The Continuing Education Unit (CEU) as a nationally recognized unit of measurement for participation in non-credit continuing education programs.
Continuing and Professional Education (CPE) serves as the unit at the University for approving and recording CEUs
What is a Continuing Education Unit (CEU)?
A Continuing Education Unit (CEU) is a measure of participation in an organized continuing education experience under sponsorship by an appropriate authority, with instruction, direction, and evaluation by qualified personnel. One CEU is awarded for each 10 contact hours of instruction in a specified continuing education program or activity. George Mason University follows guidelines designed to assure proper documentation and reporting of noncredit activities in compliance with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) standards.
What is the Eligibility Criteria for a Continuing Education Unit (CEU)?
CEUs may be awarded to any of the following:
- Non-credit classes, clinics, independent study programs, online courses, and TV or videotaped programs used as part of an organized education experience
- Non-credit technical and professional courses
- In-service training programs
- Programs that will fulfill certificate or licensing requirements
- Programs falling within a "technical/industrial society" sponsored by the university, enabling members to upgrade their technical or occupational credentials
- Paraprofessional and vocational training programs
- Staff development programs
CEUs are variable and based on specific programs. They are not granted universally across an entire organization, or universally to individuals. Each class, conference, seminar, or training opportunity must be individually approved by our office in advance of the actual program. Approved CEU offerings are for specific programs offered by an authorized sponsoring university department, organization, agency, business and are issued to learners upon verified completion of stated program requirements.
CEUs are approved to be issued to all participants of programs that have a narrowly defined target audience and a learning objective that meets an identified need within the area of instruction. Sponsors may not opt out of CEUs or issue CEUs to some, but not all, participants. Rather, the issuance of CEUs will be determined solely based on the participants' satisfactory completion of the stated program requirements.
Interested in Submitting a CEU Application?
All programs for which CEUs are awarded must be sponsored by a university department. External agencies, including non-profit organizations, government agencies, businesses and professional development organizations, may be eligible to qualify their programs for CEUs if such programs demonstrate compatibility with the mission of the George Mason University and secure approval through Mason's Continuing and Professional Education.
Mason departments, non-profits, companies and private organizations may submit a CEU application to award CEU issued by George Mason University for education and training programs.
Who Can Receive Continuing Education Units (CEU)?
Participants who successfully complete George Mason University's approved programs will be issued and awarded CEUs. A CEU certificate and verification of completion may be printed after issuance. A permanent record of CEUs awarded is maintained by the university and official university transcripts are easily accessible for certification and verification purposes.
Continuing and Professional Education does not approve CEU issuance to individuals. Individuals may not apply to receive CEUs for a course attended or to be attended. We recommend asking programs in advance of taking a program if CEUs are approved and available.
How Do I Know if a Program or Course has Approved CEUs?
All Continuing and Professional Education courses and programs that have approved CEUs will be stated on the section description on our registration website, and can be viewed on the student portal.