Continuing Education Courses

Welcome to the registration page for our Fall 2018 courses in Marlboro College's Continuing Education Program (CEP). Taking a class with us is an excellent professional development experience and also an introduction to Marlboro's degree programs.

  • Registration: July 20 - August 31
  • Courses begin: September 7
  • Drop/add deadline: September 16. Our refund policy applies to withdrawals after this date.
  • Trimester ends December 15
  • Tuition: Classes are $500 to audit or $794 per credit. 

Degree program info: Academics section

Questions, contact our graduate admissions office at (888) 258-5665 x505, or graduateadmissions@marlboro.edu.

Thriving in Teams and Organizations addresses theory and practice of how individuals and groups act and interact in an organizational context with a focus on distributed and virtual teams. The course draws from research and theories in Organizational Behavior and Positive Psychology to shed light on such human dynamics as motivation, perception, decision-making, and conflict management. It addresses questions such as the following: What makes teams and organizations effective and sustainable? What are the challenges to effective teams and organizations? How can you understand your personal predilections as a team member and organizational "player"?

  • Credits: 2

This course introduces the concepts and tools of systems thinking. Creating flourishing within organizations, businesses and the world requires paradigmatic shifts, and insights into how to effectively create change. Systems thinkers have shown that the effective levers of change are often counter-intuitive, or only become obvious when the mental model which structures them is revealed. This course will use a case study approach to develop competence and comfort with systems thinking analysis. Topics include: food systems, regenerative farming, ecological systems, political and educational systems, systems levers and economics.

Regardless of ones personal opinion of marketing, it represents a powerful force in todays world. Marketers help establish values, generate desires, and create cultures. Whether you are one of the many millions who gets excited about the latest batch of Super Bowl spots, an entrepreneur anxious to create a niche for your new product, or a sustainability-minded individual anxious to understand the role marketing can play in bringing your greatest hopes  or greatest fears  to life for the world, this course will help you understand and navigate the marketing force. Each participant will walk away with a working understanding of marketing in the new normal of todays rapidly changing media landscape. This working knowledge will be represented by the ability to develop a strategically sound and insightful marketing communications plan. However, we wont stop there. Together and individually we will reconsider marketing  perhaps even reinvent it  by exploring the question, What is the role of marketing in a sustainable world? Along the way, we will brush up on some skills essential to marketing, including: Escaping assumptions; Uncovering insights; Igniting creativity and innovation; Delivering powerful presentations.

  • Credits: 2

Social media has fundamentally changed the way that we communicate as a society, upending expectations about communication norms, behaviors and outcomes. The changing workforce is shifting communication norms as millennials become managers, and boomers exit the workforce. Mission-driven organizations are challenged to use social media in order to remain relevant to its existing stakeholders, Matter to new stakeholders, and move them to action. While some struggle to achieve this, others are succeeding wildly using social media. This course provides a framework for understanding the role that social media plays in societal communications, and how organizations can leverage social media to remain relevant, Matter deeply, and move stakeholders to action. Students will leave with a solid understanding of how to use social media to expand awareness, advocate, and raise funds for social change. This course will delve into the concepts and tools needed for social media success: being a networked nonprofit; changing demographics; network theory; a deep dive into using social media to successfully expand awareness, raise funds, advocate, and deepen loyalty; and a strategic approach to social communications that realizes organizational goals.

This course explores the rationale and methods for setting and assessing measurable outcomes in mission-driven environments. Students will examine the benefits and challenges of establishing program, organizational, and community level outcomes and using metrics to determine "what is better as a result of our efforts?" They will come away with the tools and strategies to set, assess, and use the results of measurable outcomes. The course will use a three-pronged approach: didactic learning about the purpose and techniques of outcome measurement; applied learning, with student teams each working with an organization to develop outcomes and assessment strategies; and sharing and analyzing the experience, deepening students' ability to translate learning to practice.

  • Credits: 3
  • Prerequisite: NPM600 Certificate in Nonprofit Management

In this guided independent study, students will demonstrate comprehension of concepts learned in the Certificate in Nonprofit Management by applying them in a real-world context. Students may enroll in the practicum in any trimester after completing the Certificate, within a two-year window. This class will be graded on a Pass/Fail basis.

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The tuition cost for regular CEP courses is listed next to the course information above. The withdrawal deadline for individual courses is 11:59 pm on the 10th day of each trimester. If a course is withdrawn from after this date, our refund policy will apply. Our full refund policy can be found in our Student Handbook.

To pay please make a check or money order payable to Marlboro College and send it to:

Marlboro College
PO Box 801
Brattleboro, VT 05302-0801

Alternately, bills will be posted to your online account after the 10th day of the start of the trimester. You will be notified when the online bill is uploaded. Bills are due within 30 days of being posted.

Acknowledgment of Financial Responsibility

I hereby assume full responsibility for payment of my account with Marlboro College. I understand that my payment is late if it is not made within 30 days after it becomes due as indicated on the account statement, and at that time my account is considered outstanding. I also understand that in the event my payment is late, I am responsible for any and all reasonable collection costs incurred to collect said payment, including any interest, late charge, fee, or other expense incidental to the principal obligation, including but not limited to attorney's fees and third-party collection services. I further understand that Marlboro College shall charge interest on any outstanding account balance at the rate of 12%.

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I have read and reviewed the text of the Student Handbook and I agree to abide by the policies outlined therein. In particular, I understand my rights under the Federal Education Right to Privacy Act, and I understand that I may ask Marlboro College to modify my directory information preferences. Furthermore, I have read and understand the Marlboro College Tuition Refund Policy as written in the Student Handbook.

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