Available Courses and Programs

WMU’s Office of Professional Development offers a number of unique noncredit programs. View the list below and click on the class titles for more information and to register.

Upcoming Courses

  • Sep 12


    Apr 9

    Saline Leadership Institute 8:30a.m. - 5p.m.
    Location: Rotates to business locations around the Saline MI area.
    Course Fees: $545 Cost for CEU Certificate: $20 # of CEUs: 6Overview: This 9 session Leadership Development Program meets one day a month throughout the Saline/Howell/Ann Arbor area. Topics covered include Leadership Disciplines, Team Learning, Systems Thinking, Mental Models, Managing Conflict and other important leadership topics.
    Audience: Adults who are interested in developing their leadership skills and increasing their community involvement.

    Contact: Diane Biondi Mukkala at the Saline Leadership Academy, (734) 219-3780
  • Oct 9


    Oct 11

    Michigan Autism Conference 2019 8a.m. - 5p.m.
    Location: Radisson Hotel, 100 W Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo MI
    Course Fees: $150 + cost of workshops Cost for CEU Certificate: $20 # of CEUs: 0.6-1.7Overview: The mission of the Michigan Autism Conference is to disseminate information and training on scientifically validated, behaviorally-based treatments to parents, caregivers, and professionals who work with and care for individuals with autism spectrum disorder, and to promote awareness and training of closely related conceptual, scientific, and ethical issues. This mission aims to increase functional skill development and decrease behavioral excesses to ensure individuals with autism can live enriched high-quality lives.
    Audience: Educators, Social Workers, Care-Givers, Practitioners and Parents

    Contact: Alyssa Jewett
  • Oct 11


    Oct 12

    Brain Science & Dyslexia: Research into Practice 8a.m. - 5p.m.
    Location: Fetzer Center, WMU Campus, Kalamazoo MI
    Course Fees: $200 Cost for SCECH Certificate: $20 # of SCECHs: 5.75-11.5Overview: This year's Michigan Branch of International Dyslexia Association, will provide conference attendees with the latest evidence-based research information on structured literacy with special focus on research and application.
    Audience: Educators, Researchers, Physicians, Psychologists, Tutors, Speech-Language pathologists, OTs, parents, people with dyslexia and their caregivers.

    Contact: Heidi Turchan
  • Oct 14


    Oct 16

    Sexuality Education & Developmental Disabilities 9a.m. - 5p.m.
    Location: Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council, 320 S. Walnut Street, Garden Level, Lansing MI 48910
    Course Fees: $25 Cost for CEU Certificate: $20 # of CEUs: 1.6 Cost for SCECH Certificate: $20 # of SCECHs: 16 Overview: This three day training is for teams of self-advocates, parents and professionals who want to learn how to lead sexuality education classes for people with developmental disabilities. We will discuss what makes a good sexuality educator and learn skills and tools for leading sexuality education classes.
    Audience: Parents, educators, self-advocates and other professionals

    Contact: Mary Shehan-Boogaard
  • Oct 23

    Coming Together 2019: A Community Conference on Addiction & Recovery 8a.m. - 5p.m.
    Location: Fetzer Center, WMU - 1903 W Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo MI 49008
    Course Fees: $125 Cost for CEU Certificate: $20 # of CEUs: 0.6 Overview: In collaboration with the Community Healing Centers and the Specialty Program in Alcohol and Drug Abuse at Western Michigan University, we seek to promote a better understanding of addiction and recovery by facilitating meaningful conversations and partnerships.
    Audience: Professionals from counseling, the legal system, medicine and higher education

    Contact: Chris Garrett
  • Oct 25


    Oct 26

    American Choral Directors Association - Michigan Fall 2019 Conference 8:30a.m. - 5:30p.m.
    Location: Dalton Center, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo MI 49008-5421 USA
    Course Fees: $130-225 Cost for CEU Certificate: $20 # of CEUs: 14 Overview: The American Choral Directors Association, Michigan conference, features top choral leaders from around the country and colleagues from around the state for two days of ideas that will help you make a difference with your choirs. There will be sessions geared toward church music, reading sessions, conducting masterclasses, student sessions - a rich set of offerings.
    Audience: Choral directors

    Contact: Clayton Parr

Past Courses in 2019

  • Apr 13

    2019 WMU English as a Second Language Conference for K-12 Educators 9a.m. - 5p.m.
    Location: Sangren Hall, WMU Main Campus, 1903 W Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo MI
    Program Fee: $15 Students, $30 Educators and Community Members and $45 on-site SCECH Credits: 5 Participant must attend program and sign attendance sheet. Once the conference is completed, Susan Piazza will provide forms for participants to receive SCECH credits. You will be given a URL in which to pay the $20 SCECH recording fee with a credit card upon completion of the program.
    Audience: Restricted to educators in Michigan and pre-service education students.

    Contact: Susan Piazza, susan.piazza@wmich.edu
  • Apr 23


    Apr 26

    Investigation of Gas and Electric Appliance Fires 8:30a.m. - 5p.m.
    Offered in 3 Locations:
    Location: Fire Findings, 2026 Plaza Drive, Benton Harbor, MI 49022
    Program Fee: $895 CEU Credits: 2.0 Participants must attend the entire program and sign attendance sheet. Once the trianing is completed, Janet Owsianka will provide forms for participants to receive CEU credits. You will be given a URL in which to pay the $20 CEU recording fee with a credit card upon completion of the program.
    Audience: For the fire investigation industry, firefighters, private insurance investigators, attorneys and insurance representatives.

