Cambridge College was founded by John Brenner in 1971, then known as the Institute of Open Education. It is a private, not-for-profit educational institution specializing in adult education. Cambridge, MA is a very exciting city to study in, as it has numerous Universities including Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, commonly known as MIT. It has approximately 105,594 permanent residents in the city, and is very culturally and academically rich. It is one of the major intellectual centers in the world. Cambridge is situated near Boston, and is also bordered by Somerville, Arlington, Belmont and Watertown. Students have access to internationally acclaimed scholar speakers, and numerous museums such as the Harvard Art Museum, the Semitic Museum, MIT museum, and the List Visual Arts Center. It is a very bike friendly town, has great public transportation, and is famous for its architecture.
Cambridge College is organized into three schools: The School of Education, The School of Management, and the School of Counseling and Psychology. The school offers distance learning degrees in education, counseling, psychology, management, health care management, and human services. A certificate in MASCD Teacher Leadership is also available. Undergraduates can take courses online, but must already be registered as a student to see which classes are available to them, depending on the semester and their degree track.
The degree programs granted by Cambridge College are fully accredited by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education. Their programs are also accredited in other states, including California, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia, and even Puerto Rico. The distance learning courses and degree programs are blended, offered by computer and in the classroom education. Most in-class coursework is completed by the end of the first semester of enrollment, and students can study independently after that. Satellite locations for distance learning include August, GA, Chesapeake, VA, Lawrence, MA, Memphis, TN, Ontario, CA, San Juan, PR and Springfield, MA.
The school has limited undergraduate programs, since the College was mostly developed and tailored to the educational needs of the working adult. Undergraduate students can pursue degree tracks in Management Studies, Multidisciplinary Studies, Human Services, Psychology, Applied Sciences, Justice Studies, Juvenile Justice Studies, and Medical Interpretation. Cambridge excels at providing leading educational services to future teachers, and the staff in their School of Education are all highly recognized researchers and professors in their particular areas of study. It is a research based program where students are constantly assessing teaching methods and practices based on the most current study publications.
Tuition and fees are set on an annual basis by the Board of Trustees, and according the the College, they are subject to change. The most current tuition rate information is broken down per credit hour determined by each department. BA and BS students pay $365, MEd students pay $435 per credit, and EdD students pay $1,150. Cambridge College participates in Teacher Loan Forgiveness financial aid programs, and Direct Loans.