Approved Training Opportunities for the Credentialing Program

Training Opportunities

An approved training opportunity is a specific learning program (e.g., course, seminar series, workshop, etc.), offered by a third party provider, designed to help individuals improve or enhance their professional knowledge, skills, and effectiveness. Training opportunities listed here are reviewed by Campus Compact staff who looks closely at the content and quality of the experience and identify which key competencies in a micro-credential area are addressed. Approved trainings are those we believe will help CEPs advance their understanding or improve their practice in one or more core competency areas.

Current training opportunities (Updated May 2020)

Community Engaged Learning & Teaching

  • June 22- July 17, 2020: Online graduate course
    • ELP 521, Adult Learning & Motivation, instructed by Dr. Christine Cress (4 credits). Fully-Online. For more information including tuition and registration information, contact Stefanie Randol at the PSU College of Education: This course examines theoretical and research perspectives regarding adult learning, motivation, and professional development in college and community environments. The goal is to understand application of learning theory to support teaching, training, and educational programming in formal (traditional classrooms), non-formal (workshops), and alternative (on-line) pedagogical forms including experiential and community-based learning. Equity-centered teaching and learning principles provide the basis for shaping educational praxis strategies that can be adapted to support diverse learners, learning communities, and professional organizations. INSTRUCTOR INFORMATION: Dr. Christine Cress developed and directs the Graduate Certificate and Master’s Degree Specialization in Service-Learning and Community-Based Learning at Portland State University. (visit here for more information). This course is an approved training preparation opportunity for Campus Compact’s micro-credential in Community Engaged Learning & Teaching.

Past Training Opportunities

Community Engagement Fundamentals:

  • January 16 – May 8, 2020: Online graduate course
    • CME 6025G Community Engagement in Higher Education, instructed by Dan Sarofian-Butin, PhD. (Online; offered through Merrimack College). January 16 – May 8, 2020; Weekly Webinar: Fridays 8am – 9am EST.  This course examines the contemporary community engagement movement – e.g., service-learning, civic and community engagement, community-based research- in higher education. It explores key programmatic issues such as course development, student outcomes, and community partnerships as well as core theoretical questions. The courses will focus on the limits and possibilities of community engagement in higher education through multiple frames of reference: technical, cultural, political, and conceptual. This course is an approved preparation opportunity for Campus Compact’s micro-credential in Community Engagement Fundamentals. (4 credits).  For more information, contact Alexandra Harrigan at or visit
  • January 29 – May 13, 2020: Online graduate course
    • HIGHED 662: Community Engagement in Higher Education, instructed by John Saltmarsh, PhD. (Online, offered through UMass Boston, Department of Leadership in Education). January 29 – May 13; Weekly webinar: Wednesdays, 5:30pm -8:15pm ESTStudents may attend in person or on-line (15 student limit). Description: Community Engagement in American Higher Education has had a long history tied to the democratic and public purposes of postsecondary education. This course will focus primarily on the current community engagement movement, starting in the 1970 through to the present. Our collective goal is to critically examine the philosophical, theoretical, historical, and programmatic dimensions of the current community engagement movement as well as the implications for practice, student learning, organizational change, and institutional commitment to fulfilling the democratic purpose of higher education. For more information about the course, including tuition and fees, see the course flier here. Contact for assistance in registering for the course.

Community Partnerships: 

  • May 18 – June 26, 2020: Online graduate  course
    • ED 667G University-Community Relations, instructed by Lane Glenn & Noemi Custodia-Lora (Online, offered through Merrimack College).  Weekly webinar: Monday, 4pm-5:50pm. This course is an exploration of patterns of communication, interaction, and relationships between institutions of higher education and their local and regional communities. The course examines how historical, social, cultural, and political forces impact such relationships and interactions, and how various iterations of power and influence play out between colleges and communities. The course also examines relations within the context of the media and the press, the goals of community development and change, and the role of the university in its engagement with the public sphere