Professional Institutes and Pathways

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Mount Holyoke College offers internationally recognized programs and graduate-level courses that prepare people for professional careers.

These institutes and professional pathways are flexible in every way. As the student, you select the essential capabilities you want to pursue in order to grow, adapt and succeed as a professional — and apply them immediately.

These pathways are appropriate for you no matter what your professional level:

  • recent graduate
  • mid-career professional changing direction
  • have significant experience and are looking to broaden your skills

Coursework is offered in every environment:

  • a face-to-face classroom
  • online
  • a combination of classroom and online

Classes can be taken individually or in pursuit of certificates of competency (12 credits).  

Beginning with the initial class registration, you are supported by our staff, faculty and global network of practitioners to help you succeed in your professional, personal and academic goals. 

Leadership and Communications Institutes

Nonprofit Leadership, Social Entrepreneurship

Train for leadership roles in mission-based organizations through courses in project management, leadership for women, communications, and more.

Digital Innovation and Media

Study video production, writing, visual literacy, intellectual property and more and work across media in careers in storytelling and communications.

Global and Intercultural Leadership

Collaborate with diverse teams and community partners by developing leadership skills in effective organizations, inclusion, cultural competency, and more.

Institutes for Educators

Math Programs for Educators

Math coaches, administrators and teacher leaders engage with other practitioners dedicated to improving the learning and teaching of mathematics.

Differentiated Instruction for Educators

Educators develop skills to empower diverse learners through courses in classroom management, special education, the inclusive classroom, and more.

Additional Teacher Licensure for Educators

Gain additional licenses in a new level/subject area, English as a second language/English-language learners (ESL/ELL), moderate disabilities, and more.

Research, Data, and Equity Institute

Create research applicable to schools and classrooms, use data to improve student outcomes, and explore issues of equity and social justice.

Facilitating Professional Learning Institute

Learn to lead dynamic and engaging professional learning communities (PLCs), mentoring, coaching, data teams or grade level teams in schools or districts.

Foundations of Teacher Leadership Institute

Explore the current landscape of teacher leadership, reform, and education policy and develop a reflective practice for professional improvement.

Other Professional Development Opportunities

TESOL Certificate for Educators

Recognized internationally, this certification prepares teachers with the tools to teach English as a second or foreign language.