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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We will provide in person services on a walk-in basis,  Monday - Friday from 8am - 5pm. The office will also offer appointments remotely, Monday through Friday  8am - 5pm for the Fall 2020 semester. To make an appointment with a member of our team please contact us at 978.665.3636 or email

2020 Courses

Ongoing | Online

Courses for Equity & 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 & Social Change
100% Online | March 1-30, 2021

Introduction to Cultural Competency for Educators

Classrooms today are full of diversity - in population, resources and academic abilities. This course will assist pre-service teachers, current teachers and other professionals in their application of the depth and scope of various issues of multiculturalism affecting English language learners, public schools, and literacy in the United States today. The course will facilitate personal growth and understanding in the impact of equity and bias towards multicultural issues.
Read more about: Introduction to Cultural Competency for Educators
July 12-16, 2021 | July 19-23, 2021

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)

MTEL Prep Workshops

Try one of our various MTEL Preparation Workshops, conveniently offered in the evenings and on weekends to accommodate life’s busy schedule.
Read more about: MTEL Prep Workshops
Ongoing | Online

Career Certificate Programs

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: Career Certificate Programs
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
100% Online | Self-Paced

Introduction to Emergency Management

For learners who are studying emergency management for the first time, preparing for a new career or job role in emergency management.
Read more about: Introduction to Emergency Management
100% Online | Self-Paced

HR in Times of Crisis

Learn how businesses respond before, during, and after crises and the critical role that human resource (HR) professionals play in this process.
Read more about: HR in Times of Crisis

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Hours: Monday - Friday, from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.