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Fresno Pacific University

Fresno Pacific University is located in Central California in the San Joaquin Valley. The university is situated on a 42-acre campus in Fresno, California, between the Sierra Nevada Mountains one hour to the east, and the beaches of the Pacific Ocean, two hours to the west.

Continuing Education

Continuing Education (CE) offers a variety of independent study courses, certificates, and programs to help meet the ever-increasing demand for professional growth for K-14 educators. The primary goal of Continuing Education is to meet the needs of school districts by providing training that will strengthen the teachers, the school districts, and the students they serve. To provide flexibility and to better serve the needs of the school community, these courses, certificates, and programs are delivered through a combination of modalities.

They are not on-campus courses and may be taken anyplace and anytime. This program provides an excellent way for educators to increase their content knowledge, sharpen teaching skills, or just study in a special interest area. Courses may be used, with district approval, for professional advancement. CE currently serves over 10,000 educators across all 50 states and in 10 foreign countries.


The school began as Pacific Bible Institute in 1944. After a transitional junior college phase, Fresno Pacific University received Western Association of Schools and Colleges accreditation in 1965, the same year in which the first Bachelor of Arts degrees were granted. A fully accredited graduate program in Education was initiated in 1976. The growth and development of undergraduate, graduate and professional studies programs led to renaming the college Fresno Pacific University in 1997. Fresno Pacific University is the only fully accredited, Christian liberal arts university in California's great Central Valley. Fresno Pacific University serves not only members of the Mennonite Brethren Church but also persons from the larger church and public.

Continuing Education
Mission Statement

To model and extend the Kingdom of God in this world through professional development and dedicated to meeting the lifelong learning needs of individuals serving society while engaged in the professions.

Continuing Education
Vision Statement

Creating opportunities to transform lives through lifelong learning.

Continuing Education
Purpose Statement

Continuing Education is an academic community devoted to teaching and learning, wherein our students pursue both intellectual and professional growth.

Continuing Education seeks to integrate theory and practice through innovative strategies and to encourage professionals in informed reflection on values that inspire the highest standards of professional and ethical behavior in the pursuit of excellence in their chosen field, in order to bring transformation to society.

Continuing Education Programs

Educator Courses and Workshop

These independent study courses and workshops have been developed by well-qualified K-14 practitioners who understand the problems and needs in the classroom and are available to give support throughout the course of study. Teachers love our courses and workshops … from the 1 on 1 feedback received from instructors to innovative content immediately usable in the classroom. Earning non-degree graduate-level professional development credits has never been so career-enhancing. Course projects are practical and have teachers create pedagogical tools such as lessons, posters, bulletin boards, videos, presentations, slide shows, models, trip reports, and many more engaging activities that can immediately be used in the educational setting.

Professional Education

Fresno Pacific University brings career building professional education programs to you, online. Whatever your schedule you can start a new career or move up with your current employer by learning in-demand skills through the power of online learning. Take online courses to get career-ready to work in software development, project management, information technology, web development, digital marketing, healthcare, or business. There is a program that fits your needs!

Lifelong Learning

Fresno Pacific University offers a series of fully online lifelong learning courses. These courses are college-level, non-credit offerings for intellectually curious individuals.A great thing about these courses? No homework or exams! Studies tell us that people who are involved in lifelong learning are happier and healthier. Taking courses through FPU Continuing Education allows you to engage with a subject matter expert and exchange ideas and feedback with other lifelong learners. Over time, the program offerings will grow and include a wide range of topics including art, music, history, wellness, business, science, technology, and many more subjects.