Professional Development Studies

Professional Development Studies

Welcome to Professional Development Studies (PDS) at the School of Communication and Information (SC&I). Whether you are a young professional, new manager, or experienced executive you will find a wide array of continuing education programs that will help you enhance your skills and succeed in your career.

PDS offers three non-credit professional online certificate programs:

  • Business and Managerial Communication
  • Public Relations
  • Digital Asset Management (DAM)
  • And PDS is currently developing a certificate in Health Communication and Information

To earn your certificate, you must complete six courses. You can start our programs with any course in any month. The course schedule loops so that you can complete the program in six months no matter which month you start in.  You are also welcome to take stand-alone courses that meet your career development needs.

PDS certificates and courses are:

  • 100% online 
  • Four weeks long
  • Instructor-led and self-paced
  • Immediately applicable to your career

PDS Current Classes 

Dynamics of Effective Teams

Dynamics of Effective Teams

Instructor: Scott Hebert
Dates: October 28 - November 24, 2019

Our Interpersonal Communications course prepares students for more effective communication interactions. Using an assessment tool during the first week, students determine their preferred style and the characteristics of other styles. Most importantly, students learn the key to communication success - flexing one's style. Through listening techniques, strategies for conveying assertiveness, and tips for matching nonverbal communication to the message, learners develop their communication style approaches for greater success.

Creative Operations and Everyday Workflows with Digital Asset Management (DAM)

Creative Operations and Everyday Workflows with Digital Asset Management (DAM)

Instructor: Lauren Espiritu-Philson
Dates: October 28 - November 24, 2019

Creative operations have become the cross-functional glue for marketing and communications, agency relationships, packaging, branding, publishing (digital and print), as well as other related aspects of digital assets within a business. With more channels and ways to reach customers than ever, digital content is now core to many organizations, and teams are continuously challenged to respond to a rapid increase in content demand.