Continuing and Distance Education
Continuing and Distance Education (CDE) serves the University of Vermont’s commitment to lifelong learning and statewide outreach. Through the development and delivery of courses and programs on the UVM campus, online, and at designated off-campus locations (regionally, nationally, and internationally), CDE connects the resources of the university with the needs of diverse non-degree students year-round and undergraduate and graduate students during the summer and winter sessions. CDE’s innovative courses, programs, certificates, and professional education opportunities attract more than 8,000 individuals annually from Vermont and beyond.
Student services are available to individuals enrolled in Continuing and Distance Education credit courses and professional educational workshops and seminars. Student services coordinators guide non-degree students through the back to school process, and help current and potential students gain the necessary credentials to attain admission to a degree and/or professional school program. CDE representatives are available to help anyone register for any CDE learning opportunity. Serving as the dean’s office for non-degree students, Continuing and Distance Education provides access to the university’s academic resources and support services and helps direct students to the most appropriate office within the larger university. Non-degree students are encouraged to become familiar with the CDE office to learn how to maximize their educational experience. Please call (802) 656-2085 or (800) 639-3210 to speak with a student services staff member.
During the academic year courses are offered at varying times to provide greater access for the almost 3,000 non-degree students who enroll annually at the University of Vermont. CDE attracts high school students, pre-college and college students, pre-graduate/pre-professional students, and working professionals who are all interested in gaining credits on an official UVM transcript. Individuals who are aged 65+ and Vermont residents may attend, on a space available basis, tuition free. Individuals must pay course fees and comprehensive fees, if applicable. Such credits may be applied to UVM undergraduate and graduate programs and are often used in preparation for advanced and professional studies. Additionally, many students enroll in credit courses for personal enrichment as well as for professional certification and career advancement.
During the summer, more than 450 courses are offered on campus, online, around the state and throughout the world in various travel programs. Course registration is open to all learners. Courses are taught by UVM faculty, visiting professors or practitioners, and apply the same academic rigor as courses scheduled during the academic year.
The summer session offers entry-level courses designed for high school students to get ahead and get a taste of the university experience and for undergraduates to catch up on subjects which require more preparation. The summer session can also be an opportunity for undergraduates to take a course that is in high demand during the academic year or gain real world experience in an internship. Courses are also available in the summer session for professionals in education, healthcare, library science, engineering, public administration and environmental studies. In addition, advanced and graduate courses are included on the summer session’s roster.