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:
- Apply the changing nutrition standards to improve the school nutrition environment
- Meet the financial challenges of a self-supporting school nutrition program
- Evaluate and implement the emerging trends in school nutrition programs
- Lead the school district in the First Lady's Let's Move initiative and join the USDA HealthierUS School Challenge
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.
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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.
- Fall 2013: NUTR 616 Nutrition and Child Nutrition Programs
- Spring 2014: NUTR 620 Computer Applications in School Food Services
- Fall 2014: NUTR 618 Management of Child Nutrition Programs
- Spring 2015: NUTR 617 Food Service Systems in Child Nutrition Programs
- Fall 2015: NUTR 619 Educational Theory and Applications for School Nutrition Professionals
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.
- Internet-enabled laptop with 1 GHz or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
- Windows 7 and the latest version of Java
- Headset with microphone to connect to laptop
- Blackboard Collaborate
- For technical information for Blackboard Collaborate, please refer to the FSU eLearning Blackboard Collaborate page
- For additional technical details, please refer to: Blackboard supported browsers and operating system
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.
The program starts September 2014. Space is limited and based upon a first come, first serve basis.
|Karen McGrail, MEd, RD, LDN
|Janet Schwartz, MS, RD|