Continuing Education

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Continuing Education

Continuing education at Eckerd College opens up worlds of opportunities for a wide variety of lifelong learners.

Adult Degree Program (PEL)

Eckerd College's Program for Experienced Learners (PEL) offers adult students affordable, innovative, high quality baccalaureate degree programs that feature personal attention, outstanding instruction, small classes, accelerated terms, convenient locations, financial aid, career services, study-travel options and opportunities to earn credit for experiential learning. Over 4500 adults have earned a degree of distinction through PEL.

Executive Education (LDI)

The Leadership Development Institute has been a network associate of the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) since 1981 and delivers internationally-acclaimed executive development programs to thousands of local, national, and international clients.

Center for Conflict Dynamics

Through assessment, training, consulting, research, and publishing the Center for Conflict Dynamics at Eckerd College seeks to help organizations and individuals develop effective approaches for managing conflict. The Center works with hundreds of consultants, trainers, coaches around the world to deliver a wide variety of conflict management and resolution services. It is also the global vendor of the Conflict Dynamics Profile® assessment instrument and certifies people in the use of the instrument.

Conference Center & Lodge

The Eckerd College Conference Center and Lodge offers comfortable, professional and affordable options for meetings, conferences, retreats or other special events. It is also a convenient place to stay for visiting parents, prospective students and their families, guests of the college, alumni, friends, faculty and staff.

English Language School

The Eckerd College ELS Language Center offers a variety of English language training programs to meet the individual objectives of international students.

Eckerd College Writers' Conference: Writers in Paradise

Writers in Paradise is an intensive eight-day experience of intimate workshop classes, roundtables, panel discussions, readings, book signings and cocktail receptions designed for those who are passionate about writing. Take workshop classes with best-selling authors each January.

Center for Leadership & Lifelong Learning

A variety of senior learning opportunities offer active adult learners many choices. Our programs provide various levels of involvement and numerous topics of interest.

Osher Lifelong Institute

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Eckerd College is a membership organization whose mission is to provide affordable, high-quality, non-credit courses and programs for residents in the greater Tampa Bay area. In addition, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Eckerd College offers many study-travel adventures each year.

Academy of Senior Professionals (ASPEC)

The Academy of Senior Professionals at Eckerd College (ASPEC), mainly retirees, are dedicated to continued learning and sharing their knowledge and experience with the students, the faculty, the community and each other. The Academy is open to all persons committed to its principles of humane concern and intellectual purpose and who have the ability to share experience and expertise.

Road Scholar

Road Scholar is a week-long residential program that offers creative approaches to a wide variety of liberal arts topics. Over 70 programs are offered annually in various Florida locations.

Fast Facts

1,850 residential students
700 PEL students
188 acres of waterfront 
39 majors 
95% of faculty hold terminal degree


Eckerd College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelors degrees. Learn more.