Continuing Education Law and Legal Definition

In the U.S., continuing education is a term within a broad spectrum of post-secondary learning activities and programs. Continuing education includes degree credit courses for non-traditional students by non-degree career training, workforce training, formal personal enrichment courses, self-directed learning and experiential learning as applied to problem solving. Continuing education involves enrollment in college or university credit-granting courses, by students enrolled part-time. It is offered through a division or school of continuing education of a college or university known sometimes as the university extension or extension school. It can also mean enrollment in non-credit-granting courses, often taken for personal, non-vocational enrichment. Many non-credit courses can have a vocational function also.