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Continuing & Professional Education

Continuing & Professional Education (CPE) meets the educational needs of more than 20,000 people per year with a variety of programs including evening credit courses during the fall and spring semesters, university summer and winter session courses, access to specialized on- and off-campus and online undergraduate and graduate degree programs, professional development programs and workshops, certificate programs, independent study courses and internships, highly specialized courses, noncredit workshops (in the areas of personal enrichment and career development), and online and blended courses. Many categorical waivers, including senior citizen waivers, are not applicable to CPE courses. For more information, students should contact the CPE business office.

In collaboration with the university’s schools and colleges, the following part-time graduate degree programs are offered through CPE: M.M./Music Education; M.B.A. professional programs offered in Pittsfield, Holyoke, Shrewsbury, and online; M.S. in Accounting; Doctor of Nursing Practice; M.S. Nursing, Clinical Nurse Leader; Master of Public Health program in Worcester; Master of Public Health—Public Health Practice (online); M.S. in Labor Studies; and M.S. in Plant, Soil, and Insect Sciences.

CPE offers these master of education programs: 180 Days in Springfield, Integrated Day Off Campus, Collaborative Teacher Education Program, Master of Education for Science Teachers, Science Education Online, Bridges to the Future CTEP, Bridges to the Future STEP, Post B.A. Teacher Licensure Program, ACELLA program, and Springfield Project Lead. Many of these programs also offer a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (C.A.G.S.). Most of these programs hold classes off campus in convenient locations in Springfield, South Hadley, Athol, and Montague.

Additional programs include a Postbacca-laureate Pre-clinical Program in Communication Disorders (offered for those who have a bachelor’s degree in a field other than Communication Disorders but who would like to pursue a graduate degree in either Speech Pathology or Audiology), professional development courses for teachers/educators, and for professionals in soil science and related fields.

Online Graduate Degree Programs

Several completely online graduate degree programs are offered through CPE. Courses are taught by university faculty, meet the same academic requirements as traditional on-campus courses, and are located at the university’s virtual campus:

The Master of Business Administration degree program is fully accredited by the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). This accelerated M.B.A. is designed for professionals who wish to continue their education in the management field.

A Master of Education degree and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in science education for elementary and middle school teachers are offered online. This program enhances knowledge of both science pedagogy and science content and has been approved by the Massachusetts Department of Education for professional licensure in certain areas.

The Master of Public Health—Public Health Practice degree provides graduate education for practicing professionals with relevant experience in public health.

The fully online Master of Public Health in Nutrition—the only one of its kind in the nation—has no residency requirements. It allows students to earn their credentials at their own pace, from anywhere in the world, without interrupting their careers.

The Master of Science degree in Nursing, Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) concentration prepares students for advanced practice in a variety of healthcare settings and lays a foundation for doctoral education.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree prepares advanced-practice nurses at the highest level and offers two specialty areas: Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner and Public Health Nurse Leader. The preparation includes advanced coursework in leadership, research translation, and clinical knowledge and skills.

For further information on programs, contact CPE, tel. (413) 545-0530 or visit www.umass