Professional Development Outreach Center

In addition to the graduate degree and advanced certificate offerings of the Field-based Graduate Program in Education, the Professional Development Outreach Center (PDOC) is also an important component of the mission of our program. It offers schools, supervisory unions, non-profit and for-profit organizations, and independent consultants the ability to provide accredited professional development opportunities, as the specific and unique needs arise. Our purpose is multiple: to allow school districts and other institutions the ability to provide flexible learning opportunities for their faculty and staff; to act as a catalyst for developing creative options for in-service experiences; and to serve as a crediting agency for professional development experiences designed specifically to enhance or achieve an institution's long term goals.


Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) has had a long-standing commitment to providing innovative, flexible programs for adult students, particularly those whose educational needs are underserved. In addition to providing Field-Based (Off-Campus and On-Location) graduate degree Programs in Education, the Professional Development Outreach Center is another option for offering a flexible structure for professionals in the field to participate in lifelong learning experiences that match their needs. SNHU can provide some of those experiences but is aware that colleagues, administration, independent consultants and other service providers may better serve that same purpose at times.


Although the origin of the Professional Development Outreach Center was in the area of education, it has grown beyond that field. Professionals in other fields, including Community Mental Health, and Business as well as the Arts and Sciences, have used the Professional Development Outreach Center as a vehicle for their students and staffs to gain additional knowledge and experiences in their chosen field. The number of credits given for any activity is dependent on the length of the class or activity offered. Specific policies and procedures are outlined at the time an organization chooses to use the Center as the crediting agency for an activity. Southern New Hampshire University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Past and Present Partners

Through our Professional Development Outreach Center, we are pleased to have had the opportunity to work collaboratively with over 50 educational partners over the past fifteen years, including the following:

  • RETN, South Burlington, VT
  • Franklin Northeast Supervisory Union, Richford, VT
  • Caledonia North Supervisory Union, Lyndonville, VT
  • St. Johnsbury Academy, St. Johnsbury, VT
  • The Rowland Foundation
  • Center for School Success, West Lebanon, NH
  • Washington West Supervisory Union, Waitsfield, VT
  • Hartford School District, White River Junction, VT
  • School Admin Unit 70, Hanover, NH
  • The Knowles Teacher Initiative
  • Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV, Grove City, PA
  • Franklin West Supervisory Union, Fairfax, VT
  • Chittenden Central Supervisory Union, Essex Junction, VT
  • Mosaic Learning Center, South Burlington, VT
  • Windsor Northwest Supervisory Union, Bethel, VT
  • Orange-Windsor Supervisory Union, South Royalton, VT
  • Orange East Supervisory Union, Bradford, VT
  • Education First, Inc., Cambridge, MA
  • South East Vermont Learning Cooperative, Brattleboro, VT
  • Windham Central Supervisory Union, Townshend, VT
  • Milton Town School District, Milton, VT
  • Vermont NEA, Montpelier, VT
  • Mount Mansfield Union High School, Jericho, VT
  • U32, Montpelier, VT

Partners Offering Courses for Open Enrollment

For more information please contact Carin McCarthy, Professional Development Operations Specialist at