Continuing Education Programs and Courses
CWU Continuing Education provides lifelong learning opportunities, education, and training for all ages. Convenient and affordable public programs are designed to help you explore, grow and succeed – personally or professionally. Programs are offered in the Ellensburg area; at CWU University Centers and sites; and in a variety of formats.
Current Non-Credit Courses
- Emotional Intelligence for Professionals
Emotional Intelligence is now considered the most important skill of the 21st century, particularly for Leaders, and the greatest predictor of personal and organizational success. At its core, Emotional Intelligence is grounded in understanding yourself at a deep level and using that understanding to guide and manage your actions and behaviors. People who incorporate Emotional Intelligence in their professional lives report a higher level of personal effectiveness and career satisfaction.
This fully immersive 5-module course takes you on a journey that begins with:
- A basic understanding of the science and business benefits of Emotional Intelligence
- The course will also provide a deep understanding of your self-awareness through a series of assessments
- How to regulate your behavior and understand those troublesome emotional triggers
- Communication and conversation planning skills to build rapport and authentic connection with others
- Building Mindfulness and using it as a tool for interpersonal effectiveness
- How to effectively highlight your newly acquired emotional intelligence knowledge through resumes, job interviews, and social media
Learn more or register for our next session of Emotional Intelligence for Professionals!
- Water Wellness (Aquasize)
The Water Wellness Workout course is designed to introduce and maintain personal fitness in a water medium. Participants will experience a variety of exercise routines specific to improving activities of daily living and muscle tone. Open to swimmers and non-swimmers. Geared toward aging adults, but adults of all ages are welcome.
Offered at the Aquatics Center on the CWU Ellensburg campus, this class meets Monday through Thursday, 9:00 - 9:50 am.
- Wildcat Community ESL
The Wildcat ESL class provides English language classes for community residents and CWU employees who want to improve their English language knowledge and skills. Students can expect a wide variety of teaching and learning activities that will help them meet their language goals.
- LSAT Prep Course
Get ready for the biggest test of your life!
Learn practical skills to help you succeed and earn a score that will make you competitive at the nation's top law schools. Train with a CWU Professor and practicing lawyer who knows how difficult the LSAT can be, and how to do well on it. This course will teach you basic study and test-taking skills, as well as prepare you for success in Logical Reasoning, Logic Games/Analytical Reasoning, Reading Comprehension, and your Writing Sample. After completion of this course, you will be ready to take, and succeed on, the LSAT.
- 18 Week Coding Bootcamps
Become a Software Developer
Learn high demand skills that will make you a competitive developer in a rapidly expanding industry. This program is offered through Central Washington University Continuing Education in collaboration with Promineo Tech. Promineo Tech partners with colleges to prepare participants for high-growth careers in software development.
Promineo Tech is a group of IT professionals and leaders who believe that quality education should be offered at an affordable price.
Most bootcamps run a Full Stack Software Developer program, but we found that it's better to specialize in either Front End or Back End. Because of this, we offer two separate, full-length programs - one for each stack. This way, students spend more time mastering their selected track and becoming strong candidates for a role in development.
- Agribusiness Certificates
This fall, Central Washington University will roll out two new continuing education certificates geared toward the needs of Washington’s growing food and agriculture industry.
- Career and Technical Education (CTE) Certification Program
Combining your career, industry, or teaching knowledge with a CTE certificate opens doors to teaching CTE programs in middle and high schools, as well as skill centers.
CWU offers Career and Technical Education (CTE) teaching courses for current teachers and business and industry professionals. Central’s CTE Teacher Preparation program is uniquely designed for busy, working professionals.
During the academic year, classes meet one Saturday a month and are offered in locations across the state. For those looking for a shorter and more intensive experience, some courses are also offered during the summer in locations throughout Washington.
Course requirements can be satisfied in as little as five weeks for residency teachers, and one to two years for industry professionals.
Learn more about our Career and Technical Education Certification Program.
- Family & Consumer Sciences Education (FCSE) Masters/Endorsement Teacher Preparation Program
The Family and Consumer Sciences Education graduate program is part of a consortium of universities that are connected through Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (GPIDEA).
While CWU is your home university where you will apply, register for courses and receive your diploma, you will benefit from the diverse perspectives and unique strengths brought by classmates and expert faculty at partner universities.
As a student in CWU’s Family and Consumer Sciences Education graduate program, you will achieve your personal and professional goals through convenient, flexible, high-quality coursework you can complete anytime, anywhere. You will learn from expert faculty who bring real-life experience to the coursework and are committed to helping you transition your learning beyond the online classroom into your career.
- VESi Clock Hour and Professional Development Credit Courses
CE partners with VESi to offer online courses for educators for both Professional Development Credits (500-level) and Washington State Clock Hours.
View our VESi Course Catalog to see if there's a class for you.
- Central Washington Writing Project Summer Institute
College, Career, and Community Writers Program (C3WP)
Join us online for the C3WP Summer Institute. The Central Washington Writing Project Institute immerses teachers in the College, Career, and Community Writers Program research-proven, scaffolded instructional strategies and formative assessments that prepare all students to read critically, explore multiple perspectives, and write source-based arguments/opinions in grades 4-12. Participants develop a plan for integrating C3WP resources and formative assessments in the curriculum.
Learn more or register for the 2022 Central Washington Writing Project Summer Institute.