Designing Original Coursework That Fits Your Organization's Needs

Embedded, experiential, innovative professional development opportunities are what enable educational professionals achieve exciting developments in their professional practice. The Professional Development Outreach Center specializes in partnering with all types of organizations to create original coursework designed to advance innovations in professional practice within the field of education and leadership. Philosophically, we believe that professional development activities need to be flexible and creative in order to meet the unique needs of particular organizations, professional groups, and existing learning cultures. Our Professional Development and Outreach Center provides a vehicle for developing uniquely designed coursework of varying lengths that support the goals of local schools or educational organizations. Professional Development Outreach Courses are fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Original courses are developed together; organizations pay a contract tuition rate per credit, per student. Generally, our partnerships adhere to the following guidelines:

Responsibilities of our Partners

  • Development of the original course/workshop, with support from Center staff as needed.
  • Securing qualified instructor(s) to deliver the course. Each instructor must have at least a Master's degree and demonstrate expertise in adult learning.
  • Submission of the Course Approval Form and Course Outline to our Center staff.
  • Advertising and marketing of the course.
  • Enrollment, registration and all correspondence relating to the course (registration materials are provided by the Professional Development Outreach Center).
  • Acceptance of course tuition payments.
  • Adherence to all University Policies and Procedures.

Services Provided by the Professional Development Outreach Center Staff

  • Assistance in developing and translating professional development opportunities into between one and six credit courses.
  • Review and Approval of Instructor Vitae's and reference materials.
  • Accreditation of courses approved for implementation.
  • Registration materials and grade finalization and transcription
  • Grade report dissemination to students.
  • Support to access transcripts when needed.

We're always looking to assist more partners! For more information on how we might work together, please contact us at 802-489-5080 - or please email us at