Professional Development Summer Studies

These professional development programs are new for 2020!

These special non-credit professional development courses can help you build your professional credentials, advance your career skills, and explore your interest areas. They are available at just $250 per credit hour equivalent! See details below.

Register for Professional Development Classes

Visiting and Non-FDU Students

For help in registering for a professional development certificate or badge, email achieve@fdu.edu or call 1-800-338-8803.

 Current FDU Graduate Students

  • Explore non-credit professional development offerings on WebAdvisor. (Click “Log In” in lower right corner)
  • Register online through WebAdvisor.
  • Arrange for a summer payment plan on WebAdvisor, if interested.

Current FDU Undergraduates

  • Explore non-credit professional development offerings on WebAdvisor. (Click “Log In” in lower right corner)
  • Register for classes online on WebAdvisor. (Click “Log In” in lower right corner)
  • Arrange for a summer payment plan on WebAdvisor, if interested.

International Students

Currently enrolled FDU international students should email the Office of International Student Services for assistance in planning and registering for non-credit professional development offerings or call 201-692-2743 (Metropolitan Campus) or 973-443-8672 (Florham Campus).

Prospective FDU international students should email the Office of International Student Admissions for assistance in registering for non-credit professional development offerings or call 201-692-2743 (Metropolitan Campus) or 973-443-8672 (Florham Campus).

Creative Writing Badge

Program Overview

Creative writers are more than just good storytellers. Their skills match up well with careers in journalism, communications, public relations, teachers, education, and more. If you love to write, this all-online, non-credit program lets you focus on writing as a craft. Complete our 10-week, non-credit courses in one of four areas — Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Poetry, or Writing for Young Adults and Children — and begin earning a badge to recognize your accomplishment.

You’ll have the opportunity to study with our faculty of nationally acclaimed and award-winning authors and poets, including René Steinke, Renée Ashley, Coe Booth, Rebecca Chace, Walter Cummins, David Daniel, Donna Freitas, David Grand, H. L. Hix, Idra Novey, Minna Proctor, Eliot Schrefer and Rosie Schaap.

These highly personalized courses will meet you wherever you are in your writing journey, and instruction will be tailored to your skill level and interests.

Who Should Enroll

Individuals who are interested in exploring their creative writing ambitions in an informal way; writers who want to prepare for a master of fine arts application (MFA) or “test” their skills before applying for an MFA degree; and MFA alumni who wish to further their writing skills in one area or another.

Note: Courses in this program cannot be applied toward FDU’s MFA in Creative Writing

Program Information

Dates: June 15 to Aug. 22

Tuition: $1,500 per course (6 credit hours equivalent), plus a $25 application fee

Course Requirements: Students must complete an application and submit a brief writing sample. Two courses in an area must be successfully completed to earn a badge.

Course Structure: Each online course will include:

  • Asynchronous weekly online writing lessons. These may consist of readings and writing prompts, or brief lectures.
  • Online workshops every other week, either using Zoom or another online platform.

CRWR 7554 Creative Nonfiction Writing A

A focus on nonfiction writing (memoir, travel-writing, reported stories), which includes a review of the basic skills in characterization, plot, description, working with sources and other aspects of narrative. To improve their skills, students complete weekly writing assignments which they will share their with their peers in an online workshop. June 15 to Aug. 22

CRWR7550 Fiction Writing A

Includes a review of the basic skills in characterization, plot, description, and other aspects of storytelling. Weekly lessons are designed to inspire writing and improve skills. Students will also participate in online workshops to share their work with other students. June 15 to Aug. 22

CRWR 7552  Poetry Writing A

Learn the basic elements of writing poetry, including sonic patterns, metaphor and form. In addition to weekly writing assignments to inspire you and improve your skills, students also participate in online workshops to share their work with other students. June 15 to Aug. 22

CRWR 7556  Writing for Young Adults and Children A

Students learn to improve their skills in fiction writing for teens and middle-grade readers, including a review of the basic skills in characterization, plot, description and other aspects of storytelling. Students improve their skills through weekly assignments. Online workshops allow students to share their work with other students. June 15 to Aug. 22


Customer Experience Optimization Certificate

Program Overview

This non-credit certificate program, presented as a webinar, gives managers at any level the ability to assess friction between an organization and its clients and engineer changes to reduce or eliminate that friction. Taught by experts in the field, the program includes live exercises that feature role playing and group work.

