Courses and Workshops
Our courses, workshops and institutes provide an array of professional development opportunities including ways to earn PDPs (DESE-approved), graduate credit, and undergraduate credit.
We also collaborate with the School of Graduate, Online and Continuing Education, local organizations, and businesses to offer a variety of programs for professionals looking to grow through a certificate or degree program.
Are you feeling overwhelmed and not sure where to focus your study time for the MTELs? Try one of our MTEL Preparation Workshops. They are conveniently offered in the evenings and on weekends to accommodate life’s busy schedule.
Landmark Outreach helps educators broaden their thinking about how to teach students with language-based learning disabilities, which fall under the broader category of specific learning disabilities (SLD).
Programs for learners looking to advance in their current positions, explore career alternatives, earn a professional certification, or enhance their knowledge in their area of interest
ALFA (Adult Learning in the Fitchburg Area) is a lifelong learning institute that serves adult learners in Fitchburg and the surrounding communities.
The Community Music Program offers year-round programs (individual and group lessons, cello choir, chamber music fest) to the public.
Interested in taking one of these courses? Looking to offer one of these or develop a new professional development course or workshop for your school, school district, business or organization? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, 978.665.3636, or join our CPS mailing list to be notified of our upcoming offerings.
Introduction to the LGBTQIA+ Student Experience Last offered: Online | Feb. 2024
Using Technology to Support Students with Disabilities: Special Education in the Classroom Last offered: Online | Jan. - Feb. 2024
Using Technology to Support Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) in the Classroom Last offered: Online | Jan. 2024
Differentiated Instruction for Students with Disabilities in the Vocational Classroom Last offered: 100% Online | Jan. 21 - April 21, 2024
Getting Started: Canva for Education Last offered: Online | Dec. 2023
Using Artificial Intelligence: ChatGPT and Emerging Technologies to Enhance Learning Last offered: Fall 2023 | Online
The Workforce Training Fund Program helps address business productivity and competitiveness by providing resources to Massachusetts businesses to fund training for current and newly hired employees. In order for the Massachusetts economy to prosper, businesses need access to a pipeline of skilled workers so they can stay competitive and continue to grow.
Deadlines for Course Submissions
Instructors interested in teaching a course through the Center for Professional
Studies should submit completed request forms and appropriate accompanying paperwork by the following deadlines.
- Repeat courses previously approved by Fitchburg State University - Four weeks prior to the first class
- New courses requesting credit for the first time - Six weeks prior to the first class
|One week prior to the first class meeting
|Less than one week prior to the first class meeting
|After the start of the class
Refunds are not issued after the start of the class for special-scheduled courses. To determine the refund amount due, the official date of the withdrawal is the date on which the Center for Professional Studies is contacted. In the event that a class is canceled by the University, a full refund of tuition and fees is granted.
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.
Assistant Director of Professional Studies
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Administrative Assistant for the Center for Professional Studies
Administrative Assistant for Extended Campus