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Professional Development and Career Training


Professionals — whether in business, education, or other fields—need skills training that will help them stay current in their positions, advance in their careers, or equip them for new jobs. OU Outreach offers diverse professional development opportunities that will help you succeed.

Our programs offer professional development and career training services that are designed to increase the knowledge and skills of professionals and to meet their needs in many different career fields by offering conferences, workshops and certificate programs.


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Advanced Placement Summer Institute for Teachers
New and experienced AP and Pre-AP teachers gather at OU for a week exploring the latest methods and curriculum topics relating to AP course content, organization, and methodology.

Career Training Programs
A career-focused, online course gives participants up-to-date information in a chosen area, as well as the skills necessary to acquire professional caliber positions in many in-demand occupations. Program areas include healthcare and fitness, business, IT and software development, management, hospitality and service, skilled trades, and sustainable energy. 

Chamber of Commerce Excellence - Training for Professional
Program offers an affordable, quality professional development opportunity, providing an outstanding educational experience that is extremely helpful in today’s increasingly competitive and fast-moving marketplace. This training is designed for new chamber executives, staff members, and seasoned professionals.

Child and Youth Care Professional Certification
Offered by the National Resource Center for Youth Services, this certification improves the quality of residential group care for children and youth by educating workers in a consistent philosophy of child care and strengthening their skills and knowledge.

Disability Education and Training Certification
The National Center for Disability Education and Training designs and delivers cutting-edge training to staff of employment providers in competency-based course leading to certification.

DRS - Department of Rehabilitation Services Employment Consultant Training
During this four-day training, job coaches who provide vocational services to clients with disabilities will learn specific skills needed to successfully assist people with disabilities find and keep employment.

Early Childhood Professional Development
The Center for Early Childhood Professional Development helps increase quality care for Oklahoma’s young children by providing training and continuing education opportunities for educators.

Economic Development 3-Day Institutes
OU/EDI provides professional economic developers with the up-to-date knowledge and tools required to succeed in today’s competitive marketplace. This multi-year, professional-level program is the only one of its kind in the nation.

Economic Development: Entrepreneurship
This course provides in-depth instruction in entrepreneurial and small business development practices, an important strategy in economic development practice.

Economic Development: Marketing
This course examines strategic comprehensive marketing for economic developers, focusing on market research techniques, marketing plan preparation, location selection, advertising, and performance metrics.

Economic Development: Strategic Planning
An in-depth treatment of strategic planning in an economic development environment, this course teaches participants how to design, organize, and conduct a successful strategic planning process for organizations, geographic areas, or projects.

Effective Teaching and Learning Training
These courses train public and private providers of services to individuals with developmental disabilities in Oklahoma.

E-Learn - Professional Development
Participants have the opportunity to develop their workplace skills and increase their professional knowledge in an easy-to-use online format.

Executive Training and Team Development
Training programs build trust, confidence, and teamwork while producing better communication, improved productivity, and increased effectiveness to intact workgroups or people from the same company. These programs can range from three-hour sessions to multiple-day workshops.

Instructional Coaching
Instructional coaches are onsite professional development providers who teach educators how to successfully implement effective, research-based teaching techniques and practices.

Leadership Excellence, Center for
The Center for Leadership Excellence provides consultation, programs, and other services to help leaders develop skills and new approaches that improve performance so that both individual leaders and their organizations reach their goals.

Lean/Six Sigma
The Lean Institute teaches participants how to see through the norm and gain new perspectives on how to run an organization at every level. These courses help low-level employees, managers, and executives improve how they work.

Military Programs
With more than 50 years of experience meeting the needs of service members and their dependents, OU Outreach offers courses and degree programs to support armed forces members regardless of where they are serving.

National Pathways to Adulthood for Professionals 
Professionals working in independent living and transitional living programs around the country gather to share their knowledge, experiences, and creativity to pursue their common goal – offering compassionate and effective human services to youth and families across the nation.

Residential Child and Youth Care Professional Trainer Certification
A competency-based curriculum that trains participants to develop a culture of care, better understand child development, build relationships with youth, and teach discipline.

Resilience Development Institute
Integrating resilience throughout a community and understanding the principles of effective disaster resilience will educate mayors, elected officials, and community leaders on what effective resilience is, how it can positively impact communities, and how resilience planning can be incorporated into everything a communities does, no matter the size or location.

Substance Abuse Prevention Training
To prevent alcohol, tobacco, and other drug abuse and related high-risk behaviors, the Southwest Prevention Center provides training, technical assistance, and materials to schools, community-based coalitions, policy makers, and social service and professional agencies.

Trainer and Team Development Certification Courses
Reflecting the latest research, these courses increase the skills and competencies of human resource development professionals. Three courses are available – The New Trainer Program, The Experienced Trainer Program, and Team Development Training.

U.S. Postal Employee Training
Approximately 40,000 postal technicians are trained at the National Center for Employee Development each year, and 250,000 are trained through web-based programs each year.

Youth and Family Training and Technical Assistance
The mission of the National Resource Center for Youth Services is to provide resources to the youth services community including training and technical assistance in Oklahoma and across the nation.