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Dean Ken Lindblom

Welcome to the School of Professional Development at Stony Brook University!

The School of Professional Development (SPD) is home to graduate and career development programs that help professionals across fields continue to learn and to increase their earning power. Whether you are a human resource professional looking to gain new skills; a higher education administrator hoping to earn a master’s degree; a coach aspiring to New York State certification; a K-12 teacher interested in professional certification or expanding into educational technology, educational administration, or deepening knowledge in your discipline; or a human services employee exploring career-enhancing credentials, SPD is there for you with a host of high-quality, cutting edge professionally-relevant programs. A long-time leader in online education, SPD provides excellent graduate programs in face-to-face and convenient, online settings.

As you explore our website, you’ll find many programs that can assist you in moving ahead in your career. For programs that lead to advanced graduate certificates or master’s degrees, see our Graduate Programs page. If you’d like to learn what’s available to develop your career without academic credits, check out our Career Development page. Find out what SPD has made available to you as we have become the first unit in all of SUNY to offer a comprehensive Digital Badge program across fields and disciplines. For more information or to make suggestions for programs you’d like to see us offer, please go to our Contact Us page.

A teacher for over 25 years, I first joined the Stony Brook faculty in 2003. It has been my pleasure to work ever since with the superior staff in the School of Professional Development. I know we can help you make the most of your career and yourself.

Ken Lindblom, PhD


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