Below are some of the most common questions we hear. If your question isn't answered, please give us a call at 716-286-8181 or contact us so we can assist you.
Where are we? You can view a campus map.
The department remains committed to the mission of the university and the philosophy that inexpensive, community-based education enriches the life of the community, the university and the people who live here.
Unfortunately no. Please understand that we have to decide if we run a class based upon the enrollments we receive. You will receive a refund if the course cancels. We generally make a decision on holding a class 2 days before the class and you will be notified if it cancels.
Registered Continuing Education students may park in any yellow spot on campus without a permit after 5pm Monday-Friday and on weekends. Campus Safety, which can be reached at 716.286.8111, strongly encourages you to stop and pick up a visitor parking pass to help track your vehicle and locate you in case of any emergency.
Dwyer Arena and the parking lots near O’Shea building usually have the most open spaces. A campus map is available online.
Yes, You can teach!
Teaching for our department is a fabulous networking and marketing opportunity. Continuing and Community Education does not require its instructors to have teaching degrees or certification, but must show a thorough knowledge of their subject. Adults who have skills or knowledge that they would like to share are invited to submit a course proposal. All proposals are reviewed and if selected, the instructor is called in for an interview with the director.
Instructors hold temporary status at Niagara University. As such, the office approves and assists instructors with developing their own courses and materials. Our office can arrange for space within the university or community for the instructor to teach his/her class . There are no benefits associated with being a temporary employee through Continuing Education.
The course is for you to design. Feel free to use our expertise in determining how long and when to offer a course. In partnership, we can come up with exciting programs that fill the needs of our students. Most courses are scheduled in the evening from 6 PM and run as late as 9:30 PM. Course are also scheduled on weekends. We are looking to develop more daytime offerings on weekdays. Course and workshop proposals may be submitted at any time but there are pre-determined deadlines for each teaching session.
The foundation of your proposal should be your course description. If you can make your course sound appealing and communicate clearly and concisely what you will be teaching, chances are you will also be successful as an instructor. Good course descriptions will also interest more people in your course and increase enrollments. The course proposal is comprised of:
- A title; description of what you will be teaching; instructor biography or list of qualifications
- For editing purposes, your entire course proposal cannot exceed 100 words. Please attach your resume, references and include any copies of certifications.The first five words of a course description will often determine if the reader will go on or pass to another course description. Make them count!
- Interviews. The director and staff review all proposals. If your proposal is accepted, an interview will be scheduled.
- Your proposal in greater detail , the pay scale and policies.
- Time of course and starting date.
- Logistics such as specific needs, limits, equipment.