Program Details

Dates: Section I: June 22-29; Section II: July 6-13; Section III: July 20-27

Times: In-person online classes are held Monday through Thursday, 9:30 to 11:30 AM. All classes also will be recorded, giving students the option of asynchronous learning at their convenience.

Tuition: $250 per module (each module is one credit hour equivalent)

Course Requirements: All three modules must be successfully completed to earn a certificate.

Section I: PADM6706 Service Fundamentals

Seeking and listening to the “voice of the customer” and using role-playing and journey mapping to resolve problems and reduce friction.  June 22-29

Section II: PADM6707 Client-Focused Change

How to actually make changes in organizations to reduce client friction and to prevent problems. Includes a class project in process mapping.  July 6-13

Section III: PADM6708 Advanced Topics in Customer Experience

Organizational alignment (including reward system, strategy alignment, and a quick look at balanced scorecards/cascading), linkage analysis how-to, 360° feedback, details of customer surveys, focus groups and interviews.  July 20-27


Cybersecurity Administration Certificate

Program Overview

FDU’s 9-week, non-credit Certificate in Cybersecurity Administration aims to equip today’s professionals to become a part of this fast-paced, rewarding industry. Whether you’re a manager looking to understand and improve your company’s network security infrastructure, an IT professional seeking to enter the field of cybersecurity, or an executive seeking a thorough understanding of cyber threats, our program will help ensure you have the skills you need to meet any challenge.

This unique program emphasizes hands-on learning and real-world case studies that enable you to hit the ground running and allow you to progress from basic foundational concepts to making critical and strategic decisions about your organization’s infrastructure security and networks.

Who Should Enroll

Managers and IT professionals and executives who want a thorough understanding of cybersecurity techniques and cyber threats.

Program Information

Dates: June 1 to July 31 — three consecutive 3-week courses

Tuition: $250 per course (Each course is 1 credit hour equivalent)

Course Requirements: All three courses must be successfully completed to earn the certificate.

Course Structure: All-online asynchronous learning; may include Zoom meetings

CYBA1001.E1D Introduction to Networking and Internet Traffic Flow

Understand the basic structure of the internet and the fundamental concepts behind networks both large and small. Learn basic concepts of how devices communicate on the internet and how the physical components such as routers, switches, firewalls, web servers and domain name systems (DNS) make up the backbone of the internet. This is a hands-on course that emphasizes lab-based learning. June 1 to June 19

CYBA1002.E1D Infrastructure Security and Administration

Discover the science of designing and implementing secure, robust and efficient infrastructure for your organization. Whether your organization is migrating to a Cloud platform or developing its own private cloud, building a secure foundation is critical to your organization’s long-term success. June 22 to July 10

CYBA1003.E1D Cyber Forensics and Threat Mitigation

This course explores how and where cyber threats emerge and how these threats can be traced back to their originators. This class also delves into real-world threat mitigation and emergency threat response techniques for organizations large and small. July 13 to July 31


Focus on Digital Marketing Certificate

Program Overview

Digital marketing — one of the most important parts of today’s marketing mix because of its revenue-generating potential — covers everything from creating content to analyzing data. In our connected world, organizations need to know how to use the internet effectively to identify, reach, build loyalty and convert prospective consumers. During this three-course, non-credit program, you’ll develop the basic skills and marketing knowledge needed to create and implement effective digital strategies.

Who Should Enroll

Anyone interested in enhancing their skills portfolio related to digital marketing.

Program Information

Dates: June 8 to Aug. 9

Tuition:  $250 per course (Each course is 1 credit hour equivalent)

Course Requirements: All three courses must be successfully completed to earn a certificate

MKTG 5201: Develop Your Marketing Strategy (June 8 to 28)

The primary focus of this course will be on the construction of a marketing plan/proposal for a brand extension of an existing brand.

MKTG 5202: Understand Digital Marketing (June 29 to July 19)

This course explores digital marketing trends from a theoretical and practical perspective, examining topics such as website design and SEO, as well as current digital marketing tools and analytics, with which to develop, implement and evaluate effective digital marketing programs.

MKTG 5203: Social Media Marketing (July 20 to Aug. 9)

This course explores how to create a social media marketing plan for a client to accomplish its specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-based (SMART) objectives.


Focus on Entrepreneurship & Innovation Certificate

 Program Overview

Innovation and entrepreneurial skills are critical to the success of any organization — from start-ups to major corporations, health care systems to non-profit agencies. By embracing these skills, organizations learn to anticipate and seize opportunities in every area of operation. This non-credit, three-course certificate program will prepare you to introduce, engage in, and even help lead innovation and entrepreneurship activities in your organization.

