The Division of Non-traditional Degrees and Continuing Education at Chicago State UniversityContinuing Education

Chicago State University’s Continuing Education & Non-traditional Degree programs have been providing quality lifelong education for more than 40 years. Our programs are for people of all ages and backgrounds, and include nontraditional undergraduate degree programs, educational and training courses, workshops, and seminars. You can complete courses online or in-person, or both. We've also made scheduling easy with daytime, evening and Saturday class options. We even recognize learning for life experience with the Adult Integrated Learning Program.

Nontraditional Degree Programs

We offer two degree programs, the Adult Integrated Learning Program and the Individualized Curriculum Program. Students who complete either of these programs are awarded a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science Degree.

The Adult Integrated Learning (AIL) Program

Through the AIL program, you can earn an undergraduate degree in a manner compatible with both your educational needs and lifestyle. This program is for students that want to receive credit for past coursework completed at other schools or skills learned outside the classroom. The courses must have been completed at regionally accredited colleges or universities.

You may also apply for academic credit through the preparation of a prior learning portfolio. This portfolio should document specific college-level knowledge gained through non-academic pursuits. You must also demonstrate that this knowledge is related to CSU courses.

The Individualized Curriculum Program (ICP)

The ICP program is for mature and motivated adults, 18 years and older, who wish to plan their own academic program.

You will work with a program advisor and the dean to develop curricula that are relevant to your life and career goals. You, the student, will be considerably more responsible for course selection and sequence.

Student Testimonials

"The program was challenging; however, I appreciated the flexibility it offered."- Stephanie Robinson, class of 2022

“I had a great experience in the program!”- Obehi Adiman, class of 2022.

Community Programming

Options Program

Through the Options Program, the university offers classes, workshops and seminars covering a variety of interests for all ages. Included are classes in:

  • Academics
  • Computers
  • Arts and crafts
  • Business and vocations
  • Dance and fitness
  • Music
  • Personal development
  • Recreation
  • Special courses for mature adults.

With the Options Program, you can join an active and creative community of lifelong learners. All classes are non-credit and reasonably priced.

Programs in Partnership with the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act

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These programs are designed to assist unemployed and underemployed individuals in returning to the workforce. To qualify for the grant applicants must meet eligibility and suitability criteria.

Additional information and requirements about these programs can be found in the university catalog

Other Training Opportunities and Partners

Are you looking for career advancement, gainful employment, or integrated workforce training? Chicago State University Continuing Education and its partners have the programs to meet your needs.



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 Career Pathways

Have you ever wondered how your major might help you after you graduate? See this new academic major report for the state of Illinois!

This tool contains useful data on how graduates from different majors are doing in the labor market: How much money are they earning? What industries are they working in? How much debt do they graduate with? What occupations are they likely to hold? Whether declaring an initial major, or switching majors, use this tool to better inform you of your choices!