SCPS Mission and History
Our goal is to see you graduate.
The programs at Elizabethtown College’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS) are specifically designed for working adults with the motivation to go back to school and get their degree. We understand that you need a flexible program that can fit into your already busy life. With 20+ accelerated associate, bachelor’s, certificate, and master’s programs available in blended and online formats, we provide the options that work for you.
The School of Continuing and Professional Studies has been a leader in adult education since 1951 and was among the founding institutions in the consortium of colleges at the Dixon University Center in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
Over the last seven decades, SCPS has grown from teaching a few evening classes to the robust program portfolio it offers today. SCPS launched its first fully online major in 2010 and established its first graduate program in 2012. The 2017-2020 Strategic Plan is looking forward to continued future growth.
"Molded by a commitment to educate for service, Elizabethtown College is a community of learners dedicated to educating students intellectually, socially, aesthetically, and ethically for lives of service and leadership as citizens of the world.
As a comprehensive institution, the College offers academic programs in the liberal arts, sciences, and professional studies. Combining classroom instruction with experiential learning, these programs advance independent thought, personal integrity, and social responsibility as the foundations for a life of learning.
Founded by members of the Church of the Brethren, the College believes that learning is most noble when used to benefit others and affirms the values of peace, non-violence, human dignity, and social justice."
Elizabethtown College's School of Continuing and Professional Studies seeks to extend the boundaries of the College's learning community to include a wider and more diverse population. The School expresses the values of the College's mission through a commitment to and advocacy of degree and non-degree academic programs for adult learners. In particular, the School embraces the values of human dignity and social justice by widening access to quality higher education for adults. In its programs and outreach, the School fosters a learner-centered academic culture that expresses the College's belief that learning is life-long and most noble when used to benefit others.
Signature Program Features
- Undergraduate classes run for five-week sessions; graduate courses run for eight-week sessions.
- Blended courses are offered at sites in Elizabethtown, Harrisburg and Lancaster.
- Students typically take one course at a time, promoting work-life balance.
- Online and blended courses let you learn in the comfort and convenience of your home.
- Instructors with real-world experience bring relevant, current work experience to the classroom.
- Credits transferred from prior college work help you finish your degree faster.
- Step In/Step Out option allows you to set the pace for your learning and degree completion.