Is the time right to pursue a degree or certificate in education?

Posted by Kimberly McCoy-Blauser on June 30, 2020 at 10:24 AM

2020 has presented challenges for all of us. Perhaps this unusual time has given you an opportunity to think about returning to the classroom. Would you like to pursue an initial teacher’s license, to broaden your knowledge in your teaching field or to expand your scope with a new area of focus?

Fitchburg State has a multitude of programs and concentrations to meet your educational and career needs.

  • More than a dozen Master of Education routes to an initial license for first-time teachers and career-changers
  • Nine non-licensure Master of Education programs for those who want to diversify their expertise - including a newly-launched Special Education, Guided Studies, Applied Behavior Analysis option
  • Three Graduate-Level Certificate tracks targeting in-demand needs within the field of education
  • Four options for Certificates of Advanced Graduate Studies in administrative and specialized areas such as School Principal and Supervisor/Director; additional specializations to be offered soon
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Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Posted by Kelly Norris on May 7, 2020 at 12:49 PM

Have you ever thought about why some individuals and groups are more privileged than others or what you can do to help prevent domestic violence? You are invited to explore these and other related questions in the Introduction to Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies three credit course being offered online through Graduate and Continuing Education (GCE) during the upcoming summer session, 05/26/20 - 06/26/20.

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Begin your degree in Applied Communication with Social Media Theory

Posted by Kimberly McCoy-Blauser on May 1, 2020 at 12:43 PM

Have you ever thought about the impact of media technologies and media practices on our social values, or how our media habits influence technology? Dr. Kyle Moody’s Social Media Theory course encourages students to explore the relationship between technology and society, among other related issues and theories, which will be offered online through Graduate and Continuing Education (GCE) during Summer Term A, 5/18/20 through 7/6/20.

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Are You Ready to Come Back to School? GCE's Here to Help!

Posted by Amber Deschenes on April 2, 2020 at 3:11 PM

It’s hard to imagine that things could have been done any other way than they are now. 

We forget what life was like without the internet, computers, and cell phones.  How did people actually work? Well we did and somehow managed.

Take a look at the changes to Graduate and Continuing Education especially recently during these uncertain times in our country and around the world, to help you plan ahead for your future career goals.
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Check out the graduate student scholarships available

Posted by Kelly Norris on January 30, 2020 at 9:20 AM

The deadline for graduate scholarship opportunities at Fitchburg State University is quickly approaching. Apply now for these scholarships available for current graduate students.

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Top 5 Blog Posts of 2019

Posted by Kimberly McCoy-Blauser on December 30, 2019 at 2:48 PM

As the last days of 2019 unfold, it's time to wrap up another year of the GCE Blog. 
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Topics: Programs, General

Top 5 reasons to register early

Posted by Kelly Norris on November 15, 2019 at 11:30 AM

Have you ever heard the saying “the early bird gets the worm?" Well it’s true for course registration too! Students who register for courses early receive the most benefits.

Whether you’re looking to accelerate your degree, take a course for professional development, or take a class prior to applying to a program, it’s important to get an early start. With a busy schedule including working full time, children and family responsibilities, students often find that careful planning for all aspects of life is crucial.

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8 steps to finding a graduate program and how it’s like buying a house

Posted by Kimberly McCoy-Blauser on October 7, 2019 at 12:09 PM


Have you ever shopped for an apartment or house? It can be an overwhelming process, attending open houses, setting a budget, applying for a mortgage.

Finding a graduate program can be a similar process since there are a lot of great programs out there. Here are 8 steps to get you started:

1. The more programs you look at, the more they look the same.
  • Take notes after each phone call or campus visit to keep your mind fresh. What did you like, what didn’t you like about each school or program?
2. Keep a list of general questions to ask each school.
  • Make a chart or excel spreadsheet with the information about each school, this can help you compare programs that have different requirements.
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Music Teacher’s Methods Toolbox

Posted by Kelly Norris on August 8, 2019 at 10:37 AM

Are you a new or veteran music educator? Are you looking for a place to receive practical professional development that you can use right away in your classroom and as part of your music curriculum?  Are you looking for a place to share your ideas and hear other ideas you can implement in your music program? If you answered “YES” to any of these questions, then this new course offered through Graduate and Continuing Education at Fitchburg State is designed for you!

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5 questions you’re afraid to ask, but should!

Posted by Marylyn Gainan on June 17, 2019 at 12:54 PM

When advising students we often hear “If you don’t mind my asking”. Typically accompanying that statement are questions that students feel are embarrassing to ask and don’t want to bring up. As advisors we’re here to answer any and all questions you have, so of course we don’t mind your asking, we encourage you to ask as many questions as you want. The following are the top 5 questions you’re afraid to ask, but should be asking first!

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Topics: General, Advising