Kepler began as a dream to improve the educational opportunities for astrologers. Originally, this took the form of a 4-year college that included astrological studies embedded in a liberal arts program. The College included specialized study courses to present a survey of techniques from different cultures and different time periods.
Kepler would not have existed if it were not for the many people who have contributed to its development. This includes donors and volunteers as well as our Board, administration, faculty, staff and, of course, students. We thank you all.
After 12 years of academic offerings, economic realities meant that we could no longer keep the degree program open. But like the proverbial phoenix, Kepler was reborn into a new format.
Our promise to our students and supporters is that Kepler will keep to its primary goal: to provide high quality educational opportunity for anyone interested in the broad field of astrology and how it has been practiced in different time periods and different cultures up through present day.
Our current governing structure uses a shared system of governance between the Board of Trustees and the Administrative Governance Council.
The Board of Trustees's primary mission is to ensure the College has adequate resources to perform the College's mission and oversees matters of general policy relating to its mission, overall educational programs, general operations and strategic plannning.
The Administrative Governance Council is designed to ensure administrators coordinate on the implementation of administrative policies, work with the instructors to design the overall curriculum, and communicate this information to the Board of Trustees.
Kepler attracts a wide range of individuals from all over the United States to all over the world, both as students and as teachers. Our students come because they want more than just rote learning or sitting at the feet of a single astrological guru. They are seeking a world-class astrological education. Our teachers come because they love astrology and love the chance to present their material.
Kepler has two modes of instruction available for any interested student: webinars and workshops that introduce participants to specific topic areas and intensive Certificate Courses that require significant effort for those who want to take the courses for credit.
In our donation-based webinars and paid short workshops, Kepler seeks astrologers who are working in a unique area, have an excellent approach to a specific topic, or are a newcomer and bring fresh eyes to astrological material to offer a webinar or short workshop. We seek a wide range of presenters who are enthusiastic about their topic and are excited to share their vision.
Our instructors in the Certificate program are known for both their astrological skill and their ability to teach in an online environment. Some of them are well-known names. But Kepler cares about more than a name. We want instructors with practical experience and most of our instructors have been practicing their craft for over 25 years. Equally important, we want instructors who are skilled at teaching.
This means our students get instructors with amazing astrological skills, the wisdom that comes from working in the field for many years, and a dedication to ensuring that students can learn what they are presented. Teaching is its own unique skill and Kepler hires instructors that can organize class materials so that if the student does the work, the end result should be what was promised. We want our students to be able incorporate the information from a course into their own knowledge base. We want them to be able to go into the astrological world and know how to fit what they have learned with the new things they encounter. Our teachers go the extra mile to help their students succeed.
The Certificate Program focuses on providing context for the astrology you are learning and the ability to critically exam the material. That means we hire instructors who are not only willing to show you how they practice, but will also show you alternatives, the history and even the controversies surrounding different techniques.
Kepler was founded in 1992 and opened its doors to academic students from 2000-2012. In 2010, we began our transformation to a Certificate Program. This allows us to continue our mission of offering the best astrological education available online.
While Kepler College currently only offers Certificates, it had been authorized by the Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board from March 9, 2000 through March 9, 2012 to grant Associate of Arts, Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in Eastern and Western Traditions: The History, Philosophy and Transmission of Astrology degrees to its students attending during those dates. Any person desiring information about the requirements of the Act or the applicability of those requirements to the institution may contact the Board at: Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board, 917 Lakeridge Way SW, P.O. Box 43430, Olympia, WA 98504-3430