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Find your way forward. Whether you’re upskilling to advance your career, improve client/patient outcomes, pursuing a new passion or something in between, our flexible online, in-person and hybrid classes are designed to work with your schedule, here on the UW–Madison campus or wherever you are in the world. Use the search filters to find the class, badge or certificate that works best for you.

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Basics of French Pronunciation

Subject Area: LanguagesFrench
Struggling with French pronunciation? Gain confidence speaking French with this short, flexible course that combines a clear understanding of the fundamentals of French pronunciation with practical exercises and personalized feedback from your instructor.
Upcoming Dates
  • July 1, 2024–June 30, 2025
    $195
    Self-paced

Create Your Own Music

If you've ever wanted to compose your own music, this course is for you! Beginners: Complete six composition activities modeled after exercises assigned to great composers. Experienced composers: Stretch your ideas in new or already completed pieces. Prerequisite: basic music notation skills.
Upcoming Dates
  • July 1, 2024–June 30, 2025
    $280
    Self-paced

How Music Works: The Tools of Music Theory

Subject Area: Humanities
This comprehensive study of music theory provides a complete set of tools handy for either a lifelong interest in music or preparing to take college entrance exams. Explore theoretical concepts in the context of real-world projects through the repertoires of famous composers.
Upcoming Dates
  • July 1, 2024–June 30, 2025
    $280
    Self-paced

Inclusive Leadership Certificate

This inclusive leadership training certificate consists of coursework designed for leaders and aspiring leaders committed to building effective and engaged teams through the recognition and encouragement of their members' individuality. The certificate consists of seven core required programs. Total class hours for the certificate are 45-50, depending on the electives chosen.
Upcoming Dates
  • July 1, 2024–June 30, 2025
    The total cost for the certificate; which requires successful completion of eight classes, is approximately $2,500–$3,300 depending on the profit/nonprofit status of the learner's organization. Consult the individual class listings for exact prices.
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Music, Art, and Society

Subject Area: Humanities
Explore relationships between the arts and issues in society; both in history and in the present day. No previous experience in art or music is required. Students can choose to complete any combination of the activities offered in the course. Options include listening and art activities (no experience necessary!), and short written reflections. Topics include Industrialization and Labor, the Great Depression, Science, Technology, and the Environment, Gender and Civil Rights, Ukrainian Freedom, Black Lives Matter, the Cajon, Protest and Inequality. Start at any time! and work at your own pace! Take up to a year to complete the course! This course is totally asynchronous and requires no in-person meetings. Feedback and discussions with the instructor take place over email.
Upcoming Dates
  • July 1, 2024–June 30, 2025
    $255
    Self-paced

Personality Disorders: Comprehensive Review of Assessment and Management

Subject Area: Behavioral HealthMental Health
In this 10-hour fully asynchronous course, learn a simple approach for distinguishing the 10 personality disorders: the notion that each disorder has a unique agenda that is repeated over and over again. This knowledge can help you recognize what is happening in the client's world. You also learn about attachment and attachment patterns.
Upcoming Dates
  • July 1, 2024–June 30, 2025
    $299
    Self-paced

Personalized Spanish Course

Subject Area: LanguagesSpanish
Do you need Spanish training tailored to your schedule and your needs? Whether you need to increase your Spanish-language skills for work or everyday life, our Personalized Spanish Course offers you the flexibility and professionalism that you need to succeed.
Upcoming Dates
  • July 1, 2024–June 30, 2025
    $2,499
    Self-paced

Spanish Writing: Brush Up the Past Tenses

Subject Area: LanguagesSpanish
Take your command of Spanish to the next level with this practical course. Brush up on those tricky past tenses, object pronouns and the subjunctive while learning to compose a well-written narrative. A Spanish-writing expert will give you personalized feedback on five writing assignments.
Upcoming Dates
  • July 1, 2024–June 30, 2025
    $209
    Self-paced

Spanish Writing: Brush Up the Basics

Subject Area: LanguagesSpanish
This practical course has something for everyone. Brush up your Spanish writing by eliminating common errors and growing your command of basic language skills. Perfect the use of written accent marks, articles, gender, word order and tricky verb conjugations.
Upcoming Dates
  • July 1, 2024–June 30, 2025
    $209
    Self-paced