Who Should Enroll

Anyone interested in enhancing their skills portfolio in Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Program Information

Dates: June 8 to Aug. 9

Tuition: $250 per course (Each course is 1 credit hour equivalent)

Course Requirements: All three courses must be successfully completed to earn a certificate

ENTR 5201: Ideation & Design Thinking

This course helps you generate innovative business ideas through the design thinking process, and learn how to transform them into products/solutions through rapid and effective iterative testing.(June 8 to 28)

ENTR 5202: Target Customers and Value Proposition

Understand and identify your target customers through interviewing potential customers and key stakeholders.(June 29 to July 19)

ENTR 5203: Launching New Venture 

Learn how to develop a complete business model using Business Model Canvas (BMC). (July 20 to Aug. 9)

Focus on Refreshing Your Supervisor Skills Certificate

Program Overview

An effective supervisor has a vital role in leading a team to reach its goals. To do that, supervisors must understand the needs of the organization and plan the team’s response to meet those needs.  This three-course, non-credit certificate program is focused on refreshing and enhancing your skills as a supervisor.

Who Should Enroll

Anyone interested in enhancing their skills portfolio in management.

Program Information

Dates: June 8 to Aug. 9

Tuition: $250 per course (Each course is 1 credit hour equivalent)

Course Requirements: All three courses must be successfully completed to earn a certificate

MGMT 5201: Building Teams 

Explore why teams derail and how to help them work better. (June 8 to June 28)

MGMT 5202: Motivation and Leadership

Develop the skill set and self-awareness essential for effective leadership. (June 29 to July 19)

MGMT 5203: Cultural Differences, Conflict, and Negotiation

Leverage conflict and negotiation to create value and better outcomes. (July 20 to Aug. 9)


Online Instructional Design Certificate

Program Overview

Online instructional designers in both educational and corporate settings create educational and training materials for learners of all ages. This 9-week, non-credit certificate in Online Instructional Design will provide critical skills for those new to the field of e-learning who are interested in gaining expertise in online teaching, e-learning, and distance program design and delivery.

You will gain a solid foundation in developing e-learning courses, using instructional technology to engage and motivate learners, and applying instructional design models and theories.

Who Should Enroll

Professionals who support and improve learning in their organizations; lifelong learners who want to better understand how to use technology to manage their own learning.

Program Information

Dates: June 1 to July 31 — Three consecutive 3-week-long courses

Tuition: $250 per course (Each course is 1 credit hour equivalent)

Course Requirements: All three courses must be successfully completed to earn the certificate.

Course Structure: All-online asynchronous learning; may include Zoom meetings

 

 

INSD1001.E1D Principles of E-Learning Instructional Design

This course introduces participants to online and web-based learning including an overview of the current models of e-learning. Students explore current learning theories incorporating principles of online learning such as the traditional module development and more contemporary online course development models. Participants also examine the roles and responsibilities of both online students and instructors.

Through group and individual assignments, students design and create online lesson prototypes; write measurable learning objectives that align with assessments; integrate task analyses, and examine how online learning communities promote collaborative learning. The course uses a range of interactive instructional techniques, including projects, cases, and implementation, and introduces online techniques for effective distance instruction and includes ADA regulatory compliance principles. June 1 to June 19

INSD1002.E1D Exploring E-Learning Development Tools

Explore and expand your knowledge of various industry-standard e-learning development tools by comparing their usability, publishing options, interactivity and assessment options, cost, and support. Tools demonstrated may include Blackboard Collaborate, Adobe Captivate, Camtasia, SoftChalk Publishing, or others. Participants will gain a better understanding of which medium is best suited to meet their learning objectives or business goals. The process of evaluating and selecting the correct tool and exploring the practical uses of each application will assist the participant in addressing the issues of development time, costs, and geography faced by many industries and companies. This class provides participants the opportunity to explore various e-learning and with the e-options and scenarios where these tools may be used. June 22 to July 10

INSD1003.E1D Designing and Developing Interactive E-Learning

Interactive e-learning has been considered a must in developing e-learning programs. This course teaches students the different types of interactive designs and provides learners the hands-on experience and the step-by-step process of interactive e-learning implementation. The course will help participants apply different models of interactive e-learning design, with specific emphasis on the utilization of gamification, badging, credentialing, social learning, community development, and other cutting-edge interactive e-learning approaches. This course will also discuss the role of usability and user testing in developing more complex interactive e-learning experiences. July 13 to July 31


Online Student Services Administration Certificate

Program Overview

Student services professionals support student success and engagement as part of a college’s or university’s overall educational mission. Good practices in student services build supportive and inclusive campus communities.

