Continuing Education Programs

UTRGV Continuing Education provides professional development and personal enrichment opportunities with the aim of serving the diverse population of the RGV. Whether you are simply a lifelong learner in pursuit of new knowledge or a working professional hoping to enhance your skills, UTRGV Continuing Education has something for you.

Our courses and programs arm you with the critical skills and knowledge essential for today’s diverse globalized job market. Our courses feature personalized small class sizes that ensure individual attention and support, experienced instructors with real-world knowledge, and year-round opportunities.

  • Certificate Program Courses

    Update your skills and stay competitive with one of UTRGV Continuing Education immersive certificate programs. These programs are the ideal resource for people wanting to change careers, learn new skills or boost their earning potential. Each of our non-credit certificate programs is co-designed and taught by industry experts and UTRGV faculty, with convenient scheduling to fit your busy lifestyle.

     

    This course emphasizes the use of DSM-5 for diagnosing, creating treatment plans, grief support group planning, and using complementary therapies such as Expressive Arts Therapy for practitioners seeking bereavement training beyond the coordinator level.


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    The Bereavement Coordinator Certificate Program is designed to equip professionals with the skills to guide grieving families to proper avenues of support. Tragic events such as accidents, active shootings, suicide or natural disasters, as well as the natural causes of death, may leave individuals, families, and communities to face the challenge of healing from the effects of devastating grief.


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    This 30-hour hands-on program is designed for those interested in learning about event planning and the event industry. Students will acquire in-depth knowledge about event planning and develop a customized toolkit they can apply for every event they will manage in the future.


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    This series of workshops are built in succession to provide the participant with the resources, expert-guided practice and mentoring to be able to write a competitive and fundable grant proposal by the end of the series.


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    This course is designed to provide an overview of HR functions and the stages of the employee life cycle. Participants will gain practical skills needed to manage critical HR functions on a daily basis and avoid legal pitfalls.


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    The course covers SQL Server 2016 provision both on-premise and in Azure, and covers installing from new and migrating from an existing


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    In an increasingly digital world, social media has changed relationships between organizations and their audiences. Whether you’re interested in lead generation, social influence, or creative marketing, improving your social media skills will always pay off in the long run.


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    These days with social media and the almost endless avenues to market yourself, simple static images don’t grab the attention of your audience quite the same way as before. So what is the next step in making sure you stay relevant and in the eye of your consumers? Video!


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    Web development skills are becoming even more valuable in a competitive global workforce that increasingly requires strong coding and technical skills. In this course, participants will learn best practices and the latest industry standards to design, create, publish and maintain web pages using HTML and associated technologies.


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    The program is designed to enhance and develop the skills of the participants to deal with “real-world” challenges and situations. All tracks are developed from a “practitioner’s” point of view utilizing knowledge-based skill sets that can be incorporated within your career path.


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    The Dental Assistant Program prepares students for entry-level positions in one of the fastest-growing health care positions - Dental Assistant.


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    This course prepares current and future guest service professionals to become an American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI) Certified Guest Service Professional (CGSP).


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    This combined 80-hour billing and coding course offer the skills needed to solve insurance billing problems, how to manually file claims (using the CPT and ICD-9 manual), complete common insurance forms, briefly overview trace delinquent claims, examine the process to appeal denied claims and use generic forms to streamline billing procedures.


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    With over 3 billion social media users worldwide, it is imperative to understand the complexities of image manipulation and how different effects translate to social media.


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    This intensive, nationally acclaimed program is designed for beginning as well as advanced legal workers. Students will be trained to interview witnesses, investigate complex fact patterns, research the law, prepare legal documents, and assist in preparing cases for courtroom litigation.


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    This course provides participants with the most current, foundational knowledge, training, and competency testing to certify them to practice as professional certified fitness trainers. UTRGV Continuing Education has partnered with World Instructor Training Schools (W.I.T.S.) to offer a comprehensive Personal Trainer Certification program that offers students the latest knowledge in a range of topics.


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    This comprehensive 50-hour program will prepare students to work as a pharmacy technician in a retail or other pharmacy setting and to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s PTCB exam.


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    This 90-hour Phlebotomy Technician Program prepares professionals to collect blood specimens from clients for the purpose of laboratory analysis.


