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Teach for ALFA!

Thank you for considering to teach for the Adult Learning in the Fitchburg Area (ALFA) program. ALFA offers opportunities to lifelong learners to meet and share interests in an informal setting. Our inexpensive, non-credit courses run during the academic year along with a lecture series entitled, Food for Thought (fall and spring) and the Shirley Pick Spring Series (held in April or May).

Each non-credit course runs for 1.5 hours each week week for five weeks and is a total of 7.5 hours long. Our instructors are current and retired Fitchburg State faculty members, local K-12 teachers, and are also drawn from experts within our community.

Community ALFA instructors receive a $250 stipend to teach. Full time Fitchburg State faculty receive a 1 credit load reduction.

For additional information, check out the ALFA Handbook (PDF).

  • Session I: September - October
  • Session II: November - December
  • Session III: January - March
  • Session IV:  March - April

Course Schedule Example:

Course Request Forms

If you would like to teach for ALFA in one of the upcoming sessions, please submit a course request form. A link to this form will be provided below once we begin accepting course requests for the upcoming sessions:

Spring 2020 (Sessions III & IV) Course Request Form - Deadline September 1, 2019  (Now accepting submissions)

Fall 2019 (Sessions I & II) Course Request Form - Deadline April 15, 2019  (Closed)

Course requests are received until the deadline (Sometime in April for fall sessions 1 and 2, and September for spring sessions 3 and 4). Once we have received all of the courses, we will send out course schedule confirmations within a couple of weeks.

**First time ALFA instructors**
Please submit the following to the curriculum committee at The committee meets monthly to review scheduling requests.

  • Resume
  • Brief Biography (3-5 sentences)
  • Three Letters of Recommendation 

For questions about teaching for ALFA or the course request forms, please email the Coordinator of Professional Studies, Dani Langdon, at or the ALFA office at