The Plymouth County Education Association has a new partnership with Worcester State University.  We now offer courses for graduate credit that can be taken online or within local communities. The courses span a wide range of topics to meet the needs of all educators.  These courses help teachers meet recertification requirements as well as expand their knowledge of topics to enhance their teaching experience.


Courses for teachers-Taught by teachers!


How is this different from the past? The courses are now all three credit graduate level courses. The cost of a three credit course is only $675. This is lower than many other locations. Coursework and homework have been changed to be more teacher friendly as well as fit your demanding schedule. You can take a course to meet recertification requirements, use them for a degree program, or just expand your knowledge.

Come and try our courses!



FALL Courses (scroll down)  DEADLINE September 22, 2017

FALL2017 COURSE RULES Courses are offered only to PCEA members (who must also be members of their local association, MTA, and NEA). PCEA instructors are required to conduct classes for a total of 36 hours.  This form should be returned to the PCEA headquarters, with a check payable to PCEA.  No mailing should go to the college.

Members of the community who are not in the education profession are eligible to take Face to Face courses as long as they become associate members. Associate membership fee is $15.00. Members planning to take a course must include their course payment fee with the registration form. No one will be seated at the first class session unless such payment has been received by PCEA.

PCEA will confirm courses through email when registration forms are received in the office. Students may not change from one course to another once the courses have started. Refunds of the full amount will be made prior to the first class. Half refunds will be made up to the second class. No refunds will be made after the second class. Registration fees will not be returned unless the course is cancelled. Any questions or concerns regarding courses will be referred to the chair of the Professional Development Committee. All Courses are 3 credit courses. You do not need to have a PayPal Account to use PayPal to pay for courses.



Mailed items MUST be sent to:

Ellen Brown PCEA, Box 49, 13 Industrial Drive, Mattapoisett, MA, 02739.

(or) The registration form may be faxed to 508-758-6462 or emailed to or

If paying with Pay pal, use the ADD TO CART buttons below. Otherwise, send in the Registration Form with an old-fashioned check. Pay pal will email the office as soon as you have paid. There is no need to send payment confirmation through fax or mail.PCEA is notified as soon as you submit payment to paypal.

Make checks payable to: PCEA, P.O. Box 49, 13 Industrial Drive, Mattapoisett, MA 02739

You do NOT need a PayPal account to use PayPal!

Both the course registration form and payment must be received by the deadline in order for registrations to be complete. 

If paying with PayPal use the buttons below.


First choose your course:  (To choose and pay for additional courses click the link titled CONTINUE SHOPPING on the PayPal site it will return you to this page as often as you need to in order to add additional courses.) In the comment section or Instructions section please write what course(s) you are signing up for.


Worcester State Credit $675.

::: When you are done choosing courses, choose PROCEED TO CHECKOUT on the PayPal site. Credit Cards and Checks accepted.In the comment section or Instructions section please write what course(s) you are signing up for.

If Paying by check make checks payable to: PCEA, P.O. Box 49, 13 Industrial Drive, Mattapoisett, MA 02739

DEADLINE September 22,  2017




Examines strategies to increase the visibility of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in schools through curriculum, student support services, and collaboration with student and community organizations. Participants examine literature and best practices designed to increase awareness among community members and school personnel.

Course Text

Jennings, Kevin, Becoming Visible, Alyson Publications, Los Angeles, ISBN 978-1-55583-254-4

Instructor:  Carl Swanson        Location: online   Dates:  Oct 2- Dec.15  Grade Levels – All   Cost: $675.

RESPONSE TO INTERVENTION (RTI):Concepts and Applications for Educators will provide educators with knowledge to help them understand RTI concepts and learn to apply them to their daily work with students. Participants will learn core components of RTI, including the multi-tier intervention model, student assessment and data-based decision making, stakeholder involvement and evidenced-based instruction and intervention methods.

Required Text-Sailor, W. (2009). Making RTI Work How Smart Schools are Reforming Education through School wide Response to Intervention. San Francisco, CA: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Can be purchased on Amazon –

Instructor:  Allyson Marsh      Location: online        Dates: ISBN 978-1-55583-254-4

Dates:  Oct 2-Dec.15    Grade Levels – All   Cost: $675.

