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Professional Development

You know the importance of continuing your education to stay up-to-date and increase learning. We provide the opportunity to expand or enhance your knowledge through a variety of professional development courses and workshops while earning continuing education credits (CEUs) or academic credit. CEU requests must be made within one week of the workshop or course end date.


Browse our general education course catalog to review the full list of continuing education offerings currently available.


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Introduction to Industrial Additive Manufacturing

Jumpstart your career in engineering through additive manufacturing. This course will give you cutting edge knowledge and skills in the rapidly evolving field of additive manufacturing (also known as 3D printing).

This course prepares the next generation of engineers and designers to leverage the transformative potential of additive manufacturing technology through practical software training and comprehensive theoretical instruction. You'll learn the fundamental processes and software skills, with hands-on learning of a specific AM software package you can leverage to attain internships or early career positions in the field.

You can review the course description here: Introduction to Industrial Additive Manufacturing.

Sign up for the online course here: Introduction to Industrial Additive Manufacturing.



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Online Central California Advanced Placement® Summer Institute

Gain insight into Advanced Placement course frameworks, exams and new AP resources with the Advanced Placement Summer Institute to help plan and focus your AP instruction. You will also receive important and timely feedback throughout the year on areas where individual students need additional focus. AP classroom resources include unit guides, personal progress checks, AP teacher community involvement, and access to the AP question bank.

You can review the AP subject sessions, instructors, registration and Early Bird discount and regular pricing here: Online Central California APSI at UC Merced

Download the Online Central California Advanced Placement Summer Institute flyer here.


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Financing Your Small Business Exclusive Event

Network with and learn from industry experts on strategic solutions for financing your small business.

Speakers include:

Fireside Chat on Traditional Funding

Dawn Golik - SBA Funding LinkedIn Profile

Marsha Carr - Success Capital LinkedIn Profile

Pam Mostert - Access Plus Capital LinkedIn Profile

Kari May - Central Valley Community Bank 

Venture Financing & New Opportunities

Vince Lane - Chair of Entrepreneurship, Harvard Business School Association of Northern California LinkedIn Profile

Charles Eason - SBIR/STTR Funding Overview LinkedIn Profile

Microfinance Project & Online Sources of Funding

UC Merced Microfinance Project Student Club Microfinance Website


Prof. Fanis Tsoulouhas, Assoc. Dean of UC Merced Extension Tsoulouhas Website



Charles Eason - In-depth examination of SBIR/STTR Grand Funding, followed by 1-on-1 sessions (reservations required, limited spaces available) LinkedIn Profile

You can review the course description and sign up for the event here: Financing Your Small Business

Download the Small Business Event Flyer here.


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Live Streaming: Social Media Marketing & Promotion

Master the basics of Live Streaming. Live interaction online allows you to share exciting product offerings and events in real time on your social channels. This course helps bridge the gap between utilizing technology to live stream while interacting with your audience, sharing, and gauging interest in real time. 

Stream your favorite game, market a new product, establish your brand, or explore cultural events to form connections over distances with your live audience.

You can review the course description and sign up for the sessions here: Live Streaming: Social Media Marketing & Promotion

Download the Live Streaming: Social Media Marketing & Promotion flyer here.


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Earn the FINRA Securities Industry Essentials Certification Exam before you graduate

The FINRA Securities Industries Essentials (SIE) Exam is the first certification exam for licensing in the finance industry. By preparing for and taking this exam now while you're finishing up your bachelor's degree, you can elevate your resume to stand out from the competition. We've partnered with Achievable to offer these exam certifications through their innovative online learning system with over an 85% pass rate.

Many entry-level financial positions also require additional exam series based on their specialty. The SIE Exam is closely related to the material taught in ECON 105 Corporate Finance and other finance courses, so make sure you take ECON 105 first before signing up for this exam prep. Achievable online access includes everything you need to prepare for this important exam.

You can review the course description and sign up for the sessions here: UC Merced Extension and Achievable SIE Course Info




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Establishing a Successful Small Business

Do you want to pay yourself while doing what you love? Then why not let your passion become your business. This 6-week online course is designed to introduce you to the fundamentals of starting your own business. You'll learn what it takes to develop a business, from developing the concept to business planning and logistics, marketing, cash flow and funding. The weekly course with instructor Rhonda Lowe of the UC Merced Small Business Development Center is $65 for the six sessions.

You can review the course description and sign up for the sessions here: Establishing a Successful Small Business

Download the Small Business course series flyer here.


American Heart Association (AHA) Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Training

UC Merced Extension offers a monthly AHA CPR Certification non-credit offering with instructor Raj Mehat-Murphy, LVN, M.Ed. The in-person 4-hour training sessions will be held on campus. A $60 fee includes the cost of the CPR Certification Card.

If you are currently in our Teacher Preparation Program, verification of CPR training that meets the standards set by the American Red Cross and the American Heart Association is needed prior to your final semester of Clinical Practice ( EDUCX 302/305).

You can review the course description and sign up for the next available training session here: AHA CPR Training Seating is limited.

California Teaching Performance Assessment (CalTPA) Seminar

This seminar is for teacher candidates who have completed their coursework and need to complete their CalTPA assessments as state-mandated for Multiple and Single Subject Credential Program candidates. The seminar is comprised of two sequential modules of six weekly online sessions each and are taught by Diana Saucedo-Nunez, M.Ed., Associate Director | Teacher Preparation Program. The cost is $200 per six-week session.

You can review the CalTPA Seminar description and sign up for the upcoming training modules here: CalTPA Seminar Registration. Registration is open now for both sessions.

District Professional Development

Extension's Education Programs provide district professional development for P-12 educators in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) to facilitate their transition to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and their integration with the California Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Mathematics, English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Science, Science, and Technical Subjects. These opportunities for professional development may result in CEUs or academic credit, depending on the district and course content. 

If your district is interested in professional development, please contact us in Extension at 209-228-7867.

Academic Credit and Transcripts

Professional development programs wishing to offer academic credit can propose a course to UC Merced Extension.

One (1) semester academic credit is equivalent to 15 hours (classroom lecture), 45-hour academic course formats (workshops, reading, research, lesson design, classroom implementation, etc.) or any combination, all of which are embedded with performance assessments. Academic professional development courses in the discipline of education are $150 per unit, or $450 for a 3 unit course. 

You can order a copy of your transcripts online. Transcripts are $12 each.

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