Fielding Graduate University was founded in 1974 and is a non-profit, accredited university. They are accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Its campus is located in Santa Barbara, California. It is made up of three schools which are the School of Educational Leadership and Change, the School of Human and Organizational Development, and the School of Psychology.
Professionals who are interested in distance learning courses can enroll in Online Professional Development courses at Fielding Graduate University. These are designed for those who are committed to lifelong learning or those who wish to broaden their area of expertise. In order to receive academic credit for these courses, the student must hold a bachelor degree or higher.
For coaches, Fielding offers online distance learning courses in areas including Evidence Based Coaching Theory, Neuroscience, Mindfulness, and Coaching, Appreciative Coaching, How to Start a Coaching Business, and Conflict Resolution Tools in Coaching. In addition, Fielding offers a Year-long Evidence Based Coaching Certificate. This is one of the only accredited coaching classes that is approved for granting academic credit and the graduate is prepared to apply for their International Coach Federation credentials.
Another interesting distance learning program is the Nonprofits and Philanthropy Certificate in Grant Writing. This is intended for those who need to hone their proposal writing skills. Students will be writing their own proposal and building their technical writing skills. This course qualifies for Continuing Education Units.
Fielding Graduate University also offers distance learning courses in Professional and Organizational Development. Options in this area are Theories of Sustainable Development, Assessments and Tools for OD Practicioners, Leading Change that Matters with Visual Facilitation, and Social Responsibility for Organizational Leaders. Developing these skills and broadening one’s knowledge base will keep professionals current in their field and can give them an advantage in the work place.
Distance learning students have access to a wealth of resources from Fielding University. Student discussion forums, a student service center, library, online store, and more are valuable tools that each student can utilize to make the most of their academic experience. There are student advisors and other supporting staff who are passionate about the success of each and every student at Fielding.
As of January 2011, the average student age at Fielding University is 44, but the age-range of students is 23-75. There are over 3,000 alumni across all 50 states and in 26 countries. Their professional community across the world consists of dedicated individuals who are fully committed to lifelong education and social justice.