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Professional Development

Training and professional development helps the MSU community elevate the quality and effectiveness of our work and processes. We encourage ongoing learning for faculty and staff.

Course Listings

Organization and Professional Development offers courses on a variety of topics to help you enhance your career. Instructor-led courses offered are listed here.

Sign Up for Upcoming Courses

Sign up for courses to help you reach your personal and professional goals! 

  1. Visit and log in with your MSU NetID and password. 
  2. Click on "My Career & Training". 
  3. Click on "Courses for Employees at MSU". 
  4. Click on the "Browse Current Courses" link, then on the "Organization and Professional Development" link. 
  5. Click on the folder of interest or "All Current Courses", then click on the course of interest. 
  6. Click the preferred course date.
  7. Click "Request Participation". 
  8. Click "OK" to confirm. 
  9. Choose your payment method and enter your department account number.
  10. Click "OK".     


SpartansLearn is another place to find technology training and other professional development opportunities for the Michigan State University community.

Educational Assistance

Educational assistance benefits and eligibility are governed by an employee’s respective collective bargaining unit agreement. Non-union employees and Academic Specialists also have educational benefits available to them.

Educational assistance, or “ed assist,” benefits are available to help achieve educational and career development goals. There are two different aspects of educational assistance: non-credit courses and credit courses.

Educational Assistance may only be used as an individual benefit and is not available for mandatory or departmental required training, seminars, workshops, retreats and other use.