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    This program is designed for people interested in earning a Texas Real Estate License which requires you complete six qualifying education courses of study.


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  • Hybrid Courses


    Digital Marketing has become an essential skill in a world driven by technology and innovative communication. This course will help you gain the knowledge and skills required to successfully execute effective digital marketing campaigns. You will learn how to promote and sell products and services through online marketing methods such as social media messaging, website ads, Facebook marketing campaigns, Google Adwords, and more.


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    Club Code UTRGV is an innovative technology program launched by UTRGV Continuing Education in 2015 to build a strong pipeline of technologically oriented youth in the Rio Grande Valley that is better prepared to enter the workforce or higher education with an in-depth understanding of the coding and programming languages and thrive in the 21st-century workforce.


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    The JSTEM (Journalism, Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) Project-Based Inquiry (PBI) is an innovative summer enrichment program offered by UTRGV Continuing Education in partnership with the College of Education & P-16 Integration. This program is an opportunity for high school students to learn STEM in an authentically situated research setting at UTRGV. Journalism PBI takes place in tandem with STEM PBI and is designed to provide an opportunity for students interested in mass communication and marketing to gain hands-on experience under the guidance of experts in the fields. The journalism group will apply what they learned during the camp by chronicling the activities of the STEM students.


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    This summer camp brings together students from high schools across the Rio Grande Valley for a week of fun and learning at The College of Education & P16 Integration at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. During that week, students explore the teaching profession by defining teaching excellence. To achieve this, they use mobile technologies and collaborate with students from their school and other schools in the Valley, College of Education faculty, students from the teacher preparation program, and others members of the teaching community.


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    These innovative workshops are designed to help find new ways to teach biology, chemistry, physics, computer science, or engineering topics to high school and middle school students. UTRGV science and engineering faculty will utilize research activities that are locally relevant, to train secondary STEM educators and district coordinators in developing TEKS-aligned lessons and labs that can be replicated in school settings. Workshop participants will be involved in hands-on or project-based lessons that are engaging and designed to increase students’ understanding of concepts while getting them excited about STEM.


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  • Online Programs

    Our online courses are designed with convenience and flexibility in mind. They provide rich content and interactive learning experience to prepare you to succeed in the current marketplace.

     

    This introductory-level course helps learners craft a resume that is targeted, elegant, and effective.


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    The courses included in this certificate program will provide managers the basic foundation they need to become competent Agile practitioners.


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    This certificate offers instruction on crafting many of the most common business communication formats: memos, reports, brochures, proposals, presentations, catalogs, and websites.


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    This certificate program will first help you become re-acquainted with your own stores of creativity and innovation. Next, you are given a set of tools that allow you to leverage your creativity to identify and solve organizational problems.


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    This certificate will teach you how to assess your organization's financial health by reviewing balance sheets, income statements, and statements of cash flow, and you will discover how finance and accounting tools can be used to support informed decision making within organizations.


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    The courses in this suite offer advice on leadership that can help you stand out as a leader among your peers.


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    This Certificate in Managing Change and Resolving Conflict covers the key issues and best practices for managers dealing with contentious situations in the workplace.


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    Sustainability refers to the use of ecosystems and their resources in a manner that satisfies current needs without compromising the needs or options of future generations.


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    This bundle combines four online, self-paced courses into this Leadership PDU Bundle, to provide practitioners with many of the PDUs they need to fulfill requirements in this important skill area!


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    This course explores the fundamental concepts and theories practitioners will need to successfully guide operations in manufacturing and service organizations.


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    This course provides comprehensive preparation for the Program Management Professional (PgMP)® certification exam including exam-taking tips, comprehensive module quizzes, and over 200 practice questions covering the areas of knowledge as described in PMI's Program Management Professional Exam Content Specification.


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    This bundle has combined four online, self-paced courses into this Strategic PDU Bundle, to provide practitioners with many of the PDUs they need to fulfill requirements in this important skill area!


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    This course introduces the core concepts and components of supply chain management, including supplier evaluation, logistics, inventory management, and other supply chain practices.


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  • Professional Development Courses

    Professional development is more than a luxury, it is a necessity. Designed specifically for working professionals to maintain licensure, update skills, and advance their careers, we offer a range of innovative courses including certificate programs, continuing professional education (CPEs), seminars, and professional development workshops.

