Online Professional Development
Enhance Your Professional Skills
In partnership with some of today's top online education providers, the Center for Continuing Education offers hundreds of online professional education courses. These courses are open to all and can be taken anytime from the comfort of your home or office. Courses are informative, affordable, and offered in three convenient formats including: Instructor-Led, Self-Paced, and Open Enrollment. Upon successful completion you will receive a certificate of completion. Listed below are some of our most popular courses. When you find one you are interested in click the title and you will be redirected to our partner webpage for more course details and enrollment information. To view all our online professional development course offerings visit our Online Professional Development webpage.
MSU Departments and employees can pay for classes using a Departmental Banner Account or an Employee AR Account by completing an AR Payment Authorization Form. Classes can also be paid for using a ProCard.
Administrative Assistant Fundamentals: This course will help you discover and master the essentials of managerial and staff support, information and records management, communications technology, travel and meeting coordination, space planning, and office ergonomics. You will become an indispensable member of your team by identifying opportunities and implementing solutions to turn your office into a high productivity machine.
Business and Marketing Writing: Are you a writer working in the business world? Or a marketing professional responsible for obtaining great marketing copy? Using clear explanations, real-life examples, and an animated style, the course solidifies the relationship between business, marketing principles, and written communications.
Effective Presentations: This introductory-level course helps learners organize, structure, and create effective presentations that feature slides as a visual aid. This course offers advice and guidance on the most effective and persuasive uses of PowerPoint, including best practices on word count, graphics, and structure. This course will help you understand the power of writing - and use it to present a solid, cohesive message to your target audience.
Intermediate Microsoft Excel 2016: In this hands-on course, you will learn how to create informative, eye-catching charts and graphs, and harness the power of Excel's data analysis tools and AutoFilter commands. In addition, you will find out how easy it is to create macros that let you manipulate data with the push of a button.
Introduction to Microsoft Outlook 2013: Want to learn Microsoft Outlook 2013 quickly? In this course you'll quickly learn how to manage your email, calendar, and contacts, and how to streamline and automate your work with keyboard shortcuts, rules, Search Folders, and Quick Steps.
Leadership: Contrary to popular belief, leadership skills can be learned and developed. Even if you don't hold a leadership position, this course will teach you how to use the principles of great leaders to achieve success in almost every aspect of your daily life.
Networking for Success: Networking has become a significant part of the professional process, altering the way both entrepreneurs and organizations do business. This course will help you to improve your personal and professional networking skills by providing best practices and effective tips and techniques.
Project Management Fundamentals: Gain the skills you'll need to succeed in the fast-growing field of project management.
Personal Creativity: Through tools and exercises drawn from Adrian Brown's book, Creativity & Innovation, this course will help unlock the creativity within individuals. By stimulating creativity through various techniques (mind-mapping, DO-IT, SCAMPER, right and left brain thinking) participants learn to tap into their personal creativity and apply it to organizational challenges.
Speak with Confidence: Whether delivering a speech in front of a large audience or having a direct conversation with one or two other people, we often allow stress and nerves to impede our ability to deliver a clear message. This course is designed to help learners understand the causes and signs of speaking anxiety and learn practical ways to address their speaking fears.
Time Management: Effective time management helps managers achieve their goals. The concepts covered in this course will help create structure around your time management skills, and will help reveal any weaknesses in your time management habits. Making time management a priority is often the first step to keeping on task and maintaining a schedule.
Writing Effective Grant Proposals: Preparing successful grant proposals to receive funding from corporations or foundations requires careful research, meticulous preparation, and graceful writing.