Enrollment Overview, Registration, Tuition

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1. Mission & Governance

Mission Statement

As a global educational leader, Kepler is passionate about enhancing the field of astrology in a professional and structured way by developing and offering quality resources for investigation, education, and practical application.

We strive for excellence by applying academic standards and professional ethics to the study of astrology. We aim to transform the modern understanding and value of astrology by presenting the field in its historical, philosophical, and cultural context.

Governance

Kepler College is a 501c3 non-profit educational organization. We were incorporated on October 27, 1992 and received our non-profit designation on August 10, 1993. We initially opened as an academic college authorized by the Higher Education Coordinating Board of the State of Washington from March 10, 2000 through March 10, 2012.  

In 2010, we began the development of our Certificate Program which focuses on building astrological expertise. Our Certificate program continues to offer a wide range of educational opportunities for astrologers worldwide.

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees provides financial and business oversight to ensure Kepler College maintains its commitment to our Mission. 

Omari Martin, Chair, Board of Trustees
  • Tamira McGillivray, Vice-Chair
  • Denise Menton, Secretary
  • Candace Winn, Treasurer
  • Bruce Scofield, Research
  • Alex Zolotov, Marketing
  • Kalen Aradia, Student liaison
  • Enid Newberg, Special projects
  • Gary Gomes, Special projects
  • Dr. William Morris, Special projects

Administrative Council

The Administrative Council provides oversight of Kepler's curriculum design and development, ensuring that our programs meet our high educational standards. It consists of a mix of Instructors and Administration with invited representation from the Board of Trustees. 

Members of the Administrative Council

  • Donna Young, facilitator
  • Kenneth Miller
  • Karen McCauley
  • Tamira McGillivray
  • Enid Newberg
  • Carol Tebbs

Administration

President: Kenneth Miller kenneth@keplercollege.org

Letter from the President

Welcome to Kepler’s Certificate Program. In this program, our faculty and administration have taken the best of what we have learned since our incorporation in 1992 and brought it to an exciting online forum for professional education for astrologers.

We want anyone with a desire to learn to get both the practical skills in chart interpretation and a critical appreciation of the underpinnings of their craft. Our teams of instructors have researched the origins and philosophies behind the methodology so you can see and evaluate the approaches of various schools of astrology. They have sifted through books and articles and tested techniques they’ve found in their own practice. Their goal is to bring you clear explanations of how various methods are applied and introduce you to controversies or issues surrounding them.

We are also dedicated to bringing our students a chance to learn astrology within a larger social context. For example, our core faculty for courses in counseling have a background in psychology and/or sociology. Our core business and financial instructors have an MBA and a background in business.  We believe that quality education is the key to a brighter future for astrologers. We hope you will join us to discover the exciting richness of our astrological traditions.



1.1. Affiliations and Equivalents

ISAR

The Kepler Certificate Program is an approved school with ISAR, the International Society of Astrological Research.

ISAR supports and recommends schools of astrology all over the world whose curriculum enables students of astrology to raise their knowledge to the high standards necessary to become an ISAR CAP (Certificate of Astrological Proficiency). Kepler College is currently an affiliate of ISAR and their graduated students fulfill the main requirements for testing for the ISAR CAP.

NCGR

As of January 2012, the NCGR-PAA Board has unanimously approved acceptance of Kepler's Certificate Program into their Equivalency Program. 

Those students completing the Kepler Certificate Program must take NCGR-PAA's Level IV exam in order to earn NCGR-PAA Level IV certification.  They are exempt from taking Levels I, II, and III. 


2. Overview

Do you want more than memorization and simplifi­ed interpretations?

If so, Kepler College is right for you. Our courses are designed for the serious student seeking essential astrological knowledge, tools and skills. They provide the beginner with a great foundation, the aspiring professional with solid skills to be able to earn a living at astrological consultation, and the professional astrologer with continuing education to further serve their clients.

We know you want value for your money. You want to exit a course knowing more, able to use that knowledge and have the skill to evaluate materials you explore on your own. Our instructors provide you with an opportunity to develop the tools and skills you need to succeed. That is our commitment. We have provided our students with an in-depth astrological experience since 2000.


