Center for Professional Studies

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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.

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Highlighted Courses

Online | Jan. and March 2023

Wilson Reading System® Introductory Course

This 16.5 hour introductory course provides participants with an overview of the Wilson Reading System® (WRS) and serves as the prerequisite for the WRS Level I Certification Training. 
Read more about: Wilson Reading System® Introductory Course
Online | Begins Sept. 27, 2023

Wilson Reading System® Level 1 Certification

This online course presents, in detail, the multisensory structured language (MSL) instruction that is required for teaching students in grade two and beyond with significant world-level deficits.
Read more about: Wilson Reading System® Level 1 Certification
Hybrid | Feb. 7, 2023 - May 30, 2023

Sheltered English Immersion for Career and Vocational Teacher Endorsement

This course prepares teachers with the knowledge and skills to effectively shelter their content instruction for English learners.
Read more about: Sheltered English Immersion for Career and Vocational Teacher Endorsement
Synchronous/Online w/asynchronous assignments | Spring 2023

Teacher Licensure Recertification Courses

Check out the series of courses for educators coming up this spring.
Read more about: Teacher Licensure Recertification Courses
100% Online | Summer 2023

Production Technology Certificate

The Production Technology Certificate program provides foundational knowledge and skills needed to work and advance in the manufacturing industry.
Read more about: Production Technology Certificate
Online | Hybrid

MTEL Prep Workshops

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.
Read more about: MTEL Prep Workshops
Ongoing | Online

Courses for Equity and Social Change

From social justice webinars to cultural competency for educators and more, these courses are dedicated to providing a deeper understanding of modern social issues. 
Read more about: Courses for Equity and Social Change

Certificate in Computer Skills for the Office

Technology has revolutionized business communications, and workers across all industries are now expected to demonstrate a basic level of computer literacy. Focusing on Microsoft Office software, these courses will guide learners through the tools and techniques needed to create products that both inform and impress.
Read more about: Certificate in Computer Skills for the Office
Ongoing | Online

Professional Development and Certificates

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
Read more about: Professional Development and Certificates

Blueprint Reading

This course explores technical drawing conventions. Traditional and modern methods in engineering and technology graphic visualization, drawing, drafting, CAD software, and 3D modeling. Emphasis is placed on how visualization is used in both design and production.
Read more about: Blueprint Reading
100% Online | Self-Paced

Certificate in Online Learning

This course introduces the major models, tools, and techniques for creating and delivering online learning.
Read more about: Certificate in Online Learning

HR Hot Topics Bundle

To keep pace with changing business environments, new technologies, and employee needs, human resources professionals must understand of the topics and issues shaping today's workplace. This series of courses addresses a range of key issues, "hot topics," and trends, including in-demand benefits, flexible work arrangements, and inclusive workspaces.
Read more about: HR Hot Topics Bundle

Cybersecurity Courses and Certificates

As more businesses migrate their data and services online, the need for cybersecurity training is greater than ever. These cybersecurity courses and certificates offer a range of introductory to advanced training for IT professionals. These courses cover topics like Cloud data security and cryptography, malware, and risk management, and everything else you'll need to know as a cybersecurity leader in your organization or company.
Read more about: Cybersecurity Courses and Certificates
100% Online | dates to be determined

Exploring the Complexity of Culture and Bias in the Workplace

1 hour remote course orientation plus 3 hours of self-paced online modules for a total of 4 instructional hours. This course provides employers and employees with engaging opportunities to explore, examine and assess how they identify themselves to the world, how biases and misconceptions interfere with understanding others around them, and what systems limit diversity, inclusion, and equity.
Read more about: Exploring the Complexity of Culture and Bias in the Workplace
100% Online | Dates to be determined

Supporting LGBTQIA and Gender Diverse Students in the K-12 Environment

An introduction into the challenges that Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual (LGBTQIA+) students face in schools on a daily basis. By understanding terminology, historical context, and the preconceived notions we ourselves carry about the LGBTQIA+ community, we can begin to creating intentional, inclusive, and supportive learning environments.
Read more about: Supporting LGBTQIA and Gender Diverse Students in the K-12 Environment
Summer 2023 | dates to be determined

Police Mountain Bike Training (PMBT)

This class requires that each officer be fit and in excellent health. Please ensure your officers have ample riding time on bikes prior to class for endurance, flexibility, and importantly, to prevent injuries.
Read more about: Police Mountain Bike Training (PMBT)
Summer 2023 | Week 1: TBD | Week 2: TBD

Advanced Placement Summer Institutes (APSI)

The AP Summer Teacher Training Institutes are designed to support all aspects of AP courses, including AP methodology, curriculum, class assignments and examinations as well as providing strategies for teaching AP courses.
Read more about: Advanced Placement Summer Institutes (APSI)

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Refund Policy

Withdrawal Date       Refund
One week prior to the first class meeting   100%
Less than one week prior to the first class meeting 50%
After the start of the class     0%

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.  

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