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67.5 PDPs
General Pedagogy;Education
Graduate Credits Available

Required for License(s): 

Biology/Chemistry/Earth and Space Science/English/English as a Second Language (ESL) – Initial/General Science/High School Mathematics/History/Humanities/Math & Science/Middle School Mathematics/Middle School Mathematics/Science/Moderate Disabilities – Initial/Physics/Social Sciences (5-12)

This course is designed so that teachers will become knowledgeable about the theory and practice of standards-based curriculum and assessment. It explores the teacher’s role in designing instruction that helps all children achieve to high standards. Participants become familiar with the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks, focusing particularly on student work that reflects proficiency in those standards. Using a backward design model, teachers develop units of study that enable all students to reach clearly defined academic targets. Teachers who complete this course successfully approach teaching with an expectation that they will ultimately be leaders in the field of curriculum.

This course includes a pre-practicum field-based experience. 


This course may be taken either as part of a Licensure Program or as an individual course for PDPs. Graduate Credit through Fitchburg State University is available at additional cost; Master’s Degree and CAGS options are available. 

Cost and Registration

This course is included in your CES Initial Licensure tuition cost if it is required for your program. If you are a Licensure Enrollee and your account is in good standing, please indicate your status when registering for the course.

This course may also be taken individually for professional development and/or license renewal. 

Important Notice for License Program Enrollees: Licensure Program Enrollees must take courses in sequence

Course Structure

This course includes a mix of asynchronous and synchronous online learning experiences. The first synchronous meeting session will be held at 97 Hawley St. in Northampton (pending COVID guidance) with the remaining three via Google Meet. 

Coursework begins on the course start date. You will be required to log in and complete activities prior to the first online synchronous session. Please reserve all meeting dates listed.

Registration Options

There are no available options to register for at this time.


A maximum class size is set for each course and registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. If the number of registrations for a course exceeds the maximum seats available or is too low to be able to conduct a quality learning experience, CES will inform you of available options.

Course Cancellation

If you wish to cancel your registration, please submit a request in writing (via mail, email or fax) no later than 7 business days before the workshop’s start date. After that, there are no refunds or billing adjustments.

In the event that a course is cancelled by the Collaborative for Educational Services, we will notify you as soon as possible. Please be sure to provide your best email address and phone number so we can contact you. Although every effort is made to avoid last minute cancellations, if an emergency arises, we will do our best to reach you at the phone number and email address you provide.

Inclement Weather

Any delays or cancellations are posted online at You may also call 413-200-8395 after 6:30am for information about classes that day.

Event Contact

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Liza Manchester
Candidate Advising and Practicum Manager
(413) 239-2398

Payment Methods

We accept the following payment methods:

  • Credit Card (Visa, Mastercard)
  • Check
  • Purchase Order
  • CES Internal Transfer
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