School of Professional and Continuing Studies Springfield College Tampa Bay

Springfield College Tampa Bay

Transforming careers and communities

The School of Professional and Continuing Studies bachelor’s and master’s degree programs are perfect for adults who wish to transform their careers and their communities. Whether you’ve been out of school for five, 10, even 20 or more years, you’ll find that we make the transition as easy for you as possible. Beginning with weekend programs that can often be completed in 16 months, School of Professional and Continuing Studies programs are designed for adults who care about people above all else.


Program Highlights:

  • Attend classes only on weekends, typically two weekends per month
  • Finish your degree in as little as 16 months
  • Receive undergraduate credit for college-level life, school, and work experiences
  • Earn a degree from a well-respected, fully accredited private college
  • Enjoy an affordable tuition, with financial aid opportunities
  • Learn in a small class that values and reflects a diverse world
  • Take advantage of the adult-centered Academic Success Center
  • Get valuable, hands-on experience right from the start

Miguel Trujillo '05

"My advice is: you're never too old. The most successful people in history have made their greatest accomplishments after age 40."

Miguel Trujillo '05

Springfield College Tampa Bay Program Concentrations

Bachelor of Science in Human Services:

Master of Science in Human Services:

Master of Business Administration:

The Campus Guide

The Campus Guide includes essential information for students attending this campus, such as academic support services, ID cards, class cancellation information, and a resource for restaurants and hotels in the area.


I would like to take this opportunity to extend my personal welcome to you as a student at Springfield College Tampa Bay.

At the Tampa Bay campus you are treated with respect for your life, work, family, and community and life experiences. The sharing of these experiences with your fellow students and faculty increases total awareness and critical thinking, which is the key to our program’s success. Open, ongoing, and authentic dialogue is the foundation of our educational approach.

The willingness to assist you in succeeding with your educational endeavors is sincerely shared by all the faculty and staff at Springfield College Tampa Bay. We look forward to providing the very best learning environment for you throughout your Springfield College experience.

Again, welcome.

Phyllis Brown, EdD
Assistant Dean/Campus Director

Student Support

Academic Support Services

Springfield College Tampa Bay has an Academic Success Center that offers readily and easily accessible services. The Center is a resource for students and instructors alike and focuses on writing support services, resource support services, research skills, and developing sustainable study skills. Reference tools connect directly to information, materials, and resources for writing, APA, organization, analysis, critical thinking, reflection/reaction essays, public speaking, and study tips.

All services are coordinated with the assistance of a resource specialist and focus on the development of sustainable skills to help students become independent learners.

The support services are available on a drop-in basis during regular campus hours, class hours of operation, or by appointment. A student may self-elect to seek assistance or follow through on a recommendation.

We strongly encourage students to take advantage of the Academic Success Center services by contacting either Ms. Wendie Ent at (813) 626-3831 ext. 234,, or Ms. Benisha Copeland-Jackson at (813) 626-3831 ext. 234, to set up an appointment or learn more about these services and free reference tools.

Services for Students with Disabilities

Students with documented physical, learning, or psychological disabilities may be eligible for reasonable academic accommodations to help them succeed in their academic program. It is the student’s responsibility to make a request for such accommodations and to provide appropriate documentation administered by a qualified professional such as psychologists, medical doctors, or agencies specializing in the diagnosis of such disabilities. Students must submit current documentation. If you have questions about services for students with disabilities, please contact Ram Upadhyay, Assistant Director Academic Services at (813) 626-3831,

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Technology Support Services

For assistance in all areas related to technology (gmail, Moodle, PrideNet), please contact Ms. Cheryl Williams at (813) 626-3831, or TSC (413) 748-4872 or

Class Cancellations, Delays, Closing

Notification of campus class cancellation, openings, delays or closings will be available through PrideNet, College e-mail, or school’s main telephone line at (813) 626-3831 or (800) 724-2778.

Academic FAQs

What is the role of my academic advisor?

What is the role of my academic advisor? Think of your academic advisor as your partner in education. Your advisor is responsible for ensuring that you understand the School of Professional and Continuing Studies program and sequencing of courses and for monitoring your academic progress so that all graduation requirements are met. However, it is ultimately your responsibility to ask questions and to keep track of your own progress.

What is a syllabus and what information is usually included in it?

A syllabus is your guide to understanding what is expected in a course. The instructor will give you a syllabus no later than the first class. This document will include contact information for the professor, class and Moodle assignments, grading criteria, and academic policies.

What is a pre-course assignment?

Pre-course assignments are reading, writing, and project activities that are preparation for the first class of the course that you will be taking. You will find the vital information you need prior to your first class in the syllabus. It contains the instructor’s contact information, course objectives, required texts, and the pre-course assignment. The syllabus must be downloaded from the School of Professional and Continuing Studies website. You may be required to submit your pre-course assignment in the learning management system called “Moodle.”

Do I have to complete any academic work between classes?

Yes. Education is continuous and class meetings are just one aspect of the learning process. You are expected to complete all assignments as indicated on the course syllabus and the web-enhanced between-class assignments that incorporate the learning management system called “Moodle.” This applies for all School of Professional and Continuing Studies courses. These assignments are critical to your academic success. They also enable you to qualify for federal financial aid as a college student taking courses in our accelerated course format. Therefore, you must allocate some of your time between classes for learning activities that might include reading, writing, analyzing, reflecting, interacting with others, research, and interacting online with fellow students and the instructor. Assignments must be completed before each class session so you will be prepared for the classroom learning experience.

What happens if I miss a class?

