Kepler offers a range of options from complimentary community webinars to short workshops to full intensive and in-depth courses. The primary differences between these options are instructor assistance, feedback and evaluation. All our live sessions are recorded. Students and participants receive access to the recordings shortly after the session.
COMMUNITY WEBINARS & COMPLIMENTARY CLASSES
Community Webinars: Our 1-1/2 hour community webinars are an opportunity for speakers and participants to survey a range of astrological topics. These are our gift to the astrological community. While they are complimentary, donations are appreciated to help us continue these opportunities.
Even if you cannot attend, if you are interested in the topic, we encourage you to sign up. The webinars are recorded and everyone who registers will receive the opportunity to review a copy of the recording within one week after the webinar was held.
Prior free webinars are sometimes offered for a $10 donation. Many of the webinars are available for enrolled students in the Marion D. March online library.
Complimentary Classes: There are free classes available to anyone who enters as a “guest” on the Certificate classroom website. These classes are provided for your own enjoyment and development. They do not have any live interaction or instructor assistance.
Workshops range from 2 to 10 hours in a variety of interesting and entertaining areas. Topics vary from the history of astrology to astrological techniques. They are a good way to explore a topic you are not familiar with or gain a deeper understanding of a particular approach. Kepler regularly offers workshops ranging from a single 2-hour session to 2 hours per week for 4 to 12 weeks.
Students can interact and ask questions during the live meeting, but feedback is minimal. There is no required homework and students are not evaluated.
Most workshops consist of regularly scheduled live online sessions, which are recorded for students and available within a few days after the workshop session.
In both webinars and workshops, the burden of learning is on the participant as there is limited time for questions or practice.
CREDIT COURSES (the Certificate and Diploma Program)
The credit courses allow you to measure your learning. You can take them as an audit (you don't need to do the homework) or for credit and receive a badge of completion or a certificate for a series of these courses (in which case, expect 8-10 hours of work per week).
These courses are either 5-6 weeks (1/2 credit) or 10-12 weeks in length (1 credit). They provide an intensive guided exploration of the material and regular instructor feedback. The goal is that every student who does the work will succeed in what we are presenting! For example, students taking the first course in the Fundamentals of Natal Astrology will be able to read a chart at a beginner level without any outside materials or assistance at the end of 10 weeks. This is their final exam.
Students taking credit courses have the chance to develop lasting astrological fellowships as they interact with classmates over several weeks. As noted, students also and receive recognition for their work. The 5 and 10-week credit courses provide an opportunity to delve intensively into a topic area and uses multiple learning opportunities to develop the student’s skill, confidence, and professional credibility. In addition to regular interactive online sessions with the instructors, Kepler’s credit courses have an online class site filled with additional resources like articles, audio-video materials, and more. Students can test their knowledge through quizzes and graded assignments. In addition, students have the chance to engage with each other throughout each week by participating in online discussion boards.
- Anyone can take a certificate course, regardless of whether they intend to complete the homework for that course or continue on to take additional courses for a certificate.
- For-credit courses are either 5-6 weeks (1/2 credit) or 10-12 weeks in length (1 credit).
- These courses provide an intensive exploration of the material and regular instructor feedback. Even in the independent study courses, students will have multiple opportunities to apply what they are learning and receive instructor feedback.
- Students who are not auditing do have homework and should expect to spend between 8-12 hours per week working on course materials
- Each credit course has its own online course site. In addition to an outline of the weekly objectives and lecture notes, students will many additional resources besides whatever book may be required.
- Credit courses have regular online written discussion forums for students to answer instructor questions and interact with each other as they discuss the weekly material.
- Credit courses have regular live interactive online meetings between 60-120 minutes in length for lecture and student participation.The only exception are the independent study courses where the student will need to schedule an instructor meeting if needed to supplement the instructor’s written feedback.
- In all credit courses, non-auditing students receive feedback and their work is evaluated. When a student successfully completes the required material (generally a grade of 70% to 75% or above on the assignments and participation in the discussions) and the required courses, he or she will receive a certificate acknowledging their accomplishment. Most certificates require successful completion three courses.
- Students are also encouraged to organize outside meetings between themselves. Kepler will provide a resource for these online meetings.
Students usually begin the Certificate Program with W101 Introduction to Natal Astrology. If they complete W101, W102, and W103, they would get a certificate in Astrological Fundamentals: Natal Astrology. This gives them the tools they need to analyze a natal chart and provide a clear interpretation. For the extended certificate, they would also take W104 Natal Chart Practicum (this course is focused on giving students additional confidence in their ability to know where to look to answer common client questions).
Students in the Diploma program or who want to work with clients generally continue their natal studies by taking at least W110 Predicting Major Life Circumstances: the flowering of the natal chart promise and W111 Advanced Predictive Techniques: Relocation, Planetary Returns, Synodic Cycles and More. These two courses allow students to better understand the rhythms of a lifetime through an analysis of transits, progressions, directions, and more.
W110 and W111 are the first two of three courses in the certificate for Moving the Chart in Time, which is focused on building a solid base of forecasting tools to develop student skills at prediction. To complete the certificate and for practical application of movement techniques, students can take W112 Applied Rectification and Unification of Forecasting Techniques and/or W113 Applied Forecasting in the Client Session, How to Respond to Common Client Questions.
With these two Certificates, students have the core essentials of astrological practice. They can synthesize the information in an astrological chart and understand what to look for to answer questions and evaluate timing.
At this point, students usually know where they want to focus their astrological learning, and many go on to complete the courses needed to earn the Professional Diploma in Astrology (KPD). The Diploma is designed to broaden their understanding of the history and astronomy behind modern astrology as well as building skills in astrological counseling and an appreciation of other styles of astrology they may want to further pursue.