The Center for Continuing Education (CCE) at the University of South Alabama is accredited by The Commission on Colleges (COC), Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), The USA CCE administers, and awards CEUs in accordance with the guidelines set forth by Council on the Continuing Education Unit document and CEU Criteria and Guidelines. The Center issues CEUs for university sponsored events.
A continuing education unit (CEU) is a measure used in continuing education programs, particularly those required in a licensed profession, for the professional to maintain the license. Examples of people who need CEUs include teachers, interior designers/interior architects, lighting designers, architects, engineers, emergency management professionals, school administrators, educators, nurses, mental health professionals, and social workers. Generally, a CEU is defined as ten hours of participation in a recognized continuing education program, with qualified instruction and sponsorship. CEU records are widely used to provide evidence of completion of continuing education requirements mandated by certification bodies, professional societies, or governmental licensing boards. The records also provide employers with information on training pertinent to particular occupations.
The term CEU is in the public domain. Any organization may award a traditional CEU without requiring any accreditation. With a traditional CEU an employer or other organization must decide on an individual basis whether to honor the CEU from training providers. Therefore using an accredited institution such as USA bring validity and prestige to your continued education.
- An identifiable group is responsible for program administration
- Instructors are qualified
- Program syllabus identifies needs and states learning objectives*
- Appropriate facilities and support services are utilized
- Participant accomplishments can be evaluated against stated objectives
- Individual participant records are maintained with the ability to produce a transcript
* More on what is needed in Syllabus
- Identifiable needs
- Learning objectives
- Names of individuals involved in planning
- Vita of instructors
- Course outline
- List of support materials provided to participants
- Explanation of how participants will demonstrate competence
- Explanation of the requirements for satisfactory completion