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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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German 1

Subject Area: LanguagesGerman
Master the basics of German: numbers, the alphabet, introducing yourself and having simple conversations while learning about German culture.
Upcoming Dates
  • Jan. 23, 2024–April 23, 2024
    $259
    Live online

Coding Bootcamp

Offered through UW Extended Campus, the University of Wisconsin Coding Boot Camp is a deeply engaging online full-stack web development course that gives you the knowledge and skills to build dynamic end-to-end web applications and become a full-stack web developer in 24 weeks.
Upcoming Dates
  • Feb. 26, 2024–Aug. 19, 2024
    $11,995
    Live online

Introduction to Urdu Language and Culture

Subject Area: Languages
In this introductory-level Urdu language and culture class, participants will have the opportunity to gain a solid foundation in Urdu and learn about the rich cultural traditions of Pakistan and other Urdu-speaking regions.
Upcoming Dates
  • Feb. 26, 2024–May 5, 2024
    $259
    Group-paced

Spanish 0

Subject Area: LanguagesSpanish
This newly-revised mini-course sets you up for success in Spanish 1 with a slow introduction to the fundamentals of Spanish with proven strategies for learning a new language.
Upcoming Dates
  • Feb. 26, 2024–April 8, 2024
    $139
    Live online
  • Feb. 26, 2024–April 8, 2024
    $139
    Live online
  • April 16, 2024–May 21, 2024
    $144
    Live online
  • April 16, 2024–May 21, 2024
    $144
    Live online
  • May 15, 2024–June 19, 2024
    $144
    Live online

Motivational Interviewing: Advancing Skills Practice

This 20-hour course will be a mix of live online session(s) using the Zoom platform and self-directed learning in the Canvas online course site. The course is designed for learners who have intermediate knowledge and skills needed for the practice of Motivational Interviewing (MI) and want to strengthen their existing skillset. Participate in four, 3-hour, live online, instructor-led sessions, including lecture, discussion and small group practice sessions. Enhance your learning with 8-hours of required self-study coursework. Improve your MI practice through peer (one session) and instructor (two sessions) feedback from simulated client interviews. As a learner of this course, you are required to purchase a copy of Building Motivational Interviewing Skills: A Practitioner Workbook, Second Edition by David B. Rosengren (2017) by the start of the class. This required textbook is sold by many online vendors. Please look for ISBN number 9781462532063. It is generally available at Guildford Press or Amazon. How You'll Learn This course is delivered entirely online, with a mix of synchronous and asynchronous elements. Your online Canvas course site will open two weeks before the first live online skills-building workshop. Meet via Zoom for four live, online skills-building workshops (see schedule to the right).
Upcoming Dates
  • Feb. 27, 2024–April 30, 2024
    $875
    Live online

Building Motivational Interviewing Competency Certificate

This 35-hour online group-paced (12 hours of live skills-building workshops and 23 hours of self-paced study) course is for participants wanting to learn or relearn the knowledge and skills necessary to reach proficiency in the use of Motivational Interviewing (MI). MI is a well-established, evidence-based communication practice for addressing the behavioral change of clinical problems across multiple settings and systems.
Upcoming Dates
  • Feb. 29, 2024–April 23, 2024
    $1,399 The registration fee includes two practice sessions with a simulated client with instructor feedback and access to Canvas, an online learning management system. The course workbook is not included in the fee. Please see the summary for details on where the text can be purchased.
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Project Management for Everyone

Customizable
Project Management for Everyone is designed to offer a gradual and effective introduction to core project management principles. Establish an understanding of foundational knowledge, concepts and tools related to project management. This course is ideal for individuals with little to no prior experience in project management or those seeking additional reinforcement before progressing to "Fundamentals of Project Management."
Upcoming Dates
  • Feb. 29, 2024
    $339 govt./nonprofit $239
    Live online
  • May 20, 2024
    $339 govt./nonprofit $239
    Live

Teaching Transferable Skills in College Courses: Developing Career Readiness and Cultural Fluency

Customizable
Learn to teach communication, teamwork, critical thinking and self-motivated learning – four transferable skills strongly linked to student success. College educators and administrators gain a strong foundation in the theory, research and practical applications of these crucial skills.
Upcoming Dates
  • March 4, 2024–April 19, 2024
    $385 through Feb 18, $549 after
    $275 through Feb 18, $439 after, each for a Group 3+
    Group-paced
  • April 22, 2024–June 7, 2024
    $385 through March 31, $549 after
    $275 through March 31, $439 after, each for a Group 3+
    Group-paced

French 1

Subject Area: LanguagesFrench
This beginning-level class helps you master the basics of French with a proven communicative approach that emphasizes speaking competency while also building skills in listening, reading and writing. This practical course will quickly have you talking about family, work, cities and food. Students will need to purchase access to an online resource.
Upcoming Dates
  • March 5, 2024–May 14, 2024
    $259
    Live online
  • March 5, 2024–May 14, 2024
    $259
    Live online

Strategic Thinking, Planning and Organizational Transformation

Strategic planning provides both a process and a set of outcomes that help you find answers to core questions about organizational identity and direction. Discover how to construct your organization's strategic plan, involve other stakeholders in its development and ensure successful implementation.
Upcoming Dates
  • March 6–8, 2024
    $469; Govt./Nonprofit $369
    Live online

