General Information


The Center for Professional Studies (CPS) has offered professional development to working professionals for over a decade, collaborating with school districts, businesses and other professional groups on continuing educational needs.

Fitchburg State University believes that excellence in education practice must be supported beyond the conferring of degrees or professional licensure. As such, the CPS is a key element of the university's total strategy, providing educational opportunities to working professionals during the critical years of induction into their profession and throughout their career.

Academic Credit and PDP's

Some professional development course offerings can be taken for Fitchburg State University graduate credit. These courses meet the standards of the Continuing Education Department, but are not part of the degree programs. Courses that qualify for graduate credit may also be taken for Professional Development Points (PDPs), of which the CPS is an official state provider. Certificates are awarded for each professional development offering; 1 hour = 1 PDP. Certificates are either handed out at the end of the workshop or are mailed to the individual.

Refund Policy

The Center for Professional Studies refund policy falls under the special-scheduled courses under the Graduate and Continuing Education refund policy. All refunds are issued by check, regardless of payment method.


The Center for Professional Studies office is located at 150B Main Street. At the beginning of North Street, in the MART Intermodal Station (across from Dunkin Donuts). Please park in the parking garage in the spots labeled Fitchburg State Parking. The entrance is in the front of the building. Driving directions (PDF)


Feel free to contact us at (978) 665-3636
or by email at
Our office hours are weekdays, Monday - Friday, from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.