UNDERSTANDING AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS is designed to introduce teachers to the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder and to provide practical strategies for teaching students with autism. Topics of focus will include the DSM-V diagnosis of autism, the possible causes and treatments for autism, the academic strengths and weaknesses of students with autism, and strategies for teaching students with autism in the general education setting. Required Text Fein, D. & Dunn, M.A. (2007). Autism in your Classroom: A General Educator’s Guide to Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Bethesda, MD: Woodbine House, Inc. ISBN 978-1-55583-254-4

Instructor:  Allyson Marsh      Location: online        Dates:  Oct 2-Dec.15    Grade Levels – All   Cost: $675.

ASSESMENT AND IDENTIFICATION OF LEARNING DISABILITIES This course provides an overview of the 13 special education disability categories and basic strategies and interventions for working with individuals with these disabilities. This class is geared towards regular education teachers who desire a better understanding of disabilities and to increase their knowledge of practices to accommodate different learning styles within the classroom.

Instructor:  Allyson Marsh      Location: online        Dates: Oct 2-Dec.15   Grade Levels – All   Cost: $675.


Introduces the educational resources available on the Internet. Using classroom curriculum as a foundation, teachers learn about telecommunications using e-mail, listservs, and newsgroups. The use of audio and graphics, creation of web pages, and how to do research on the World Wide Web are also covered.

Instructor:  Jane Greenberg       Location: online   Dates: Oct 2-Dec.15   Grade Levels – All   Cost: $675.



This course examines the relationship between academic success and healthy social and emotional development for middle school students. Participants learn to teach Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) skills including perspective taking, conflict management, self-focusing, self-motivation and to revise or create lessons.

Required Text and supplementary materials: Daniel Goleman, 1995 Emotional Intelligence Tenth Anniversary Edition and DSM IV are required text for the course. Additional text and research in the area of SEL may be used as well to aid with answering the weekly questions. The required texts can be found at Barnes and Nobles and on or borrowed at your local library.

Instructor: Melissa McNeil-Pleasant     Location: online    Dates: Oct 2-Dec.15    Grade Levels – Middle School   Cost: $675.


This course explores the causes of discipline problems and violence in schools.  This course will provide useful prevention strategies and interventions for teachers in order to address these challenges.  Learn how creating a more respectful school environment reduces the number of violent incidences.  Lastly, this course addresses the importance of staff intervention both in and out of the classroom and discusses various ways of dealing with discipline problems and violence in today’s schools.

Instructor:  Keri Clark          Location: online        Dates: Oct 2- Dec.15  Grade Levels – All   Cost: $675.


This online course, taught by a Google Certified Trainer, is designed to cover the functionality of all G-Suite applications (formerly known as Google Applications for Education), while going deeper into a select few of the applications to maximize learning.  Engaging students and providing authentic, real-world, lessons while differentiating is possible, and fun, using Google Applications. This online course will allow for creation of these lessons, while educators learn tips and tricks to streamline their own use of these tools. Through collaboration within the course, educators will walk away with a collection of ideas and activities using G-Suite.

Instructor:  Erin Fisher         Location: online        Dates: Oct 2- Dec.15  Grade Levels – All   Cost: $675.


This course explores the culture of the American Deaf community, focusing on enculturation: language, values, attitudes and norms; social and political organizations; the visual and performing arts; folklore and humor; and diversity of membership. The late 19th Century to modern day Deaf experience will be studied with specific reference to cultural implications of technology, Deaf education and (hearing) societal perspectives. Readings, lectures, discussions and videos emphasize the Deaf as a cultural and linguistic minority group. Competency met: Multicultural Perspective (5.3), Social Phenomenon (5.4), Humanities (6.0), Technical Literacy- Deaf Studies only (8.0).

Instructor:  Dana L. Schlang        Location: online        Dates: Oct 2- Dec.15  Grade Levels – All   Cost: $675.





In this course teachers will use children’s literature in an interdisciplinary manner to teach Steam topics across the curriculum. This course is intended to engage educators in promoting and encouraging a creative, problem solving curriculum. Many topics will be presented that will enhance literacy, math, science and the arts. This course is designed for all classroom and special subject teachers. This course meets twice face to face. Course Online Component – The following websites and programs will be used for the online portion of this class

Instructor:  Ricki Carfagno         Location:  Face to Face- Cedar Elem. School/online   Dates: Sept 25 & Dec 5 (face to face) Oct 2- Nov. 30 Online











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