Professional Development Programs

Polish your skills, enhance your career, achieve your professional goals

Lifelong learning through continuing education is a proven tool for keeping your skills current and achieving your professional goals in a contanstly changing world. UW-Madison Continuing Studies professional development programs connect you with highly qualified, credentialed leaders in a wide range of fields who can help you get to where you want to be. We offer classes, certificates, national conferences, and consultations. All of our programs qualify for Continuing Education Units (CEUs), and many courses are approved for specific licensure renewal credits.

At a glance

What: Classes, certificates, and conferences keeping your skills, and credentials current and your resumé standing out in an increasingly competitive environment

Who: Taught by highly qualified UW-Madison faculty, researchers, experts, and professional practitioners in each program area

Where/when: Throughout the year in Madison-area face-to-face programs as well as many online classes

Questions? Email info@dcs.wisc.edu or call 608‑262‑1156, or visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Teaching online is the speciality of Continuing Studies’ Distance Education Professional Development (DEPD). Former curriculum director Erin McCloskey (EdD, Harvard) talks about key concepts and practices of online learning.

Featured certificate programs
Through a 9-month series of face-to-face classes and teleconferences, you become adept at helping others see new perspectives, get unstuck, and find the courage to take bold actions.
Motivational Interviewing (MI) is an evidence-based, well-established approach to promoting positive behavior change.
Designed to equip counselors, coaches, educators, and other healthcare personnel with necessary counseling tools focused on assisting people in finding healing in the midst of loss.

Program Areas

Aging & Long-Term Care
Programs of the highest quality—evidence-based and taught by leading researchers and UW-Madison faculty specializing in geriatric psychiatry.

Career Workshops
Thinking about a new career direction? Each semester workshops like “Career Change 101” and “Tools for a Purposeful Career Change” help you take stock and assessing your options.

Diversity & Inclusivity
New insights and real, sustainable change only happen when people can interact in an environment that fosters openness, honesty, and respect.

Ethics & Boundaries
Get the skills and certification you need to navigate the complicated ethics and boundaries dilemmas of our time.

Human Services
High-quality workshops and certificates to keep professionals and practitioners up-to-date on the latest research and best practices.

Languages
Many business and workplace situations today demand proficiency in more than English. Continuing Studies offers classes in Spanish, French, German, Portuguese and other languages in face-to-face, intensive, and online formats ideal for professional students.

Leadership, Management, & Workplace Skills
Whether you’re leading, managing, facilitating, or collaborating, these programs will help you accomplish remarkable results in today’s challenging work world.

Life Coaching
Individual courses for anyone interested in learning more about life coaching or wishing to keep their certification skills current, and a 9-month certificate program for those looking to become a certified life coach.

Marketing & Design
Marketing and design go hand-in-hand to effectively get your product or service noticed and recognized, both within your own business and to the outside world.

Mediation & Conflict Resolution
Learn the fine art of bringing people together in professional and personal contexts.

Mental Health
High-quality workshops, certificates, and conferences keeping professionals and practitioners up-to-date on the latest research and best practices.

Substance Use Disorders
High-quality, innovative programs to keep professionals current with the latest research and best practices relevant to their field.

Teaching Online
Shaping the future of online learning with more than 100 years’ experience in educational innovation.

Wellness
Classes for practitioners and the broader community focused on attaining and enhancing physical, emotional, and lifestyle health