What is a Kepler College diploma?
We’ve designed our diploma program to provide a broad overview of the history of Astrology, its controversies, the links between Astrology, Astronomy, and their related fields, as well as the various and diverse practices of Astrology through the ages.
Why should I consider a Kepler College diploma?
If you are a student of Astrology seeking to anchor your knowledge in a comprehensive series of courses to grow your practical skills and gain a broader understanding of the history of Astrological philosophies and how they lead to different types of practice, the diploma program at Kepler College is for you. We are one of the longest-established colleges of Astrology in the US and have helped thousands of students chart their own paths.
How long will it take to complete the diploma program?
You should plan on approximately 3-4 years to complete the rigorous series of courses at Kepler College. A 3-4 year student commitment assumes one class per term.
ISAR and NCGR (National Council for Geocosmic Research) allow students who have completed the diploma program at Kepler College to sit for professional-level exams without requiring those students to complete previous exams. Kepler College recognizes successful diploma program students with their Professional Diploma in Astrology (KPDA).
The Professional Diploma in Astrology (KPDA)
The Professional Diploma in Astrology (KPDA) offered by Kepler College requires students to complete one hundred and thirty (130) weeks of instruction.
Sixty (60) weeks of this instruction focus on the Fundamentals of Natal Astrology and Predictive Techniques. All courses included in KPDA are based on a 10-week timeline unless otherwise noted.
Fundamentals of Natal Astrology
- Fundamentals I, Introduction to Astrological Symbolism and Practice: W101
- Fundamentals II, Alternate Tools for Interpretation: W102
- Fundamentals III, Building Delineation Skills: W103
- Fundamentals IV, Practicum in Natal Chart Delineation: W104
Movement in Natal Astrology
- Fundamentals V, Predicting Life Circumstances: W110
- Fundamentals VI, Advanced Predictive Techniques: W111A
- Rectification Basics: W112A OR Movement Practicum: W113A (both require 5 hours)
- Chart Mechanics: M100
- Crash Course in Vedic Astrology: V100A OR Introduction to Indian Astrology: V101A (both require 5 hours)
- Counseling Issues in Astrology: WR201
- This course introduces the basic issues involved in interpreting a chart for someone else, as well as exploring ethical considerations.
- Astrological Heritage (E300) ten week course OR a combination of any two Astrological Heritage five weeks courses.
- Astrology has a rich heritage that is often neglected in traditional history books. The Astrological Heritage course gives students a deeper understanding of astrology’s roots, from 3,000 years ago to today.
- Astronomy for Astrologers: E400
- “Nature has given us astrology as an adjunct and ally to astronomy,” -Johannes Kepler, 1571-1630. Astrology exists because of Astronomy. This course gives Astrologers a solid understanding of the solar system and the links between Astronomy and Astrology.
Students enrolled in the Professional Diploma program at Kepler College are required to complete an additional twenty-five (25) weeks (*or equivalent, please see below) in applied Astrology elective study.
This final demonstration of learning can be satisfied by completing one of the following:
- An article or research project for submission to a publication.
- A community webinar presentation in collaboration with one of our Certificate Instructors. The presentation must be critiqued.
*A 25-week “equivalent” may include:
- A minimum of 10 hours involved in live student interaction.
- Additional online discussion forums, quizzes, assignments, and (or) emails.
- A series of workshops on interconnected topics with material focused on alternate perspectives. A demonstration of student competency with this material is required upon completion of the workshop(s).
Please note: Students can transfer credits from classes taken outside of Kepler College but must make arrangements prior. Please contact email@example.com for more information. Thank you!
The Advanced Professional Diploma in Astrology (KAPDA)
The Advanced Professional Diploma in Astrology (KAPDA) through Kepler College gives students the opportunity to further develop their knowledge of Astrology by completing an equivalent of six 10-week courses plus a demonstration of professional growth. Kepler College’s KAPDA will progress your skill level in three ways:
- Expand your knowledge of the development of Astrology
- Advance your Astrological skills to a more professional level
- Provide an opportunity to demonstrate your elevated knowledge
Required prerequisite: To enroll in the KADPA at Kepler College, you must first successfully complete your Professional Diploma in Astrology OR show a demonstration of equivalent knowledge AND gain the permission of the Kepler College Administration Department.
KAPDA requirements: Sixty (60) weeks of additional coursework, which can consist of a mix of ten or five-week courses.
- A minimum of ten (10) weeks in History, Literature or the Arts, and Astrology
- A minimum of ten (10) weeks in Philosophy as applied to Astrology: Systems Theory, Vedic Philosophy, Western Philosophy, or Esoteric Philosophy.
- A minimum of ten (10) weeks in practical application
- A minimum of five (5) weeks in business and/or marketing for professional practice
- Five (5) weeks of advanced practicum/mentorship for professional practice
Please note: Independent study in a specific area of Astrology may be substituted for up to 20 weeks credited to the KAPDA program. Coursework may consist of up to 20 additional weeks of electives.
A Final Demonstration of Learning is required to complete the KAPDA Diploma at Kepler College. This demonstration must be pre-approved and critiqued by a committee of designated Kepler College faculty members. Examples may include:
- Publication of a written article that is expository (rather than a “creative” essay or one sharing your personal opinion). Similarly, an expository video presentation published on YouTube, Vimeo, or another video platform may also be accepted.
- A recording of a speaking engagement at an event such as a conference
- Serving as Presenter for a Kepler College webinar
- Serving as a Facilitator for a Kepler College study group
- There may be other tangible, acceptable demonstrations of learning, so please discuss with a Faculty member at Kepler College or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
External Courses applied to a Kepler College Diploma Program
Students may petition Kepler College to apply coursework they have completed with another school to Kepler for elective credit. This may include courses in History or Astrology, which are required for the Diploma series. External coursework must meet the following requirements:
- A minimum of twenty (20) hours of auditory or live instruction
- Readings must be assigned and completed
- Written homework must be assigned and completed
- The coursework must cover the historical and philosophical underpinnings of the content presented
- Written evidence of successful course completion along with documentation of regular instructor feedback plus a final evaluation showing that the student’s knowledge of tested material must be made available to Kepler College
Kepler College Organizational Alliances
National Council for Geocosmic Research
- NCGR allows KPDA students to take the NCGR Level IV professional exam without having to take their earlier exams.
International Society for Astrological Research
- Graduates are prepared to write for the exam.
American Federation of Astrologers
Kepler College and the AFA announced a new alliance at the ISAR conference in August 2022. We are pleased to extend this benefit to our diploma students.
- AFA will grant Advanced Membership status to graduates of a Kepler College certificate program that is equivalent to the advanced exam requirements of the AFA.
- An AFA membership is required within one year of completing the Kepler College certificate program in order to receive the advanced membership.
- Previous certificate holders are granted the same opportunity until September 30, 2023.
- AFA will grant Professional Membership status to any graduate of the Kepler College diploma program that is equivalent to the AFA professional exam requirements.
- An AFA membership is required within one year of completing the Kepler College diploma program.
- The AFA Professional Partnership candidate must sit for a proctored exam that consists of chart calculation within one year after completing the diploma program.
- Previous Kepler College diploma holders who meet the AFA professional exam requirements and sit for an AFA proctored exam that consists of a chart calculation are granted the same opportunity until September 30, 2023.