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Continuing Education.

About Us

We are a center of learning excellence using a collaborative approach to develop innovative, relevant learning opportunities, facilitating growth and development of individuals, businesses, and the community.

Our Philosophy:

UMD Continuing Education’s Program Development team is committed to following the art and science of facilitating adult learning, based on the philosophy of Malcolm Knowles.  We design and develop programs based on the qualities of adult learners:

  1. Adults need to know the reason for learning something.
  2. Adults learn best through experience, including trial and error.
  3. Adults need to be responsible for their decisions on education (self-concept); involvement in the planning and evaluation of their instruction.
  4. Adults are most interested in learning subjects having immediate relevance to their work and/or personal lives (readiness).
  5. Adult learning is problem-centered (orientation) rather than content-oriented.
  6. Adults respond better to their internal motivation versus external motivators.


UMD Continuing Education understands that adult learners value taking part in the learning process and applying learning to their real world careers and personal interests. When UMD Continuing Education develops training, we seek opportunities to integrate a variety of activities that will engage the adult learner and reinforce their learning.

Why UMD?

Benefits of UMD Continuing Education Professional Development



General Information:


(218) 726-8113


(800) 627-3529


(218) 726-7609


Postal Address:

Continuing Education
University of Minnesota Duluth
104 Darland Administration Bldg
1049 University Drive
Duluth, MN 55812-3011




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