2.1. Quick Facts

Kepler offers three types of learning opportunities: courses, webinars, and workshops. Only courses are interactive, provide feedback and evaluation, and count towards certificates and diplomas. Most workshops are interactive but do not provide evaluation. Webinars are essentially lectures and passive learning. All live sessions are recorded and available for review.

Qualifying Courses (the Certificate and Diploma Program)

All courses provide an opportunity to delve intensively into a topic area as well as multiple opportunities to develop skill, confidence and professional competence.

Our classes have regular online meetings plus a course site filled with articles, AV materials, and useful web connections. Students test their knowledge through quizzes, graded assignments, and online discussion.

We encourage students to develop lasting astrological fellowships as they interact with classmates.

Certificate courses are open to everyone.

  • Credit courses are either five or ten weeks in length. We also have some self-paced courses that students can take at any time.
  • Our courses provide an intensive, in-depth exploration of the material and regular instructor feedback.
  • Courses include homework and for-credit students should expect to spend between 8-12 hours per week working on course materials and attending online meetings.
  • Each course has an online course site with an outline of the weekly objectives and lecture notes. Also included are additional resources such as presentations, audio-visual resources, discussion forums, supplemental readings, quizzes, and more.
  • In all courses, students receive feedback and their work is evaluated. For credit, a student must successfully complete the required material (generally a grade of 70% to 75% or above on the assignments and participation in the discussions). They will receive a certificate acknowledging their accomplishment. Most certificates require successful completion of 30 weeks of courses.

  • Students who have taken or wish to take a course outside of Kepler to apply to this certificate should contact the Kepler office to help determine whether or how that course might be accepted.
Supplemental Materials: In some certificates, there are supplemental courses or a library of supplemental materials available only to enrolled students. Unless specifically designated by the instructor, this material is not required but can be explored as desired for the student’s enjoyment and self-development.


2.2. Learning Opportunities at Kepler

Kepler offers three different types of learning opportunities, each with a different focus. A description of webinars, workshops, and special events and a link for registration can be found on the Kepler homepage at www.keplercollege.org.

Complimentary Classes: There are free classes available on the website. These classes are provided for public enjoyment and development. They do not have any live interaction or instructor assistance.

Community Webinars: Our free Community Webinars are 1-1/2 hours in length and provide an opportunity for astrologers to experience a variety of topics and speakers. These webinars are offered to the community as part of our non-profit mission and as a thank you for supporting Kepler College.

Community Webinars give invited speakers a chance to present a topic they are excited about—and perhaps one new or unusual. This opportunity is available to both seasoned professionals and to those new to the community. Prior free webinars are sometimes offered for sale to raise scholarship money.

Scholarship Webinars: Kepler periodically offers paid webinars that are designed to raise money for student scholarships.

Workshops: Workshops are a good way to explore a topic without the pressure of academic assignments or evaluation. These range from two to 20 hours in length. Topics vary from the history of astrology to astrological techniques. Workshops are in a lecture format with an opportunity for audience questions.

Recordings are sent to participants within a few days after the workshop sessions.


2.3. The Marion D. March Electronic Library

Students have access to online library materials while they are enrolled in regular credit courses. Others can pay a nominal fee to gain access.

The electronic library provides access to previous webinars, out-of-copyright digital books, internet resources, and an online catalog of astrological materials available from different sources.


3. Considering Online Education

Many students want to be able to learn in an environment that maximizes flexibility: whether in terms of time or in terms of place. The Certificate Program's online structure gives students the flexibility to schedule when and where they pursue their studies.

Our purpose of the certificate program is to create the breadth of knowledge necessary for students to become and grow as astrological professionals. This means we will offer not only a breadth of knowledge about astrological techniques, but the skills to become effect­ive practitioners, including business and technology skills and an understanding of human behavior to enable the astrologer to be sensitive to client needs and ethical considerations.

Our courses are designed to foster:

  • Knowledge and Understanding
  • Personal Growth
  • Communication skills
  • Critical Thinking skills
  • Technology Skills

Course Design

Students fulfill their course requirements through reading, various types of assignments, writing, researching, and participating in online discussion forums as well as live interactions via the Internet. Central to the learning experience is collaborative learning relationships with both faculty and fellow students. Most courses will have both written materials as well as audio or audio-visual lectures available online.

