1. Our Philosophy
Because of the rapid changes taking place in today’s work and home environment, we want our students to learn more than just astrological techniques. We want them to learn to collaborate, analyze issues, synthesize information, and evaluate events and human interactions. We also want them to learn how to learn and expand their knowledge. The vision of Kepler is to create a learning environment that promotes educational excellence and personal growth.
In The Fifth Discipline, Peter Senge wrote: "Real learning gets to the heart of what it means to be human. Through learning we recreate ourselves. Through learning, we become able to do something we were never able to do. Through learning, we perceive the world and our relationship to it. Through learning, we extend our capacity to create, to be part of the generative process of life."
Kepler programs encourage and promote intellectual openness, integrity, research, analytical skills, cooperation, self-confidence, respect for knowledge, and a true love of learning. Special emphasis is placed on you, the student, to develop self-managed learning skills, as courses are taught primarily through guided independent study.
Kepler has identified some general education competencies that it considers essential to its program and the development of habits for life-long learning and professional development. The learning activities of the program are designed to help you develop these competencies.
- Knowledge and Understanding: Competence with the core materials presented in their courses and understanding of the dynamics between theory and practice.
- Communication: Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
- Critical Thinking: Capacity to analyze, synthesize and evaluate information, respond creatively to concepts and experiences, and be self-reflective.
- Multi-Cultural Appreciation: Reflection on the relationship between personal cultural experiences and the experiences and values of other cultures and historical periods.
- Personal Growth: Openness to look at things from different angles and respect differing views.
- Technology Skills. Expansion of technological growth through producing assignments or projects in a variety of media.
The educational year is comprised of four 10-week terms. Courses for certificates or the diploma program require 8-10 hours per week of work.
- Certificates consist of two or three 10-week courses. Read More
- The Professional Diploma in Astrology (KPD) requires the equivalent of 14 ten-week courses. Read More
- The Advanced Professional Diploma (KAPD) requires an additional 6 courses. Read More
Each diploma requires an individual demonstration of learning. This can be an article for publication, a research project, a webinar, or other public presentation.
Although many courses have only a single instructor, Kepler values varying perspectives and multiple viewpoints presented by visiting lecturers and reading assignments. For team-taught classes, instructors work to create an integrated learning environment while providing the students with varying points of view.
Note: Some students who have been out of education for many years have difficulties finding ways to organize their work and time. Try to set aside particular days of the week or particular times of day to study. Each student has to find his or her own routine. Help is available from your instructor or the Kepler administration. Just ask!