Office of Community & Academic Enrichment

Community Professional Development Program

The Southern Utah University Community Professional Development program provides academic credit for professional development courses that are offered by community organizations. We want to Invest In You, your employees, and/or clients. Our program adds an additional academic layer to your professional development courses by recording them on a university transcript.

Types of Courses

We provide credit for courses in three different tracks:


Courses in the Community track are designed to help develop the skills needed to promote community growth. These courses fall under a number of different categories, such as: Financial Literacy, Health and Human Services, Manufacturing, Small Business Development, Real Estate, and many more.


Courses in the Outdoors track prepare and certify individuals with the skills needed to work in an outdoor environment. These courses fall into various categories such as: Astronomy, First Aid, Outdoor Survival Skills, Parks and Recreation, and many more.


Courses in the Global track offer employees training that is useful for careers, organizations and private adventures that take people all over the world. The skills that these courses provide fall into a wide variety of categories such as: intelligence operations, law enforcement, situational awareness, technological training in live entertainment industry, and many more.

Our education partners have the option to offer their courses face-to-face, online, or in a blended format.

Types of Credit

We provide credit to our education partners based on the needs of their participants at a very low cost. SUU provides two types of credit for Community Professional Development courses:

  • Professional Development Hours (PDH) are educational units which are used to fulfill continuing education requirements for licensure, certification, or tenure, for instance.
  • Continuing Education Units (CEU) are a "currency" of sorts which help to measure a person's participation in formal education programs, mostly for training that is related to professional advancement.

Depending on your industry, you may be interested in either PDH or the CEU.

General Guidelines

The general guidelines to offer a course for SUU credit include:

  • Course must include 15 hours of contact time* for each credit requested.
  • Lead instructor must have a degree and experience relevant to the course topic.
  • Course content must clearly demonstrate substantive learning, and include assessments and grading rubrics.
  • Syllabus must contain clearly defined "Expected Learning Outcomes."
  • Integrative and Experiential Learning is encouraged.

* Contact time definition: Time spent with an instructor (in person or through synchronous/asynchronous technology), learning team, online text-based forum, lecture captured content, video-based instruction, computer-based instruction or simulations, conference attendance (must show accountability and have a substantive final assessment) and so forth. Time not considered contact hours includes homework outside of class: reading, writing, non-group projects, and so forth.


The cost to record these courses is only $21.00 per credit.

Our community education partners may charge additional fees to their participants to cover their expenses such as: instructor costs, textbooks/materials, courseware, overhead, and etc.

Proposing a Course

To request consideration of SUU credit for a course, please carefully follow these guidelines:

  1. We recommend that you contact the Community Professional Development Program prior to submitting a proposal.
  2. Pre-approval by SUU is sought before you offer a course for credit, by submitting a proposal which has 3 parts: a coversheet on formal letterhead (a template is available), a syllabus (a checklist of required items is available), and a resume/vita for all instructors.
  3. Send proposal by email to:
  4. When a decision is made you will be contacted. For approved proposals, we will send instructions for registration procedures.
  5. Approval duration for Community Professional Development is one calendar year, in which during that time, the course may be offered an unlimited amount of times (as long as no course/instructor/content changes are made).

Contacting Us

For communication regarding proposal submission and approval process, please contact us at

Mailing Address:
Community Professional Development Program
Office of Community and Academic Enrichment
351 W University Blvd
Cedar City, UT 84720

Physical Address:
Community Professional Development
136 W Center St
Cedar City, UT 84720

Executive Director:
Leilani Nautu, Ph.D.
(435) 865-8255