Non-Credit Programs

Temple University offers a wide variety of non-credit and continuing education programs. The Office of Non-Credit and Continuing Education, located at the Ambler campus, provides training and seminars in professional development and personal enrichment topics, as well as computer applications. Courses and certificates are offered at all Temple University campuses. For further information on non-credit programs, visit our online registration system. For campus-specific information, visit the web sites of Temple University Ambler, Temple University Center City and Temple University Harrisburg

Non-Credit Programs: Professional Development and Continuing Education

Professional development certificates and courses can be completed in many areas, including:

Real Estate Institute

The Real Estate Institute is the largest professional real estate education program in the tri-state area offering pre-licensure or real estate broker courses, as well as a broad spectrum of elective courses, all taught by state-certified real estate instructors. The Real Estate Institute's courses are fully accredited by the Pennsylvania Real Estate Commission and are intended for those seeking state licensure and/or professional advancement, but not an academic degree. The courses allow you to qualify for the Pennsylvania Salesperson Licensing examination and, together with a three-year apprenticeship and additional courses, for the Pennsylvania Real Estate Brokers examination. All students who successfully complete a course of study are awarded Real Estate educational credits and a Temple Real Estate Institute transcript. For more information, call 215-204-1539 and/or visit the Real Estate Institute web site.

Tyler School of Art & Architecture Professional Development

The Tyler School of Art and Architecture offers continuing education opportunities in art topics, including professional development programs in painting and sculpture, graphic and interactive design and educator workshops. For more information, call 215-777-9010, e-mail and/or visit the Tyler School of Art and Architecture Professional Development web site.

Act 48 Programs for Educators

Educators can find high quality continuing education at Temple University to upgrade their knowledge and skills in the classroom and to comply with Pennsylvania's Act 48 requirements for certified educators. Temple offers a variety of Act 48 non-credit courses, conferences and workshops for educators at flexible times and in various formats. For more information, call 215-204-4866, e-mail and/or visit the Act 48 Continuing Education web site. 

Non-Credit Programs: Personal Enrichment

Personal enrichment certificates and courses are offered in a variety of areas, including:

  • Digital Photography
  • Arts, Literature and History
  • Languages
  • Food and Entertainment
  • Horticulture
  • Healthy Lifestyles and Exercise
  • College and Test Prep (SAT, GRE, GMAT, LSAT Review Workshops)

For more information about non-credit courses and programs, or to receive catalogs, call the Office of Non-Credit and Continuing Education at 267-468-8500, e-mail and/or visit the Non-Credit Programs web site.

Music Prep

Music Prep offers continuing opportunities for musical growth and enrichment for people of all ages and abilities, from the beginner to the experienced musician. There are programs designed for preschool through high school age students who are considering music as a future career or serious avocation and for adults who wish to develop their musical skills and interests. For more information, call 215-204-1512 and/or visit the Music Prep web site.

Pan-African Studies Community Education Program (PASCEP) 

The Pan-African Studies Community Education Program (PASCEP) is a low-cost, non-credit continuing education service of the Office of Community Relations. PASCEP has remained a pillar in the community for over 40 years, and is the most unique community education program in Philadelphia. With over 25 volunteer faculty members, PASCEP offers a multitude of diverse courses, including Introduction to Personal Computers, Credit Education, American Sign Language, GED Preparation, Genealogy Research, Etymology, Sewing, Grant Proposal Writing, Hip Hop, Spanish, and much more. For more information, call 215-204-1993, e-mail and/or visit the PASCEP web site. 

Tyler School of Art & Architecture Adult Enrichment Programs and Teen/Pre-College Programs

The Tyler School of Art and Architecture offers a variety of adult enrichment programs, including life-long learning, summer workshops and weekend workshops. Class topics range from digital design to painting to working with clay. Tyler also offers teen and pre-college programs. For more information, call 215-777-9010, e-mail and/or visit the Tyler School of Art and Architecture Adult Enrichment Programs and Teen/Pre-College Programs web sites.

Pre-College and Youth Programs


Pre-college programs are an excellent opportunity for high school students to experience what life is really like as a student at Temple University. With programs for grades 9-12, high school students can explore potential majors through non-credit workshops, take undergraduate courses at Temple for college credit, experience residential life on Temple's campus, and network with Temple's faculty and potential future classmates. For more information, call 215-204-2712, e-mail and/or visit the Pre-College programs web site.

Summer Camps

Temple Ambler has been offering Summer Education Camps for more than 25 years at its convenient suburban campus. Camps are available for kids, tweens and teens (between the ages of 8 and 17) during the months of June, July and August. Most camps are one-week, full-day camps that run Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., although some shorter and longer camp sessions are also available. The Temple University Ambler Summer Education Camps provide a wonderful opportunity for youths to learn about a specific area of interest, experience a college campus and have lots of fun at the same time. For more information, call 267-468-8500, e-mail and/or visit the Summer Education Camps web site.

Institute of Reading Development

Reading is a habit that lasts a lifetime. Our reading programs provide students with an engaging curriculum that improves reading and fosters strong language skills. Reading programs are designed and taught by instructors from the Institute of Reading Development and are offered online. For more information, call 1-800-964-8888 and/or visit the Institute of Reading Development web site.

Lifelong Learning

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Temple University Ambler and Temple University Center City

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Temple University (OLLI) is an educational program for people who are retired, near retirement or adults with discretionary time to take daytime classes. The organization provides a lively, no-pressure atmosphere and offers a variety of courses. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute offers courses at the Ambler and Center City campuses. OLLI  provides stimulating classes with great teachers, topics and students. Classes are designed for learners 50 and up. 

OLLI instructors are also OLLI members, representing many professions, vocations and life experiences. Classes are held Monday to Friday. OLLI also presents the Friday Forum, featuring speakers with diverse and interesting backgrounds. Members may sit in on one undergraduate course each semester, subject to university policy and instructor approval. All classes are held at Temple's Center City campus—convenient for public transportation. For more information, call 215-204-1505, e-mail and/or visit the OLLI web site.

Senior Scholars at Temple University

Temple Senior Scholars invites alumni and their spouses or partners age 50 and older to return to Temple's vibrant educational community and sit in on credit classes. For hundreds of Temple alumni each year, the Senior Scholars program means no tests and no grades, just the joy of learning with Temple's diverse students and acclaimed faculty. Choose from a variety of courses in subjects as diverse as American studies and anthropology, history and horticulture, political science and theater. Classes are offered weekdays and evenings at Main Campus, Center City and Ambler. For more information call 215-204-2712, e-mail and/or visit the Senior Scholars web site.