Students and faculty will be in regular communication with each other via a secure internet course site, by e-mail, and through web conferencing.

Learning objectives, topic overviews, assignments, and other information for each course are posted online. Presentations, papers, or other demonstrations of learning may be required which cover selected areas of study. Research projects may also be required.


3.1. Challenges to Learning Online

Online learning requires some self-discipline to be successful. If you answer yes to the following questions, online learning may be right for you.

  • Can you stay on task without direct supervision?
  • Can you manage your time well and prioritize your workload?
  • Are you able to learn by reading?
  • Do you usually understand written instructions?

Computer experience

You will need the following skills and capabilities before you begin your courses. Some limited assistance is available if you have problems in any of these areas.

  • Know how to open, create, save, print, and move files on or from your computer.
  • Know how to download files and find them later.
  • Know how to play video files.
  • Know how to install software on your computer.
  • Be able to access the World Wide Web (www) on a regular basis.
  • Know how to download and print documents from the Internet.
  • Know how to upload documents to the Internet.
  • Have an active e-mail address and know how to send and receive e-mail messages.
  • Know how to attach a file to an e-mail and open a file attachment.
  • Know how to "copy and paste" text to and from office applications, the Internet and e-mail

3.2. Technical Requirements

  • We use GoToMeeting for our live meeting software. You can access the live meetings through your computer, tablet, or smartphone.
  • We use Moodle for our online classroom. While any student can use Moodle, it is recommended that you have:
    • Basic computer skills
    • Experience navigating the Internet and using Internet browsers
    • Basic knowledge of formatting using a word processor
    • Comfort working with multiple windows
    • An up-to-date browser. Google Chrome or Firefox work best.
  • Adjusting Your Pop-up Blocker Settings 

    We appreciate pop-up blockers 99% of the time for sparing us from unwanted advertisements. You need to enable pop-ups in Moodle, however, because pop-up technology is used in Moodle to display and process some kinds of content. Learn how to enable Moodle pop-ups in Firefox and Internet Explorer. In most cases, this is a one-time adjustment. The address you need to add to your list of "whitelisted" sites is "keplerclasses.org"

o   Mobile Apps. You can use a web browser or a mobile app to access your course site. If you are interested in the app, you can download it for both Android and iOS systems. 


3.3. Software Requirements

Software for assignments

  • A word processor that can read and write .RTF files and read and write .DOC files
  • Presentation software such as PowerPoint, Google Docs presentation, OpenOffice or LibreOffice Impress.
  • A presentation program that can read or write to the MS Powerpoint .ppt format
  • Optional: A spreadsheet program that can read or write to the MS Excel .xls format
  • The ability to view video files in an .MP4 format and listen to files in an .MP3 format.

Free Software Alternatives

We do ask that assignments be saved in a Word .doc format to ensure the instructor can open and mark your work. If you do not have Microsoft Office software, there are plenty of free alternatives that you can use.  

  • LibreOffice: This excellent open-source software is similar to Microsoft Office and includes Writer (equivalent to Word), Calc (equivalent to Excel), and Impress (equivalent to PowerPoint). It will read and write MS Office documents and understands .doc, .rtf, .xls and .ppt file formats. For more information, visit http://www.libreoffice.org/

  • Google Docs: If you have email using gmail, you have access to Google Docs, which has free online office software (including equivalents to Word, Excel and PowerPoint)

  • Microsoft Office Online (free edition). This is a limited version of the Microsoft Office Suite and provides good basic functionality.

Astrological Software

You do not need to purchase astrological software for most courses. Free astrological software sufficient for most course assignments is available on a number of websites, including:

Course Exceptions 

  • Software similar to Jigsaw, Solar Fire, or Sirius will make your studies easier in W112A and W112B Rectification.
  • You will need Nova Chart Wheels in advanced Symmetrical / Uranian Astrology courses (you will receive a 1/2 price discount on Nova Chart Wheels when you enroll in the course).



