Support for In-Service Teachers

The Curry College Education Department provides in-service teachers with a diverse array of resources to support their professional development needs. These resources include workshops to enhance knowledge and skills, opportunities to earn Professional Development Points (PDPs), certificates in specialty areas, and numerous links to relevant research and online resources.

Workshops & Short Courses

Curry College offers many short courses and workshops that review fundamentals and introduce new skills and strategies to teachers. Workshops include math and reading reviews for MTEL preparation, courses on writing IEPs, and even a class on creating a positive classroom community.

Professional Development Points

All Massachusetts teachers are required to earn Professional Development Points (PDPs) to maintain their licenses. Although some districts offer professional development opportunities for their teachers, many teachers find that college coursework best meets their professional development needs and are readily used to satisfy the PDP requirement. Many of our M.Ed. courses are geared to the needs of experienced teachers, and each 3-credit graduate course earns 67.5 PDPs. Contact an advisor for more information at or (617) 333-2243.

Post-Master's Certificate leading to Reading Specialist License

Curry College now offers a 20-credit certificate program leading to a Reading Specialist License that can be completed in just one year. This certificate is designed for teachers who already have a master's degree in an appropriate discipline, have a license to teach, and who have at least a year of experience as the teacher of record under that license. The program is offered in a cohort format providing you with the benefits of peer support and a network of professionals. Classes will meet one night each week and for the first semester only, classes will also meet one Saturday a month. Improve your skills, open new career opportunities, and earn your Reading Specialist license by the end of the year.

Professional Resources

Levin Library

Curry College's Levin Library maintains a diverse collection of materials to support the work of classroom teachers. Many of these resources can be accessed online and are available to all. Other materials can be obtained directly from the library. Currently enrolled students and Curry alumni have borrowing privileges and in-service teachers may obtain materials through inter-library loan.

Below are LibGuides resources which are collections of educational materials on specific topics of interest to educators:

  • ERC Main Page
    This guide highlights helpful resources for education majors and new teachers.
  • Preschool Curriculum
    This guide identifies resources for professionals working with children from ages two to five.
  • School, Family and Community
    This guide is helpful to teachers interested in identifying articles to develop a teacher resource file related to addressing family and school issues with parents.
  • Teaching of Reading
    This guide provides a variety of resources to help pre-service and seasoned teachers with reading instruction.
M.Ed. Candidates Present Capstone Research

Michelle Ng, pictured above, and other M.Ed. students from both the Milton and Plymouth campuses presented their capstone research on December 10, 2014. Read more.

Meet Nilza Grassa '15

Third-grade teacher Nilza Grassa shares her story of why she chose teaching and Curry College: "I had a job, but didn't have a career. I decided to pay a visit to my cousin's fourth grade classroom to explore teaching. That was the exact spark I needed. It was my ah-ha moment." Read more...

Video: Why Pursue an M.Ed. at Curry College?

Jeannine Hatch '06 shares her experience on changing her career; Maureen Ferris '11 talks about what inspired her to become a teacher; and M.Ed. faculty member, Pat Fraine, speaks about the Curry model and accelerated format of the program.

Video: The Rewards of Completing Your M.Ed.

M.Ed. graduates Jeannine Hatch '06 and Maureen Ferris '11, along with faculty member Pat Fraine, share their thoughts on the unique benefits of the teaching profession.

Video: Jeannine Hatch '06 - M.Ed. Program

Jeannine Hatch, M.Ed. '06 shares her experience going back to school to change her career from Accountant to Elementary School teacher.

Meet John Doyle '10

"As soon as I took my first class at Curry, I knew this was the right place for me. I really looked forward to going to class and felt comfortable speaking up and participating." - John Doyle '10, M.Ed.

Meet Derek Thompson '06

"The first time I called Curry I spoke with an enrollment representative and she answered all of my questions. Looking into a master's program can be overwhelming but she truly simplified things."

Meet John McCarthy '09

"The fact that Curry has smaller classes and that the student population in the program tends to be older were the selling points for me."


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