The Continuing Education Unit (CEU) is a nationally recognized measure of non-credit course work. One Continuing Education Unit (CEU) is ten (10) contact hours of participation in an organized continuing education experience under responsible sponsorship, capable direction and qualified instruction, as defined by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training and incorporated in the accreditation standards of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
The Lifelong Learning office maintains a permanent record of participation in approved programs and can provide official transcripts to you or your employer. Requests for Lifelong Learning (non-credit classes) transcripts must be made in writing.
Lifelong Learning participant information may not be released without the written consent of the participant except to persons engaged in the proper performance of WKU duties. There is a $3 charge per transcript.
To request a transcript, please print and complete form below:
Then send it, along with a check or money order (made payable to Western Kentucky University), to:
WKU Lifelong Learning
2355 Nashville Road
Bowling Green, KY 42101
If a University department, employee, or external agency requests that Lifelong Learning provide CEUs for an offering not planned and presented by the Lifelong Learning office, certain information must be submitted by the person responsible for planning and implementing the continuing education offering. The Lifelong Learning office must evaluate the program before CEUs will be determined.
The criteria for determining if Continuing Education Units can be granted by an institution are prescribed by the Commission on Colleges, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. These criteria are officially administered at Western Kentucky University by the Lifelong Learning office, in cooperation with Western Kentucky University academic departments.
The purpose of the oversight of the CEU process by the Lifelong Learning office is to ensure consistency for the granting of Continuing Education Units across all departments of the university. Please use the below information to plan any continuing education activity that may involve the granting of CEUs. Please note that no CEUs will be awarded if all guidelines are not followed.
The non-credit program is planned in response to the identified needs of a target audience. The topic should have relevance to the learners, educational goals and/or job requirements.
There should be evidence of pre-planning that includes participation by the representatives of the target group to be served and the faculty/presenter having the content expertise. IT is suggested that a representative from Lifelong Learning be included in the pre-planning phase to assist with the logistical aspects of the activity.
The number of contact hours of instruction and appropriate CEUs to be awarded are determined prior to conducting a learning experience. Proposed programs with less than ten hours of instruction (1.0 CEU) should be carefully considered against the required criteria to ensure that sufficient time is available to build a measurable competency that can be considered a significant continuing education experience.
To maintain accuracy and consistency, final determination of the number of CEUs rests with the designated department for administering the Institution’s CEU system. At Western Kentucky University, Lifelong Learning is responsible for oversight of all official CEU programs.
The program materials have clear and concise written statements of intended learning outcomes. Determination is made through what skills, knowledge and/or attitudes the learner can demonstrate at the conclusion of the program. These outcomes should be listed in the promotional materials.
The instructional staff for the program should have the following qualifications:
The content and instructional methodologies are consistent with the stated learning outcomes, sequenced from basic to advanced levels to facilitate learning and structured to permit opportunities for the learner to participate and receive feedback.
The requirements for satisfactory completion of the program and awarding of the CEU are established prior to the offering of the program by the mutual agreement of the course or event coordinator, the instructor and Lifelong Learning. The requirements should be based on either the ability of the participants to demonstrate what they have learned, predetermined levels of attendance at sessions or a combination of performance and attendance.
Performance-based achievements should be based on a match with the intended learning outcomes. Formal results should be reported and maintained on the CEU transcript. Currently, assessment may take several forms:
*When used, attendance-based achievements should be set at a high level(a minimum of 90%) and must be documented by attendance rosters or sign-in sheets. Copies of attendance rosters must be furnished to Lifelong Learning.
There is a distinction between assessment and evaluation. Assessment refers to the measurement of individual learning outcomes based on the objectives. Evaluation refers to the measure of the quality of the program and the continuing education experience as a whole. A standardized evaluation from can be provided by Lifelong Learning with an opportunity for the sponsoring organization to add additional questions, if desired.
In order for your course to receive official continuing education units (CEUs) from Western Kentucky University, we must have the following information on file. Approval to offer CEUs for any continuing education activity must be obtained in advance of advertising your event. Please use the checklist below to assemble your materials. Thank you.
Items to be submitted to Lifelong Learning:
In order to receive the packet that includes Course Proposal, Objectives and Outcomes, and other forms, please contact:
WKU Lifelong Learning
Western Kentucky University
120 Knicely Conference Center
2355 Nashville Road
Bowling Green KY 42101
Fax: (270) 745-1903