4. Registration: Enrollment and Records

The registrar provides services and advice pertaining to admissions, financial aid, regis­tration, records, status letters, and evaluation revision, available scholarships, advice on academic warnings, etc. Contact the Registrar at registrar@keplercollege.org

Information Center

Students or other interested parties may contact the Information Center at info@keplercollege.org any time throughout the school year. The Information Center has information about:

  • The instructional program.
  • Application, registration, and payment deadlines.
  • Services, activities, and events.
  • Faculty and student contact information.
  • Schedules
  • Catalogs
  • Brochures

Students with Disabilities

The administration looks forward to working with the disabled student to discern and im­ple­ment as many learning options as possible within the restraints of the instructional design, and that does not result in undue finan­cial burdens on Kepler. A student with a disability should contact the Kepler admini­stration if special assistance is required.

The Course Website

  • Provides 24-7 access to the student's courses.
  • Provides study skills and self-help information.
  • Provides online library resources.

Prior Learning Challenge

A Prior Learning challenge lets you challenge one course within a certificate program. In the advanced certificates, you must show you are already comfortable with and understand the information from prior experi­ence or prior study.

For astrological methods, the student can challenge W101 and W102 Astrology Fundamentals through testing. Evidence of NCGR Level II completion or greater, OCA graduation, AFA professional level certification equivalencies will be dealt with on an individual basis. Credit can be given for the Vedic classes offered by ACVA, Chris Brennan’s course in Hellenistic Astrology, and Chart Calculation through IAA or NCGR Level II. An interview may be part of the evaluation process.

The student is responsible for submitting the evaluation paperwork in order to request a challenge.

5. Tuition Overview

  • To enroll in courses and workshops, all you need to do is sign up and pay. 
  • Just like workshops, the for-credit courses are available for anyone to enroll. Students do not have to decide ahead of time whether or not they are going to complete the course for credit or if they are interested in earning a Certificate or Diploma. 
  • The College tracks each student’s progress and someone is always available to help if you want assistance in deciding your path.
  • Please note that a five-percent early bird discount is available for Certificate and Diploma courses if you enroll two weeks prior to the term start date. 
  • Tuition may be paid by check, money order, Visa or MasterCard. Full tuition is expected on or before the registration deadline each term. 

Email 

IMPORTANT

  • You must have an active email account and be familiar with sending and receiving emails.
  • The Registrar must have your current e-mail address when you register AND when­ever you change to a new email address.

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Costs for Webinars and Workshops:

Monthly community webinars: free – donations requested
Short workshops range from $29 to $100
Workshops that cover multiple weeks range from $100 to $295

Costs for Certificate for-credit Courses

Fees:

  • One-time enrollment fee = $40
  • Books: $0 to $60 per course
  • Software: Most courses do not require personal astrological software. The more advanced courses on symmetrical astrology require Nova Chart Wheels.  Because we have an arrangement with Astrolabe, students receive a 50% discount on this software.
  • Return Check Fee: There is a $25 charge plus collection costs for each returned check. After receiving two returned checks, the college may require that all future transactions be made by certified bank check or cleared electronically prior to the start of a course.

Tuition Costs

For each week of instruction in the certificate course, students should expect at least 8 hours of student time to attend any live sessions and complete the reading and homework. 

  • Individual certificate course: 10 weeks = $585.00 (approximately ; 5 weeks = $295.00
  • Individual certificate (30 weeks, 9 months) = maximum $1770.00
  • Professional Diploma in Astrology (12 courses plus chart calculation) = maximum approximately $7195.00
  • Advanced Professional Diploma in Astrology = 6 additional certificate courses = maximum $3,510
  • M100 Chart Calculation $175

Transfer of Credit fee: $50 for each evaluation request
Challenge fee: $50 for each test submitted


5.1. Financial Aid

Kepler College is one of the very few astrology schools that sponsors its own scholarships. Last year, we were able to offer scholarships to over 20 students. The general scholarships are designed to help students taking our intensive courses for a certificate or diploma. The diversity scholarship is designed to increase access for under-represented groups. 

The Maggie Nalbandian Scholarships sponsored by Kepler College

Applications are submitted on a term-by-term basis even if you have been approved in a previous term. 

