Centers & Institutes

  • Center for Effective Instruction

    If you are a teacher or school administrator in Massachusetts, the Center for Effective Instruction at Worcester State University is a key resource for your professional development. Our programs will help advance your career goals through license renewal or with a second degree in education. Our offerings supplement those of Worcester State’s Barbara (Hickey) O’Brien ’57 Education Department, which has been preparing highly qualified teachers to lead classrooms across Massachusetts since 1874.

    Within the center, you’ll find credit-bearing graduate courses, workshops that qualify for professional development points, and school-based and district-based programs. If you are working in a non-education profession, we provide an established pathway to becoming a teacher. We also sponsor the Central Massachusetts Principals’ Center.

    Known for giving individualized attention, we partner with school systems, alliances, and other professional development providers to teach courses and workshops in building principalship, preschool education, early childhood education, and subject content and instructional strategies for elementary, middle, and high school. We currently offer approximately 300 credit-bearing professional development opportunities through our partnerships with 12 collaboratives and providers.

    Our special offerings for teachers include:

    • Teaching as a Second Career
    • License as an Administrator
    • RETELL Sheltered English Immersion