Prospective Learners

Mission Statement

Part of Iowa State Online’s mission is to make the educational resources of Iowa State University available in a flexible, online, non-credit education format to professionals, regardless of age and location, with industry experts and dedicated staff to support students along the way. We do this through our professional development program.


Interested in Iowa State Online short-term courses? Registration is quick and easy.

What Is A CEU?

A unit of credit that is equal to 10 hours of participation in a certified program designed for professionals that have certificates or licenses to practice certain professions.

Why Should my Employer Pay?

You may understand the advantages of continuing your education, but your employer may not. Learn more about how to effectively justify the benefits of continuing your education.


Professionals just like you have taken our courses and want to share their experience of taking online courses from Iowa State University.

Frequently Asked Questions

Looking for quick answers to common questions? Check out our FAQs page.

Interest Survey

We want to understand your needs for professional development opportunities, how you learn about these opportunities, and the kinds of opportunities you’d prefer to participate in.