Act Soon! The deadline for applications is no later than one month before the start of each term!

To serve the largest number of students, these scholarships generally range between $100 to $250 per student, per term. 

  • CLICK HERE for a Word version of the General Scholarship Application (in .rtf format that can be read by any word processing program)
  • CLICK HERE for a PDF version of the application

Diversity Scholarship

Kepler also offers an opportunity for tuition-free scholarships to those who are under-represented in astrology education programs and who could not financially afford the program without assistance. Qualified applicants, of any age, can be physically challenged, a member of a historically marginalized ethnic, gender, or sexual minority, or an intersection of any of the above. 

Applications are accepted year-round, but the selection for diversity scholarships happens in early September for the upcoming school year.

  • If you have a Google account and want to apply online, please CLICK HERE

If you prefer to download a copy of the application, you can choose between a Microsoft Word or PDF version below:

  • CLICK HERE for a Word version of the Diversity Scholarship Application
  • CLICK HERE for a PDF version of the application

Organizational Scholarships

Students who are members of astrological organizations are encouraged to check if they offer any scholarships for astrological study. ISAR, AFA, and NCGR do periodically provide these general scholarships that can be used at many astrology schools. Other groups may as well.

5.2. Refund and Cancellation Policy

Refunds

Please be certain that you want the course for which you have enrolled.

DIGITAL GOODS

If you purchase and download a digital file, for example, a recording of a webinar, a workshop or an ebook, there are NO refunds. If you have a problem with a digital file that you have previously purchased, contact info@keplercollege.org and we will evaluate your situation on a case-by-case basis.

WORKSHOPS

Workshops that are online and are joined via online conferencing software: You can request a refund up to 24 hours before the start date. There will be a $20 service charge per workshop cancelled.
If you sign up for a multi-week workshop and cancel after attending one session for good cause, you will be refunded a proportional amount minus a $20 service charge.

COURSES

Refunds are available up to one week prior to the course start less a $20 service charge per course. In courses that students have accessed, there are NO REFUNDS. However, fees can be transferred to another course.

Refund requests based on non-attendance or unawareness of refund procedures are NOT considered justifiable.

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Taking a Course Over Two Terms

In the Fundamentals courses (W101, W102, W103, W104, W110, and W111A), if a student is unable to attend or complete a course in one term, they may extend their tuition to the next term the course is taught (for example, a student enrolls in the Spring, but is unable to complete the course - upon request, they can attend the Summer term for no additional cost). They must notify the instructor prior to the end of the first course in order to take advantage of this option.

For all courses other than those specified above, any extension is solely at the discretion of the instructor. Additional fees may be required.

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Cancellation of a Course

Occasionally enrollment is not sufficient to offer a course that was scheduled to take place in a particular term, or an instructor may have an emergency that prevents him or her from teaching a scheduled course.

If Kepler cancels the course, any money already paid by the student may be applied to other courses. Students may also ask for a refund of such funds after the cancellation of the course. If the request is made for a cash refund after 30 days, a $20 service fee will apply.


6. Kepler College Certificates

Requirements for Completion

To earn a certificate or a diploma, the student must complete the prescribed curriculum, earn a passing grade, and satisfactorily discharge all financial obligations for their program.

Certificates consist of 2 or 3 courses that allow a student to delve deeper into a subject area. An advanced certificate adds a 4th course consisting of a practicum to refine the student's skills.

Available Certificates

Students new to astrology generally begin with the four natal studies courses (W101, W102, W103, and W104) in the certificate
Astrological Fundamentals: Natal Astrology. This gives them the tools they need to analyze a natal chart and provide a clear interpretation. The first three courses give students a solid understanding the natal chart. The final course is a practicum that focuses on the types of questions regularly encountered with clients. These four courses are also required for the Professional Diploma in Astrology. 

