What is the difference
between a credit course and a Continuing
- Credit courses are generally taken as part of a
degree program and provide college credits.
- Noncredit courses are offered to provide a purposeful and
systematic process of acquiring and recording lifetime learning for
individuals who are not enrolled in a formally structured curriculum.
- Noncredit courses provide Continuing
Education Units (CEU)s.
Why would I want to take
- These are courses you will
take to increase your knowledge of skills-either to help you on the job or
for your personal enrichment.
- You will not earn "traditional"
college credits toward
a degree, although you may earn Continuing
Education Units or CEUs which
will be recorded on a Continuing Education transcript as Continuing
Education Units (CEUs).
- Some courses may last only a couple of hours;
others may meet over several weeks.
What are Continuing
Education Units (CEUs)?
- CEUs are recognized nationally to record
satisfactory completion of certain approved occupationally related programs.
- Courses are offered throughout the county at a variety of sites depending on
the types of courses and availability of facilities.
Will I receive a certificate once I
complete my course?
Education does not offer certificates*
for any individual courses.
- However, you may request an official school
Education Units (CEUs) are awarded for successful
- One CEU is awarded for each ten (10) contact hours of
instruction included in a specified Continuing
education program or
- Successful completion is attendance-based, unless otherwise noted
with "Passed Competencies: under "CEUs Earned."
- Ninety percent attendance is
required for successful completion.
- For transcript requests call,
*Certificates are awarded for a Certificate
Locations for Continuing
Division works closely with the credit program to offer concurrent
enrollment in some credit classes. Space is limited for concurrent
- Participants in
concurrent courses are expected to attend class regularly, complete all
assignments and take tests.
- Concurrent students earn Continuing
Units (CEUs), not semester credit hours.
- Refunds are based on Continuing Education
- If you wish to receive semester credit hours for a concurrent
course, you must enroll through the credit registration process rather than
- For more information, call 972.881.5114 or for
McKinney residents, 972.548.6790 ext. 5114.
How can I get more
information about the contents of a course?
Syllabus Depot which has expanded information for the courses offered by
Are there any
prerequisites for Continuing
- Many courses specify
- These prerequisites are stated to ensure
students have prior kowledge & skills required to get the best out of
the course & to be successful in that course.
- We recommend that you take the time to talk to the CE Advisor or
Program Director for that area by
Comments and Suggestions?
Please visit the
page to email your comments or suggestions.
Do you have a question?
Please visit the
page to email your questions.
Continuing Education and Workforce Development Staff
Associate Vice President of Continuing Education and Workforce Development
Director of Small Business Development Center
of Workforce & Economic Development
Continuing Education Health Science Staff