Program History

The Field-based Graduate Programs in Education began at Trinity College of Vermont as a traditional campus-based program in 1992. Within a short period of time, the faculty and administration felt that Trinity College’s mission of “serving the underserved” was not being fulfilled. With that in mind, the program changed both its curriculum as well as its delivery in 1995, starting the first phase of a restructured Field-Based Graduate Programs in Education, providing support and graduate degree programs off-campus where there was a need. At the same time, it added the Professional Development Outreach Center as another vehicle to support professionals in schools and other locations. Due to the closure of Trinity College in 2001, the program then affiliated with Southern New Hampshire University because of its common philosophy and mission.

The Field-based Graduate Programs in Education currently provide graduate degrees and advanced certificates at different locations throughout Vermont. Alternative professional development occurs in a variety of ways through continuing education course work and activities throughout the states of Vermont and New Hampshire.

Practicing educators who are interested in beginning a graduate site in their local community are encouraged to contact the program. Professional development partners interested in providing continuing education credit for focused activities through our Professional Development Outreach Center are invited to contact us as well. We may be reached via phone at 1-844-828-4484 or e-mail Or complete an Inquiry Form to request an information packet to be mailed to you.