    Contact: Janet Owsianka, (269) 925-2200, janeto@firefindings.com
  • June 10


    June 21

    The Medieval Book Waldo Library, WMU Main Campus
    1903 W Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49008
    A two-week immersion into the study of the medieval manuscript, with a focus on the material qualities of the books and other handwritten materials of the period, and with attention paid also to their characteristic texts and contexts. Learn more and register.
  • June 10


    June 21

    The Medieval Book Waldo Library, WMU Main Campus
    1903 W Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49008
    A two-week immersion into the study of the medieval manuscript, with a focus on the material qualities of the books and other handwritten materials of the period, and with attention paid also to their characteristic texts and contexts. Learn more and register.
  • June 17

    Picture This! Comprehension Strategies 9a.m. - 1p.m.
    Offered in 3 Locations:
       5250 Lovers Lane, Suite LL Suite 110, Portage, MI
       2650 Horizon Dr. SE, Suite 230, Grand Rapids, MI
       410 North Third Ave., Big Rapids, MI
    Program Fee: $275 SCECH Credits: 3 Participant must attend program and sign attendance sheet. Once the conference is completed, SLD Read will provide forms for participants to receive SCECH credits. You will be given an email address to pay the $20 SCECH recording fee upon completion of the program.
    Audience: Anyone working to understand the theory behind the process of transferring thought (pictures) to words and techniques used for teaching comprehension through imagery and vocalizing.

    Contact: Amy Walker, awalker@sldread.org
  • June 18


    June 20

    Phonics Fundamental for Educators 8:30a.m. - 2:30p.m.
    Offered in 3 Locations:
       5250 Lovers Lane, Suite LL Suite 110, Portage, MI
       2650 Horizon Dr. SE, Suite 230, Grand Rapids, MI
       410 North Third Ave., Big Rapids, MI
    Program Fee: $745 SCECH Credits: 14 Participant must attend program and sign attendance sheet. Once the conference is completed, SLD Read will provide forms for participants to receive SCECH credits. You will be given an email address to pay the $20 SCECH recording fee upon completion of the program.
    Audience: Teachers, this comprehensive and intensive course provides teachers with the necessary strategies and tools to deliver high-quality Phonics Fundamentals IMSLEC accredited lessons based on the Orton-Gillingham approach.

    Contact: Amy Walker, awalker@sldread.org
  • July 1


    Aug 1

    Trauma Informed Care for the Classroom 8:30a.m. - 3:30p.m.
    Location: Hybrid. Both face-to-face and online material. Interested attendees should reach out to the contact below for more information.
    Program Fee: $65-125 SCECH Credits: 7-13.45 hours Many students are entering the classroom enduring a tremendous amount of adversity and exhibiting pain-base behaviors. When educators have a foundational understanding of traumatic experiences and brain-aligned discipline, they can effectively implement tools and strategies to co-regulate behaviors with students. During this course, participants will gain an overview understanding of trauma and how to successfully create a classroom climate and culture that supports resiliency. Once the program is completed, Regena Nelson will provide forms for participants to receive SCECH credits. You will be given a URL in which to pay the $20 SCECH recording fee with a credit card upon completion of the program.
    Audience: Educators and the public.

    Contact: Regena Nelson, nelsonr@wmich.edu
  • July 15


    July 19

    Forensic Science Workshop 8:15a.m. - 3:35p.m.
    Location: Wood Hall, WMU Main Campus, 1903 W Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo MI
    Program Fee: $400 SCECH Credits: 50 This program also qualifies for 2 graduate level credits at WMU. To learn more about how to earn the graduate credits and the associated costs, please contact Dr. Charles Henderson, (269) 387-4951.
    Participant must attend program and sign daily attendance sheet. Once the conference is completed, Kathy Mirakovitz will provide forms for participants to receive SCECH credits. You will be given a URL in which to pay the $20 SCECH recording fee with a credit card upon completion of the program.
    Audience: K-16 teacher, graduate student, other professionals and the public.

    Contact: Kathy Mirakovitz, kmirakovits@gmail.com
  • July 23


    July 25

    2019 WMU Recycled Fiber Course 8a.m. - 4:30p.m.
    Location: Paper Pilot Plant, 4651 Campus Drive - WMU, Kalamazoo MI
    Course Fees: $1200 - $1450 Cost for CEU Certificate: $20 # of CEUs: 2 Audience: Veterans and those new to the paper recycling industry. Those wishing to broaden and update their knowledge of the basics of recycled fiber collection, processing, use and market drivers.

    Contact: Lon Pschigoda II, General Manager, WMU Paper Pilot Plants, lon.pschigoda@wmich.edu
  • Oct 2

    Person-Centered Planning 8a.m. - 12p.m.
    Location: Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council, 320 S. Walnut Street, Garden Level, Lansing MI 48910
    Course Fees: Free Cost for CEU Certificate: $20 # of CEUs: 0.3 Cost for SCECH Certificate: $20 # of SCECHs: 3 Overview: Participants will be able to define Person-Centered Planning. The presenter will lead participants through a workshop about Person-Centered Planning and Independent Facilitation.
    Audience: Professional Learning Communities

    Contact: Mary Shehan-Boogaard
  • Sep 11


    Sep 13

    Residential Electricity for Fire Investigators 8a.m. - 5p.m.
    Location: Fire Findings, 2026 Plaza Drive, Benton Harbor MI 49022
    Course Fees: $750 Cost for CEU Certificate: $20 # of CEUs: 1.7Overview: In-depth material explaining how electricity can cause fires.
    Audience: Fire investigation industry members, firefighters, private fire investigators, attorneys and insurance reps.

    Contact: Janet Owsianka, janeto@firefindings.com