     

    This course will show participants how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.


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    This course introduces participants to the use of Adobe Lightroom CC in editing professional-grade photographs. This course is designed to help the first time users learn the basic tools in Lightroom and apply them to their own images and projects.


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    Take photography to the next level in this fast-paced digital photography workshop designed for those who want to move past the basics, and build on their existing technical and creative skills.


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    The invention of smartphones and photo filters has turned almost everyone into a photographer. However, good photography requires a strong sense of creativity and aesthetics, coupled with a range of technical skills.


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    This 101 course is designed as a starting point for any individual who must lead and manage projects but has not been trained as a formal project manager.


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    Learn from a highly experienced chef and go on a tasting and learning adventure.


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    This is an 8-hour public education program which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds an understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge.


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  • Professional Development Series for STEM Educators

    These innovative workshops are designed to help find new ways to teach biology, chemistry, physics, computer science, or engineering topics to high school and middle school students.

     

    Workshop participants will be involved in hands-on or project-based lessons that are engaging and designed to increase students’ understanding of concepts while getting them excited about STEM.


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  • Teacher Training Programs

    UTRGV Continuing Education teacher training programs are specifically designed to provide educators with the tools needed to maximize classroom learning and student success. With an emphasis on subjects and methods such as STEM courses and active learning strategies, these training afford teachers of all levels the opportunity to get students excited about learning.

     

    This three-day face-to-face engaging and research-based training is required for teacher appraisers and will teach them to recognize the relationship between the seven strands of school leadership and five conceptual themes.


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    With increasing consumer and professional interest in alternative and complementary care, Registered Nurses (RNs) are incorporating alternative/complementary modalities into their practices.


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    While fluency and decoding skills are a part of good reading, the ultimate goal of reading is comprehension.


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    The following series of workshops will provide participants the necessary background for supporting standards associated with the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) in Chemistry.


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    Students who are eager and excited about reading find it easier to build the repertoire of skills that make great readers.


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    In this workshop, teachers will examine ways to put engagement and motivation back into reading language arts, especially given constraints with accountability testing preparation.


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    Children learn to read more easily when school learning is connected to home literacy practices.


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    Research in the era of Google and Bing creates both an interesting and frustrating element for ELA teachers who want to understand how to teach students to be discerning readers of information, as well as keen synthesizers of content.


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    Help kids of all ages love reading while addressing the reading TEKS and fostering critical thinking.


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    This course is designed to strengthen students’ performance on the essay portion of STAAR writing exams.


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    Three Saturdays of Newtonian Physics to help teachers prepare students for the STAAR exam.


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    This interactive workshop will focus on special education processes, procedures, and services for students in high school classrooms. In the first part of the workshop, the instructor will discuss the basics of teaching students with special education that needs an inclusive classroom including special educational laws.


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    The Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS) is a Texas recommended appraisal process created to evaluate teachers and establish a system of support. T-TESS is directly correlated to the Texas Teacher Standards.


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  • Test Preparation Courses

    Whether you are applying to college, graduate school, or any other professional program, test scores are a vital part of the college admissions process. Our test preparation courses will help you understand course content and objectives while learning proven strategies to help you increase your test scores. Study programs include the GRE, GMAT, LSAT, and SAT preparation courses in addition to professional licensing exam prep courses designed specifically for busy professionals.

     

    The Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) is the number one method of admission criteria for some of the world's top business programs.


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    This course is a complete preparation for the GRE that goes beyond great classroom instruction and includes realistic practice exams, personalized score analysis, detailed individualized score reports, adaptable course materials, and personalized assignments.


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    This course helps students develop the skills to navigate the LSAT successfully. The LSAT Curriculum emphasizes strategic methods and helps students learn to analyze the test methodically and efficiently.


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    In this course, you'll gain the essential preparation needed to pass the PMP and CAPM® exams.


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    This course offers complete SAT preparation that goes beyond great classroom instruction and includes realistic practice exams, personalized score analysis, detailed individualized score reports, adaptable course materials, and personalized assignments.


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    This course is designed to help individuals who are preparing to take the licensing exams at the bachelor's and master's levels.


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