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Center for Teacher Education and Research


The Center for Teacher Education and Research, known as the CENTER, was established in 2004. The CENTER works to develop collaborations and partnerships between Westfield State University and public school districts, community colleges and universities, collaboratives, and professional organizations in order to provide high quality professional development for teachers and administrators.

The CENTER is a registered Institution of Higher Education Professional Development provider with the Massachusetts Department of Education. Therefore, the CENTER’s professional development offerings meet the guidelines established by the state department of education and are aligned with the Massachusetts Standards for Professional Development. The professional development offerings include: summer institutes, conferences, workshops, and courses. The workshops and courses may be face to face, hybrid, and/or online. Each professional development offering provides PDPs and some offerings also offer graduate credit for successful completion of requirements.

The CENTER also facilitates grant proposals between Westfield State University and public schools districts, community colleges and universities, collaboratives, and professional organizations.

The CENTER welcomes suggestions for PD programs and/or grant opportunities.

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Registration for all self-paced online courses may be done online.  Please use the following link:



Mentor Training-15 PDPs



SEI Extension courses-15 PDPs:


EEC 108:  ‘Understanding Academic Language to Improve Content Area Instruction for ELLs’

EEC 113:  ‘Using Technology to Support ELLs in SEI + ESL/ELD Classrooms’

'Understanding Diversity and Cultural Competency to Support ELL Students in the Schools'


Special Education (SE) course:  15 PDPs


SE:  ‘Instructional Strategies for the Exceptional Learners’



If the course in which you would like to register is not on the online registration portal, please email Dr. Marsha Olsen at molsen@westfield.ma.edu who will follow up with the website administrator.  Thank you.