Substance Use Disorders Counselor Certificate

Take your career to the next level by earning a Wisconsin Substance Use Disorders (SUDs) Counselor license. The UW Flexible Option SUDS Counselor Certificate offers a fully online option for fulfilling the required specialized educational hours. Register any time for six months of course access.
Upcoming Dates
  • July 1, 2024–June 30, 2025
    $2,250
    Self-paced

Spanish Book Club: Low Intermediate

Subject Area: LanguagesSpanish
Boost your confidence in Spanish with this short low intermediate (A2.1) course that provides the perfect transition from Spanish 3 to Spanish 4. Review essential grammar, learn new expressions and expand your vocabulary as you discuss a short novel with your instructor and other participants.
Upcoming Dates
  • July 25, 2024–Sep. 5, 2024
    $204
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  • July 25, 2024–Sep. 5, 2024
    $204
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Coaching Skills Sharpener Series/Group Mentoring

This series is designed to give learners practice and feedback on their coaching skills. Guided by an experienced and certified ICF Mentor Coach, participants work in groups of less than ten to practice skills required at the ICF’s PCC level. Participants earn 8 Continuing Coach Education (CCE) units upon completion.
Upcoming Dates
  • July 29, 2024–Sep. 23, 2024
    $595
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  • Oct. 7, 2024–Dec. 2, 2024
    $595
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A Coach Approach to Work Performance Feedback

Customizable
This specially designed class will focus on the how-tos of adopting a coaching style for giving work performance feedback. This is a class for leaders and managers who are ready to learn this approach and who want to understand and practice the key elements to utilize them right away.
Upcoming Dates
  • July 30, 2024–Aug. 8, 2024
    $475; $375 Gov't/Nonprofit
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  • Oct. 10–24, 2024
    $475; $375 Gov't/Nonprofit
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  • Jan. 21, 2025–Feb. 4, 2025
    $475; $375 Gov't/Nonprofit
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Great Lakes Motivational Interviewing Conference

Subject Area: Behavioral HealthMental Health
Join us on the beautiful University of Wisconsin Madison campus to learn more about the evidence-based practice of motivational interviewing, hone your current skills and network with others | Audience: Helping professionals, student affairs staff, correctional workers, managers, others.
Upcoming Dates
  • Aug. 7–9, 2024
    $490
    In-person

Business Spanish Certificate Program

Subject Area: LanguagesSpanish
Improve your professional proficiency in Spanish and gain the cultural knowledge you need to do business with clients and colleagues from across Spain and Latin America. Learn to communicate professionally via email, telephone and videoconferencing in this practical skills-based certificate.
Upcoming Dates
  • Aug. 14, 2024–Dec. 13, 2024
    $699
    Group-paced
  • Jan. 29, 2025–May 30, 2025
    $749
    Group-paced

Free course preview! Applied AI for Non-Technical Leaders

Join us for this free webinar, which previews our online course Applied AI for Non-Technical Leaders coming up on September 25 and October 9, 2024. If this webinar piques your interest, we hope you'll register for the full course. What you'll learn Artificial Intelligence stimulates so many opportunities — and a whole lot of questions. UW-Madison Continuing Studies is here to support leaders in the non-technical space who are no doubt grappling with the opportunities and inquiries Artificial Intelligence inspires. This FREE preview webinar offers a sneak peek into our new course "Applied AI for Non-Technical Leaders." In this preview webinar, participants will touch on ethical decision-making and view live demonstrations using AI. Join us and get a glimpse of the content we'll cover in the full course, facilitated by our full-course instructor. August 14th noon–12:45 p.m. CST Stacy Wilkes, Goddess.ai Who can attend? The webinar is free and open to leaders, managers and other professionals interested in learning more about this topic and registering for the Applied AI for Non-Technical Leaders course.
Upcoming Dates
  • Aug. 14, 2024
    Free
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Fundamentals of AI

This course is entirely online and self-paced with no live sessions with instructors. You can register and begin this course at any time. It is designed to take the average learner 3-4 hours to complete. This introductory course demystifies artificial intelligence by explaining what it is and how it works. You'll gain a fundamental understanding of Large Language Models (LLMs) and familiarize yourself with various AI tools. Learn how AI tools are commonly applied, as well as their strengths and limitations. Whether you're new to AI or looking to deepen your understanding, this course serves as a solid foundation for subsequent, more interactive coursework.
Upcoming Dates
  • Aug. 15, 2024–June 30, 2025
    $50
    Self-paced