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excellence The Certificate in Excellence
in School Nutrition Program

The John C. Stalker Institute of Food and Nutrition at Framingham State University offers an exceptional leadership opportunity for those working in school nutrition programs in Massachusetts and the USDA's New England region. The goal of this highly acclaimed five-course undergraduate program is to increase the knowledge and skills of directors and senior management in school nutrition programs.

Professional standards are identified in Professional Standards for State and Local School Nutrition Programs Personnel as Required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Items addressed in the proposed professional standards are included in the Certificate in Excellence in School Nutrition Program courses.

The Certificate in Excellence in School Nutrition Program advances the knowledge and skills of the school nutrition professional to:

Program Description

The program includes five undergraduate courses offered through Framingham State University (FSU), designed specifically for directors of school nutrition programs and managers who wish to advance in their school nutrition careers. Curriculum is based upon competencies identified by national research conducted by the National Food Service Management Institute and is designed to assure that directors and managers have the knowledge and skills necessary to support nutrition and education goals. Projects emphasize the USDA HealthierUS School Challenge and the School Nutrition Association Keys to Excellence.

Courses in the program will utilize a blended learning environment. This includes one to three face-to-face Saturday classes per semester from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at FSU combined with online conferencing classes scheduled on most Wednesdays from 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The fourth class for the Certificate in Excellence in School Nutrition Program is currently underway.

Read more about the program in the JSI blog.

Admission Requirements

A high school diploma or GED and current employment in a school nutrition program in Massachusetts and USDA's New England region.


Course titles link to the course descriptions. Schedule of course offerings is subject to change.

Each course provides four undergraduate credits. Courses may be used towards the Liberal Studies Program at FSU and possibly degree programs at other universities. The program is appropriate for those with or without a bachelor's degree.

Technical Requirements

Funding provided by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will cover the laptop and headset requirements for those students enrolled in the program who are working in Massachusetts school nutrition programs.

A scholarship is available to help pay for your tuition.

Tuition and Fees

Please refer to the FSU Tuition and Fees web page for an up-to-date schedule of fees; some courses may require textbooks at an additional cost.


Click here to pre-register on-line

The program starts September 2014. Space is limited and based upon a first come, first serve basis.

Contact Information

Program Directors:

Karen McGrail, MEd, RD, LDN
Janet Schwartz, MS, RD