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Non-credit Education (CEUs)

Non-credit Education

At this time, ECE offers only non-credit education for professional development and personal enrichment. Professional development courses at ECE may award Continuing Education Units (CEUs), whereas personal enrichment courses do not. None of ECE’s courses award academic credit.

CEU vs. Academic Credit

Academic credit refers to the traditional “credit hour” system found in for-credit education. One academic credit refers to 14 hours of contact in the classroom, so a 3 credit hour course translates to 42 contact hours. Credit hours can usually transfer between institutions.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are the nationally-recognized unit and framework for documenting student efforts to update or broaden their knowledge and skills through non-credit educational options.

Definitions & Requirements

One CEU is defined as “10 contact hours of participation in an organized continuing education experience, under responsible sponsorship, capable direction, and qualified instruction."

Obtaining CEUs requires a minimum 80% attendance and completion of any required course work, such as assignments, exams, etc. To ensure accurate attendance tracking, students must sign the attendance roster during each class. Emory Continuing Education retains the right to not provide CEU verification if proper confirmation of attendance was not provided.

If a course awards CEUs, the precise number will be noted next to the tuition amount listed on the registration page.

CEU Terminology

CEUs are accepted by many employers and professional agencies as evidence of student commitment to career advancement and the maintenance of professional competence. Terms that may be used by professional organizations include:

  • CMEs or continuing medical education (medical professions)
  • CPEs or continuing professional education (professions such as accounting)
  • PLUs or professional learning units (teaching professions)

Students are responsible for verifying (with their respective professional organizations) that ECE courses will fulfill these requirements.

Record Verification

ECE’s Program Advisors can provide students with verification of their enrollment in a brief letter detailing the respective course(s) or certificate program. This letter will:

  • Clarify the student is enrolled in a non-credit certificate program with Emory Continuing Education
  • Confirm when the student began and is expected to complete the non-credit certificate program

CEU Verification

Verification of CEUs will be provided upon request. Student records printed from our website are for personal tracking only and cannot be used to verify the number of CEUs awarded to the student.  To obtain a certificate of completion with your CEUs, please submit your requests to  CEU verification takes approximately two weeks.


Emory Continuing Education students are not considered matriculated students at Emory University since they are enrolled in non-credit programs—not for-credit, degree-seeking programs.