Centers & Institutes

Centers for Early Childhood Education

The Centers for Early Childhood Education at Framingham State University offer high quality early childhood education and care for children ages two years and nine months through five years old. The centers are inclusive, welcoming children from different backgrounds and abilities in a learning community valuing the uniqueness of each child. The child-centered programs emphasize free play, socialization, creative expression, and exploration in a literacy-rich environment to facilitate the development of each child as a unique and competent person.

Center for Excellence in Learning, Teaching, Scholarship and Service

The Center for Excellence in Learning, Teaching, Scholarship, and Service supports faculty members and librarians during all phases of their careers. Established in 2008, CELTSS is run by faculty for the benefit of their colleagues and the campus community. The Center awards monetary grants, and facilitates workshops, lectures, reading groups, and special events. Newly hired faculty members participate in mentoring programs. A day is set aside in January for faculty to lead sessions on pedagogical issues. The “Day in May” showcases their scholarly and creative projects and features a keynote address from an internationally recognized speaker. The Center also houses a library of books on pedagogy, along with a selection of books and articles written by faculty members.

Center for Global Education

The Framingham State University Center for Global Education provides support to K-12 educators in the Commonwealth who wish to enhance global and multicultural perspectives in their classrooms. The Center provides the following services: professional development workshops and courses; a resource library; a speakers' bureau; and curriculum consultations. The Center works in collaboration with the Department of Education and local school districts to provide content institutes in Massachusetts Curriculum Framework topics related to global and multicultural education.

Center for Inclusive Excellence

The Center for Inclusive Excellence at Framingham State University is a Brave Space dedicated to creating and supporting an environment that reflects a collective commitment to promoting equity, advocating social justice and making excellence inclusive. As a guiding principle, Inclusive Excellence is meant to include and engage the rich diversity of students, staff, faculty, administrators, alumni and community constituents in authentic learning which often requires embracing the brave qualities of challenge, risk and difficulty. Thus, we recognize this work to be a journey of discovery and transformation for every aspect and level of the University.

Center for Social Research

The Center for Social Research at Framingham State University provides educational programs, internship opportunities, and consulting and social research services to members of both the University and the wider communities. The Center develops and presents informational programs on a variety of social issues. Student interns participate in ongoing CSR research activities. Center associates serve as consultants in areas including: community policing policies; issues of individual and social aging; needs assessments for communities and organizations; academic policies and learning in K- higher education; intergenerational and mentoring programs; and community-based learning and service programs.

Christa Corrigan McAuliffe Center for Integrated Science Learning

The Christa Corrigan McAuliffe Center for Integrated Science Learning was established by Framingham State University, Christa's alma mater, to honor her commitment to teaching. In creating the McAuliffe Center, the University was determined to address the increasingly critical issues of the attraction, retention and education of the best and brightest as future science teachers by honoring the vision, values, and ideas of Teacher-Astronaut Christa Corrigan McAuliffe. Today a wide range of programs draw learners of all ages to the Center, whose facilities include the FSU high definition digital planetarium, a versatile exhibit space, and an updated Challenger Learning Center. The mission of the McAuliffe Center is to be a leader in K-16 integrated STEM learning through the sharing of resources, building of partnerships, and advancement of educational practices. We do so by offering in-school and out-of-school mission simulations and planetarium presentations, public science exhibits and science festivals, and teacher workshops fueled by powerful education, science, and industry partnerships. The McAuliffe Center and the Whittemore Library are also co-directors of the NASA Education Resource Center for Massachusetts, an initiative devoted to help teachers learn about and use NASA's educational resources. 

Entrepreneur Innovation Center

Located in the Maynard Building on Vernon Street, the goal of the center is to provide an environment that supports and fosters a group of entrepreneurs’ innovative ideas by providing resources to aid a start-up business, such as internet access, conference room scheduling, and FSU faculty expertise. If you have an idea that you are actively working on and are an FSU student\alumni or resident of the central MetroWest region, the center is looking for you! Applications for membership to the center and the paid student internship opportunity are available on the center’s website.

MetroWest College Planning Center

The MetroWest College Planning Center (CPC) is a regional joint college access initiative founded in December of 2014 by Framingham State University and Mass Bay Community College through the Department of Higher Education's Vision Project.   The mission of the CPC is to provide the necessary outreach, training, mentoring  and advising to connect with youth and non traditional adult learners in the region and guide them on their desired educational pathway to higher education.  The Centers helps the community explore opportunities to develop specific skills training through certificates, associate's degree, Mass. Transfer, or completion of a four year degree. The Center welcomes and serves all members of the community and supports specific outreach focus for underrepresented, low-income, first generation, minority students and their families. 

Location: The 1812 House at 13 Salem End Road, Framingham, MA 01701

Drop in Open Advising Hours: Tuesdays-Fridays 3-7:30pm Saturdays 10:00-2:00pm
Book Appointment:  MetrowestCPC@gmail.com

John C. Stalker Institute for Food and Nutrition

The John C. Stalker Institute of Food and Nutrition (JSI) provides programs on nutrition and health promotion using the comprehensive school health model. JSI offers programs, workshops, and courses for school and child nutrition professionals, teachers, health educators, and other members of the school community. Programs are offered in four general areas: nutrition education, culinary training, financial and personnel management, and computer technology. Online courses are offered to school nutrition directors, teachers, school nurses and other school professionals. The Institute is funded by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Nutrition, Health and Safety.

MetroWest Economic Research Center (MERC)

The MetroWest Economic Research Center (MERC) at Framingham State University, established in 1991, collects and analyzes data related to economic conditions in the MetroWest, South Shore and Tri-Center Cohesive Commercial Statistical Areas (CCSA). MERC provides information and commentary on economic issues of vital interest to these regions. Faculty and interns from the Department of Economics and Business Administration produce MERC presentations and publications including award-winning economic profiles and labor force studies. MERC analysis has proven critical for regional and town planning as well as retention and recruitment of businesses.

MetroWest STEM Education Network

As one of the seven regional PreK-16 Networks established in Massachusetts with the initial phase of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Education Network awards, the MetroWest Center is a collaboration of Framingham State University, Mass Bay Community College, and many school districts, businesses, and organizations in the region. Massachusetts STEM Education Network goals are to:

  • Increase the number of students participating in programs that support careers in STEM
  • Increase the number of qualified STEM teachers
  • Improve STEM education offerings in public and private schools. 

Specific MetroWest goals are to: create an organization within the area that fosters STEM education; become a source of and clearinghouse for teachers who seek information and ideas in these disciplines; form a network of educational, professional, business, and other interested organizations within the MetroWest area that add value to the community by strengthening STEM education and providing career opportunities; and identify successful projects and scale them for all to use.