Most students continue by taking the first two (W110 and W111A) of the courses in the Movement and Prediction Certificate. These two courses allow students to better understand the rhythms of a lifetime through an analysis of transits, progressions, directions, and more. These courses are required for the Movement & Forecasting Certificate as well as for the Professional Diploma. Students who continue with the Certificate will take an additional 15 weeks of study. At this point, students can expand their astrological studies in a direction that interests them, or go on to complete the Professional Diploma

7. Kepler Professional Diploma in Astrology (KPDA)

Completion of our Professional Diploma provides a well-rounded introduction to astrological practice and philosophyIt takes about three to four years to complete the diploma and a minimum of 135 weeks of required coursework.  

Our diploma recipients are eligible to take the NCGR (National Council for Geocosmic Research) Level IV professional exam without having to take any of the earlier exams.  

Requirements for the Professional Diploma in Astrology (KPDA) 
The Core Essentials 
  • Fundamentals of the Natal Chart 
    • W101 Fundamentals I: Introduction to the Basics (10 weeks)
    • W102 Fundamentals II: Alternate Tools for Interpretation (10 weeks)
    • W103 Fundamentals III: Building Delineation Skills (10 weeks)
    • W104 Fundamentals IV: Natal Chart Practicum (10 weeks)
  • Movement and Forecasting  
    • W110 Fundamentals V: Introduction to Chart Movement (10 weeks)
    • W111A Fundamentals VI: Additional Tools (5 weeks) 
    • Plus one course from W111B – W111G (5 weeks)  
    • W112A Rectification (5 wk) OR W113A Movement Practicum (5 weeks) 
  • Foundation Basics 
    • E300 Astrological Heritage (10 weeks)
    • E400 Astronomy for Astrologers (10 weeks)
    • M100 Chart Mechanics  (10 weeks)
    • WR201 Counseling Issues in Astrology (10 weeks)
    • V100A (5 weeks) Crash Course in Indian Astrology OR V101 Introduction to Indian Astrology (10 weeks)
  • Electives (25 weeks) 
  • Demonstration of Proficiency – This can be something written for publication, a multi-media presentation, TAing for a Kepler class, research project, or an oral presentation to the Kepler community or another professional group. The project must have pre-approval by a faculty sponsor. 

List of all courses

Equivalent Non-Kepler Courses

Students must petition to get credit for courses they have taken elsewhereBelow are the minimum requirements for acceptance of outside courses:  

  • Must have a minimum of 20 hours auditory or live instruction 
  • Must have assigned readings and written homework 
  • Must cover the historical and philosophical underpinnings of content presented 
  • Must have regular feedback and a final evaluation process that tests the student’s knowledge 
  • Must provide written proof of successful course completion 


8. Kepler Advanced Professional Diploma in Astrology (KAPDA)

The Advanced Professional Diploma in Astrology offers the student the opportunity to build their skills through (1) expansion of knowledge about astrology’s development, (2) further development of astrological skills, (3) understanding what is required for professional practice; and (4) a demonstration of knowledge.  

Pre-requisite: Completion of basic diploma, or a demonstration of equivalent knowledge and permission of administration 

Required: 60 weeks of additional courses (a mix of 5 or 10-week courses). Independent study in a specific area of astrology can be substituted for up to 20 weeks (consult with the administration if you are interested in this option). 

  • At least 20 weeks of additional liberal arts courses in Literature or the Arts, Eastern and/or Western philosophy, systems theory, mythology, philosophy, or Esoteric studies. 
  • At least 10 weeks in the practical application of astrological techniques & methods (forecasting, advanced interpretation) 
  • Up to 20 additional weeks of electives 
  • At least 5 weeks in business and/or marketing for professional practice 
  • 5 weeks advanced practicum/mentorship. 

The Final Demonstration of Learning can include: 

  • Publication of a non-opinion or straight expository written article or video presentation (YouTube, Vimeo or another provider) 
  • Recording of a professional speaking engagement  
  • Presentation of a Kepler webinar 
  • Presentation/lecture in a Kepler class 
  • Joint project with a Kepler instructor 
  • Facilitator for a Kepler study group  
  • Defined qualitative or quantitative research project 
  • Or other tangible demonstration of learning 
 
  • NOTE: Independent study in a specific area of astrology that culminates in a book, research presentation, or successful completion of an external intensive training course can be substituted for up to 20 weeks. The student must have pre-approval by a faculty sponsor.