Non-Credit Workshops

Non-credit continuing education courses in the form of workshops help you learn new skills for personal or professional development or explore a topic of interest. From time to time, professional development opportunities are also available through conferences.

Full Non-Credit Workshop Listing

Current non-credit workshops include:


Certified Business Advisor® Certificate


Senior Guest Program

The Senior Guest Program at Kent State University allows Ohio residents age 60 years and older to attend regular university classes tuition-free on a space-available basis.

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Elementary General: A Music Learning Theory Approach

Through the lens of Gordon's Music Learning Theory, the course is focused on K-6 general music and developing effective strategies for learner-centered growth, musicianship, movement, curriculum, inclusion, and assessment. GIML professional development course level 1.

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Jump Right In: Recorder

An accessible aural-skills approach to music instruction that progresses sequentially to performing, reading, and writing music with comprehension. The workshop is appropriate for instrumental, general, and vocal educators at all levels, and features the 2020 revision of The Instrumental Series for Recorder.

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Methods in Jazz Performance and Pedagogy

Students will participate in immersive experiences in various aspects of instrumental jazz: improvisation, ensemble rehearsal techniques, history of Jazz, and composition/arranging. They will also join in a nightly jam session to experience the applicable aspects of jazz music.

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Methods in Rock Band Performance and Pedagogy

Experience performing as a member of a rock band while examining the pedagogy of this type of ensemble. Workshop participants will learn techniques for coaching rock ensembles in the K-12 environment including selecting repertoires and equipment, amplifying instruments, and recording/editing performances.

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Orff-Schulwerk Teacher Education

Develop Orff-Schulwerk principles and techniques through instruction in recorder, pitched and unpitched percussion, singing, movement, and Orff process.

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Racial Equity Teachers Institute (RETI)

Kent State facilitators will lead an institute focused on anti-bias and building culturally relevant classrooms for K-12 educators. The institute will focus on recognizing biases, learning language, and building an inclusive curriculum. Participants will explore how bias may impact student learning in the classroom and strategies to address it. Participants will be provided with tools to manage bias and to build an inclusive curriculum. The participants will leave with ideas, strategies, and an actual modified syllabus or lesson plan with anti-bias and racial equity strategies integrated within it. This institute is designed so that it can be applied to any and all subjects taught in K-12 schools.

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RCET Workshops

The Research Center for Educational Technology serves as the flagship center for research, policy, and practice related to cutting-edge technologies in teaching and learning.

Recharge your teaching toolkit & earn CEUs online. Offering a series of fully online mini-courses that offer with to explore, share, & produce best tech practices with educators across the country.

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User Training for Cleanroom Research and Prototyping Facility

A fully online training program is required for access to the Kent State University Cleanroom Research and Prototyping facility. Located in the LCM building, the Cleanroom facility includes tools for device fabrication (such as liquid crystal displays) with a range of equipment including spin reactive ion etch, metal evaporation systems (DC and RF sputter, e-beam, thermal), wet chemical stations, photolithography, and surface analysis tools. Registrants will have access to the online course for two weeks.

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Weathervane Playhouse Theatre Education Conference 2021

Don't miss this year's live and in-person Theatre Education Conference at Weathervane Playhouse! This conference is meant to provide a networking and educational venue for Northeast Ohio Theatre Educators and professionals of all skill levels and abilities. If you’ve directed plays for schools for years or if you’re just starting out, you will learn valuable skills while making amazing connections at this event! Topics covered will include: How to Program a Play in a Day, Choreography for Musicals, Lighting Design, Social Media Promotion, How to Apply for Grants, Costuming on a Budget, and more! Speakers include professionals from Weathervane Playhouse, Rebel Panda Productions, and other theatre educators from the surrounding community.

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Public Health

Registered Sanitarian/Registered Environmental Health Specialist Exam Preparation Course

This course is designed to assist those who will be taking the National Environmental Health Association Registered Environmental Health Specialist/Registered Sanitarian Credential Exam, in their studies and review of pertinent material for the exam. It has narrated review lectures, resources, and practice exam questions available as part of the course. The course includes hundreds of practice exam questions that cover all of the exam content areas.

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Public Health Accreditation Board Basics

The course covers the steps that state, local and tribal health departments are required to take to prepared for and meet the PHAB accreditation standards. It is intended for PHAB coordinators and other health department staff involved in the accreditation process. In addition to explaining the prerequisites and accreditation requirements the course provides access to other PHAB resources.

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FANUC Robot Training: HandlingTool Operation and Programming

This course covers the tasks that an operator, technician, engineer or programmer needs to understand to set up, record, and/or troubleshoot programs on a FANUC Robotics HandlingTool Software Package. You will learn to: power up and job the robot; Teach Frames; recover from common program and robot faults; execute production operations; create, modify, and executive a material handling program; create and execute MACROs; monitor, force, and simulate input and output signals; backup and restore individual programs and files.

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UAV Training and Part 107 Testing

Receive hands-on training mixed with part 107 test prep to take the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) test with confidence. A seminar geared toward professionals interested in using UAVs within their industry. Participants train at Kent State University’s airport, among peers in a four-day course. Attendees receive instruction to prepare prior to attending the class to ensure success on the written exam. On day four of the course, you will take the written exam.

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Art Enrichment

By combining art studio activities with discussions of art as it relates to different time periods and cultures, students come to better understand the world of art. Students are organized by cross-age groupings and work with a variety of media to develop their individual art skills. Art Enrichment is a student teacher education program at Kent State University.

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