Division of Continuing Education

Adult Learning FULL

Serving "life-long learners" is an integral part of FDU's mission. To better meet this goal, in 1998 the University formed Petrocelli College (originally New College), which provides a unified approach toward ...and an enhanced focus on...the special educational needs of the adult learner.

Petrocelli College's programs include graduate and post-baccalaureate programs, two- and four-year undergraduate degrees, pre-college preparation, and both credit and non-credit certification programs, offering the non-traditional student a wide range of continuing education options. Courses are also offered in flexible formats and at convenient times and locations, including both FDU New Jersey campuses and at more than 50 alternate sites throughout the state.

The programs listed on the left navigation are non-credit offerings. See Majors and Academic Programs for credit-bearing programs of study.

Upcoming Programs and Events

Exploring Wine A...Z

This five-class course is designed to enlighten and inspire both the wine novice and wine enthusiast by learning in an interactive environment. Six memorable wines will be tasted in each class with cheeses served to accompany the wines.
New class cycle begins September 12th.

Sexton Educational Programs GMAT and GRE Test Preparation
The Sexton Test Preparation Program of Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Thinking Skills Institute offers GMAT, GRE, and PRAXIS Preparation Courses at no final cost to you.
Summer 2014 Course Offerings
New Class Cycle begins: June 16, 2014
Unstoppable Thinking
How To Refocus Your Thinking To Keep It On Track Toward Its Goal
Wednesday, June 25, 2014, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Focused Thinking SAT Preparation Course
You learn the master thinking skill of refocusing: how to cut through exam “static” by directing your thinking to the right issue at each step of every SAT question, instead of being sidetracked by SAT “distractors.”
New Class Cycle begins: July 7, 2014
Fairleigh Dickinson University partners with the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching
"Discover the iPEC Coaching Advantage"

The Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC), a top-rated coach training school and originator of the Core Energy Coaching™ process that drives human performance and potential, has announced its collaboration with Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) to offer its Certified Professional Coach Training program.

New Class Cycle begins: July 22, 2014
New Jersey Real Estate Salesperson Pre-Licensing Course

FDU's New Jersey Real Estate course is recommended for individuals interested in pursuing a rewarding career as a salesperson, referral agent, investor, or to simply gain insight into an exciting industry. You will be introduced to valuable techniques used in real estate purchasing, selling, investing and leasing.

Monday - Friday, June 16-27, 2014 - 9:15 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday - July 8 - 29, 2014 - 9:15 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Supervision for Law Enforcement Personnel
FDU's Metropolitan Campus
Continuing Education
Suite 1134, Dickinson Hall
140 University Plaza Drive
Hackensack, New Jersey
Part I -  Monday - Wednesday, September 8, 9, 10
Part 2 - Monday - Wednesday, October 6, 7, 8
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Executive Leadership Program for Public Safety Personnel

This program is designed to develop effective, ethical, and technically competent law enforcement/public safety managers with the necessary skills for leadership and command positions in their respective agencies.
New Class Cycle begins: September 18, 2014

3rd Annual Conference for Women in Nonprofit Leadership
Women at the Top: Getting There and Staying There
Sponsored by the Center for Excellence: Leadership, Governance & Philanthropy

FDU Motorcycle Safety Education Program

Be a lifelong learner and take a safety course. Share the passion in our motorcycling community. Whether you are riding for the first time, rediscovering motorcycling after a long hiatus or honing your skills, FDU offers a course to suit your needs - so come ride with us, and ride with confidence!

2014 Schedule and Registration form  (PDF) now available.
Center for Excellence: Leadership, Governance & Philanthropy
Pre-class Orientation / Meet the Presenters
Certificate in Nonprofit Executive Leadership     
Certificate in Nonprofit Philanthropy 
Certificate in Nonprofit Essentials
Emerging Leaders Awards Program Luncheon
The Center for Excellence: Leadership, Governance and Philanthropy, in partnership with the Center for Non-Profits, is held its first Emerging Leaders Awards program at a luncheon on Wednesday, December 4 at the Center for Non-Profits’ annual conference at the Crowne Plaza Monroe, Jamesburg NJ.
The award was created to promote excellence in the field by recognizing and calling attention to the promise and impact of talented nonprofit leaders. Three awards will be given to be used exclusively for either the Executive Nonprofit Leadership Certificate or the Executive Philanthropy and Resource Development Certificate offered by the Center for Excellence Executive Leadership
" A Christmas Carol "

Fairleigh Dickinson University, Continuing Education Department, will present A Christmas Carol at Dickinson Hall in Wilson Auditorium for a 7:00 p.m. performance.This heartwarming show-of-the-season is performed by Gerald Charles Dickens, a great-great grandson of literary master, Charles Dickens on December 1,2014.

Online healthcare classes
“New” Online training for jobs in Medical Coding and Billing, Pharmacy Technician, Medical Administrative Assistant and Medical Transcription Editor. Register by calling 201-692-6500
Past Events
Center For Excellence
Board Leadership Workshop
Thursday, May 29, 2014, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Sustainability: Unleashing HR's Contribution 
By: Jeana Wirtenberg, Ph.D. 
For HR professional: 6.5 CE Hours
College at Florham: Hennessy Hall (The Mansion), Hartford Lounge
Transitioning to Green CareersT
This three-month non-credit certificate program supports individuals from all areas of specialization in finding and securing their professional position in the new green economy.
Next class starts Spring 2014.
00000_CE_tedX_Fall13 FULL Tedx at Fairleigh Dickinson University

Why we care!

On September 21st, 2013, a TED-like experience was held at Fairleigh Dickinson University's Metropolitan Campus in the Giovatto Library Auditorium.




At our TEDxFairleighDickinsonUniversity event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combined to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group.

Complete videos of the event are now posted on the TEDx YouTube channel.  

For more information about the event, visit www.fdu.edu/tedx.


To register for courses or events, or for more information about them, please contact:


Fairleigh Dickinson University
Division of Continuing Education
1000 River Road, H-DH1-02
Teaneck, NJ 07666

Phone: 201.692.6500

Fax: 201.692.6505






To register for these courses or events, or for more information about them, please contact:


Fairleigh Dickinson University
Division of Continuing Education
1000 River Road, H-DH1-02
Teaneck, NJ 07666

Phone: 201.692.6500

Fax: 201.692.6505

Email: ceinfo@fdu.edu