Westfield State plans to resume its traditional, on-campus schedule for fall 2020. Given the ongoing uncertainties related to COVID-19, we believe it is also prudent to develop contingency plans. Updates will be communicated as they become available.

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Center for Teacher Education and Research

Welcome to the 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 facilitates grant proposals between Westfield State University and public schools districts, community colleges and universities, collaboratives, and professional organizations.

The CENTER also offers schools districts and associations partnership programs.
Our partners for 2019 -20 are:  
CES Collaborative for Educational Services, Chicopee Public Schools, CLOI Commonwealth Learning Online Institute, Deerfield Teachers' Academy, East Longmeadow Public Schools, Generation Citzenship, Hampden-Wilbraham Regional School District, Longmeadow Public Schools, Lower Pioneer Valley Educational Collaborative, Ludlow Public Schools, Massachusetts Association of 766 Approved Private Schools, Massachusetts Foreign Language Association, Ribas Associates,  Massachusetts Bio Technology  Council, Math Recovery,  Massachusetts Teachers Association, Southwick,Tolland,Granville Regional School District, Westfield Public Schools, and West Springfield Public Schools.

If interested in becoming a Grant Partner or participating in our Partnership Program for 2020-2021, please contact Dr. Marsha Olsen, Director, Center of Teacher Education and Research, molsen@westfield.ma.edu or 413.572.8459.

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

Join Our Email List and/or Give Us Your PD Suggestions!


Registration for all self-paced online courses may be done online. 

Please use the quick links below to register online for the listed courses:


Mentor Training-15 PDPs




SEI Extension courses-15 PDPs (required for professional educator license renewal):

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 (required for professional educator license renewal):

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 contact
Dr. Marsha Olsen at molsen@westfield.ma.edu or c
all at 413-572-8459.
Thank you.