But what do those services look like when students aren’t on campus? With the arrival of an era that has required higher education to go entirely online, colleges and universities must learn to deliver high-quality student services in the virtual environment. During this 9-week, non-credit certificate program, you will be introduced to the best practices for achieving successful student services administration in online environments.

Who Should Enroll

Higher education student service officers, including counselors advisers, financial aid, admissions, and academic support staff.

Program Information

Dates: June 1 to July 31 — Three consecutive 3-week courses

Tuition: $250 per course (Each course is 1 credit hour equivalent)

Course Requirements: All three courses must be successfully completed to earn the certificate.

Course Structure: All-online asynchronous learning; may include Zoom meetings

 

OSSA1001.E1D Technology Foundations in Online Higher Education

This course provides an overview of the following topics related to planning and using technology: instructional technology models; internet resources; web design; networking and database fundamentals; technology standards; technology integration strategies; assessment and evaluation; societal, legal, and ethical issues; social media and related strategies; and collaborative planning of technology programs in an era of virtual campus service delivery and online learning. June 1 to June 19

OSSA1002.E1D Online Program Strategies for Special Populations in Distance Education Environments

This course explores designing programs for the wide range of populations attending colleges —students with disabilities, bilingual populations, and other targeted groups that add to the diversity of the institutions and how to best serve them in a virtual educational environment. June 22 to July 10

OSSA1003.E1D Online Mentoring Students for Success

The role of individuals involved in the area of student services is broad, and it involves counseling for academic success and future achievements. This course explores the mentoring processes as well as concepts of counseling that can be conducted effectively online. July 13 to July 31


Professional and Technical Writing Certificate

Program Overview

Good writing skills are essential to success in your career as well as your everyday life. This program consists of four non-credit courses focused on helping you build a strong foundation in writing effectively. Employers cite solid written communication skills among the top qualities they look when hiring.

FDU’s all-online, non-credit Professional and Technical Writing Certificate teaches the fundamentals—and more!—of effective writing for the workplace and other professional audiences. Professional and technical writers gain employment with writing skills that dovetail with content-area knowledge in fields including medicine and health, criminal justice, global politics, sales and marketing, finance, product development, and many more.

For those who do not want to work full time as writers, this certificate is still intensely relevant to creating many workplace documents, including reports and white papers, press releases, business and professional proposals, grant applications, fund-raising letters, ad copy, website copy, and communication with clients.

Who Should Enroll

Professionals who want to develop the tools and strategies to write more effectively and efficiently. This program also provides excellent preparation for current college students and recent graduates interested in honing their writing skills for the workplace.

Program Information

Dates: Summer I (May 18 to June 27) and Summer III (June 29 to Aug. 8)

Course Requirements: All four courses must be successfully completed to earn a certificate

Tuition: $750 per course (Each course is 3 credit hours equivalent)

WRIT5101 Introduction to Professional and Technical Writing

Introduction to Professional Writing is a multidisciplinary course informed by the needs of students, educators, businesses, and society. Students will learn about how technology and new media alter where and how people work, and create the types of documents they will need to produce and share in professional environments. Students will craft clear, compelling, persuasive documents through the use of effective organization, logic, and style in both print and digital formats. May 18 to June 27

WRIT5102 Advanced Grammar and Editing for Professional and Online Writing 

Students will learn the fundamentals of structural editing, copy editing, and proofreading that can be applied in a variety of professional settings. This course provides in-depth instruction on Standard English grammar, tools and technologies used for editing, and strategies for effectively collaborating on editing projects. May 18 to June 27

WRIT5103 Digital Writing and Multimedia

This course teaches students to analyze and create digital texts that are commonly used in professional settings. Whereas print-based writing focuses solely on the written word, digital compositions incorporate still and moving image, audio content, elements of design in order to communicate ideas. Students will learn to use these resources strategically in order to create compelling and effective digital communications. June 29 to Aug. 8

WRIT5104 Information and the Workplace: Training 21st-Century Information-Seekers

This course will focus on the workplace skills needed to sort through information, evaluate it for accuracy, and use it purposefully and ethically. Through hands-on projects that use both internet and library-based subscription resources, this course will prepare and empower students to become effective creators and consumers of information. June 29 to Aug. 8