Outcomes and Assessment Form and the syllabus. These forms may be found at the following links:

Professional Development Course Form (XLS)
ADA Signature Form (XLS)


Course Syllabus Template (PDF)
Course Syllabus Template (DOC)


Professional Development Lecturers

Any course offered for Professional Development (500) or university credit must be taught by an approved Lecturer.

Policies for Approval of Lecturers (PDF)
Policies for Approval of Lecturers (DOC)

Application for Lecturer (PDF)
Application for Lecturer (DOC)

For faculty who have made previous arrangements with the Continuing Education office to register their students on-site, e.g. on the first day class, this is the form to use.

Office of Continuing Education Registration Form (PDF)
Office of Continuing Education Registration Form (DOC)

Clock Hours

Clock hour courses are used primarily for certificated teachers preparing to apply for re-certification. For more information, please see the Policy for Awarding Clock Hours. Please note, a minimum of 3 contact hours is required when offering a Clock Hour course with Continuing Education.

Policy for Awarding Clock Hours (PDF)
Policy for Awarding Clock Hours (DOC)


Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Continuing education units, or CEUs CEUs are used primarily by professional organizations and awarded to signify successful completion of non-credit programs and courses intended to improve the knowledge and skills of working adults.  Among the most common uses of CEUs are to record refresher, transitional, or knowledge improvement accomplishments for professional workers undergoing what is called continuing professional education.

CEUs are similar in theory to academic credits but differ in two important respects:

1. CEUs are not academic credit and cannot be converted to university credits or used as such; and

2. They may be awarded for a variety of experiences in different settings whose only common criterion is that they be measurable, supervised educational or training experiences with defined starting and ending points.

CEU Calculation:
0.1 CEU is based on 60 minutes of instruction. (CEUs are expressed in tenths.) The CEU is defined as 10 contact hours in an organized continuing education activity (class, seminar, retreat, workshop, etc.)  The minimum number of CEUs awarded is 0.1*.
*A minimum of 3 contact hours (or 0.3 CEUs) is required to offer a CEU course through CWU Continuing Education.

Continuing Education Unit (CEU) Proposal Form (DOC)


Submission of Proposals:

Submit proposals electronically to Continuing Education, or mail hardcopy to:

CWU Office of Continuing Education
400 E. University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7433


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