Management Assessment for Personal Planning and Development

This class will use the DiSC® assessment instrument to build self-awareness and explore the many facets that shape the way we see our world and function at work. By incorporating neuroscience and the DiSC® framework, we will learn to better understand our perspectives, identify and adapt to the perspectives of others, and to capture insightful synergies. We will discuss how to use tools and strategies to make this process easier so we can discover more options and solutions in our teams and projects.
Upcoming Dates
  • March 7–8, 2024
    $459; $359 gov't/nonprofit; $359 TIC
    Live online

Managing Projects Using Change Management Skills

Project management protocols don't often account for the changes in attitude and behavior that people will need to make to ensure the successful adoption of change. This workshop will focus on the integration of change management and project management processes and tools.
Upcoming Dates
  • March 7–21, 2024
    $429; gov't/nonprofit $329
    Live online
  • June 12–26, 2024
    $429; gov't/nonprofit $329
    Live online

Cultural Humility to Cultural Reverence: Foundational Application to Practice

Subject Area: Behavioral HealthHuman Services
This 4-hour course is instructed fully live online via Zoom. The goal of this course is to enhance your ability to serve increasingly diverse client populations and work with increasingly diverse teams. In this highly interactive course, we will explore in dedicated conversations the four principles of Cultural Humility: Self-Reflection and Lifelong Learning, Client as Expert, Community as Expert and Institutional Self-Reflection and Investment + Modeling. As an individual practitioner, ensure you are providing services respectful of the person's self-ascribed identity; as a leader, address quiet quitting, turnover and enhance your culture of inclusivity and belonging. 4 CE Hours | Instructors: Share Collaborative facilitators Noor Jawad & Shawn Smith | Audience: helping professionals, workplace leaders, and others
Upcoming Dates
  • March 12, 2024
    $129
    Live online
  • April 24, 2024
    $129
    Live online

French House Conversation

Subject Area: LanguagesFrench
Continue to refine your French conversational skills, practice your pronunciation, and brush up on grammar with a convivial group and an experienced instructor at the French House on UW–Madison's campus.
Upcoming Dates
  • March 13, 2024–April 17, 2024
    $249
    In-person

Grief Support Specialist Certificate

Subject Area: Behavioral HealthGrief and Loss
One-of-a-kind, practical educational online program. You'll get to know the instructor — an expert who understands the complexity of personal loss. Acquire knowledge and skills to enhance or create a professional specialty that focuses on supporting people who have suffered a major loss. 40 CE Hours | Canvas LMS | Instructor: Erica Srinivasan | Audience: Helping Professionals, funeral home directors, clergy and other religious leaders
Upcoming Dates
  • March 13, 2024–May 3, 2024
    $1,249 through February 28; $1,449 after
    Group-paced
  • Oct. 16, 2024–Dec. 6, 2024
    $1,249 through September 27; $1,449 after
    Group-paced

Leading for Racial Equity Certificate: Intensive Exploration and Practical Application

To earn this certificate, participants must attend all three days. The classes are offered in a highly participatory live-online format. Whether you already serve in a leadership role or aspire to, you have an opportunity to transform your team and organization by making the commitment to racial equity. This intensive on leading for racial equity will equip learners with the knowledge base, tools, and strategies key to yielding meaningful outcomes. Learners take a deep dive into what it means to be a racially equitable organization, evaluate their own organization’s readiness and strategize on the steps needed to embark on the path of anti-racism. Moreover, learners develop a comprehensive awareness of racial equity decision tools and how to utilize them to produce equitable budget allocation, program implementation and policy determination. In addition to the engaging and highly participatory full- and small-group live online training structure, learners have the opportunity to apply an equity-focused analysis to their own ongoing work projects. This approach empowers learners to see and assess the real-world potential for actualizing efforts toward equity.
Upcoming Dates
  • March 13, 2024–May 8, 2024
    $1,020; gov't/nonprofit $780
    Live online

Fundamentals of Project Management

Gain foundational knowledge and explore best practices in project management to build the personal knowledge, skill and confidence you need to effectively lead projects. Whether you're leading your first project or looking for strategies to ensure project success, you will benefit from this class.
Upcoming Dates
  • March 14–21, 2024
    $589; gov't/nonprofit $489
    Live online
  • June 13–20, 2024
    $589; gov't/nonprofit $489
    Live online

Introduction to Inclusive Leadership

New Course! Unlock the power of inclusive leadership to transform yourself and our communities. We'll embark on a journey of self-discovery and practice facilitating environments where every voice matters. By leading with curiosity and humility, we build relational trust and positive change. Throughout this course, participants will develop a nuanced understanding of cultural competence. This expanded perspective will equip you to navigate diverse contexts with sensitivity. Through discussion and real-world applications, you'll refine your skills in building relationships and promoting equity and belonging.
Upcoming Dates
  • March 19–21, 2024
    $429; gov't/nonprofit $329
    Live online

Leadership

Explore leadership characteristics and ways to strengthen your organization and support others' work. Learn about different leadership styles, public perceptions of leadership by sector and servant-leadership basics. Develop a personal leadership philosophy that contributes to your mission.
Upcoming Dates
  • March 20–22, 2024
    $459; Gov't/Nonprofit $359
    Live online

Spanish 1

Subject Area: LanguagesSpanish
This beginning-level language class (A1.1) explores the cultural richness of the Spanish-speaking world while helping you master the basics of Spanish with a proven communicative approach that emphasizes speaking competency while also building skills in listening, reading and writing. This practical course will quickly have you talking about life, family, work and travel.
Upcoming Dates
  • March 20, 2024–May 29, 2024
    $269
    Live online
  • March 20, 2024–May 29, 2024
    $269
    Live online