You are expected to attend all class sessions and workshops for the courses in which you are enrolled. If you must miss all or part of a class session, you must notify the instructor in advance and make arrangements to make up course assignments. If you miss more than one class session, you may withdraw from the course or you may receive an “F” grade for the course depending on when the absences take place.

What happens to financial aid when I add/drop a course?

Your eligibility for a grant may be lost or reduced when a course is dropped. In some cases, your eligibility may increase if a course is added. Your eligibility for a loan may also change. Check with the staff person handling financial aid at the campus before making final arrangements to add or drop a course so that you will know the impact, if any, in your specific situation.

How is my financial aid impacted when I take less than a full-time load (12 credits undergraduate, 9 credits graduate)?

Aid is based on full-time enrollment unless your enrollment status is specifically stated as part-time. Many grants are available only to full-time undergraduate students. Pell grants are required to be adjusted for less than full-time status. Cost of attendance changes due to enrollment less than full-time status may also reduce loan eligibility.

If I have a disability, how can I get assistance and support?

Support services and accommodations are available to any student with a documented disability. If you require reasonable accommodations to assist you with your studies, you must provide current and appropriate documentation. For information regarding the type of services available to you, please contact Ram Upadhyay, Assistant Director Academic Services (813) 626-3831,

How do I receive credit for experiential learning in the undergraduate program?

The portfolio course (Human Services Portfolio Development, HUSB 307) teaches a process that identifies each student’s college-level learning and utilizes methodologies that enhance the student’s ability to think conceptually and analytically. Students identify, categorize, and organize their knowledge and present this knowledge through a course equivalent process. Once the knowledge has been identified, students must decide if and how this knowledge relates to learning that is typically credited at the college level. The Human Services Portfolio Development course provides a framework to assist students in reflecting upon and articulating their college-level experiential learning. These policies and procedures are based upon guidelines established by the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL).

When is my portfolio due?

The portfolio must be submitted at least six months prior to your anticipated graduation date to allow for the timely review and possible revision of submitted materials.

Why do I need a student ID card?

As a matriculating student, you are required to have a Springfield College photo identification card. The card should be carried at all times and must be used for identification purposes in accessing campus buildings and grounds, borrowing material from the Babson Library, and attending college-sponsored events. In addition, commercial organizations within your community may offer discounts if you present your student identification card when purchasing their products or services.

Where do I find out the latest info about School of Professional and Continuing Studies courses, programs, and activities?

You can find the latest information regarding School of Professional and Continuing Studies courses, programs, and activities through e-mail announcements sent to your Springfield College e-mail address, other campus correspondence to students, campus bulletin boards, academic course schedules, and the School of Professional and Continuing Studies website. When viewing the School of Professional and Continuing Studies website, be sure to access the link leading to your campus location.

How can I access computers for email, research, and/or word-processing?

The campus Computer Lab located in Room #221,gives you access to the Babson Library to conduct research for your course assignments and the opportunity to use the word processor. The computers in the lab are equipped with computer software applications for student use that include spreadsheets, Internet research, and library search services. You are able to access e-mail through your Springfield College Pride NET account. Your Springfield College email account is the mandatory mode of communication between you and the College. Routinely, the College will make you aware of general announcements pertaining to the entire Springfield community. You will use your e-mail account to communicate with School of Professional and Continuing Studies faculty and administration, Business Office, Financial Aid Office, Library, and any other College office in which you will do business.

Are online courses available at School of Professional and Continuing Studies?

Online courses are offered through both the undergraduate and graduate degree programs to matriculated School of Professional and Continuing Studies students. See your advisor for details or check the School of Professional and Continuing Studies home page for the schedule.

Campus Information

Bookstore and MBS Direct

You may shop online for apparel and other accessories.

MBS Direct is a virtual bookstore, with online services available to students 24/7. The virtual bookstore offers students of Springfield College Tampa Bay the opportunity to purchase books, use their book vouchers, and to have their purchase shipped to home, office, or the campus. Please contact Kelly DeFreitas (813) 626-3831, ext. 223, or email for more information regarding MBS Direct.

Identification Cards

Students enrolled in Springfield College Tampa Bay will be issued a student identification card with an assigned student identification number. This card is used for identification purposes in accessing college buildings and grounds, borrowing material from the Babson Library and attending college sponsored events. The first Springfield College Identification Card is issued to a student at no charge. Replacements for lost or stolen cards will cost $35. Photos for identification cards are taken during the New Student Orientation. If you have questions about obtaining an ID card, please contact Nancy Bermudez Gonzalez, (813) 626-3831 ext. 301,

Emergency Information

Safety on Campus

Springfield College and the School of Professional and Continuing Studies is serious about safety at all of our campuses. Please visit here to register for SC Alert and Rave Guardian applications.

Sexual Misconduct Chart


There are approximately 450 parking slots available for Springfield College Tampa Bay students for class weekends in the parking garage or lot. 


  • Country Inn & Suites Tampa/Brandon, 915 S. Falkenburg Rd., (813) 315-1777
  • Homewood Suites by Hilton Tampa/Brandon, 10240 Palm River Rd., (813) 685-7099
  • Main Stay Inn & Suites, 10007 Princess Palm Ave., (813) 622-8557
  • Motel 6 Fairgrounds Tampa/Brandon, 9942 Adamo Dr., (813) 623-5121
  • Residence Inn by Marriot - Sabal Park, 9719 Princess Palm Ave., (813) 627-8855
  • Sheraton Tampa East, 10221 Princess Palm Ave., (813) 623-6363
  • Springhill Suites Tampa/Brandon, 1051 S. Falkenburg Rd., (813) 623-9990​


  • Bob Evans/Tampa, 10119 Horace Ave., (813) 684-1638
  • McDonald's/Tampa, 10067 Adamo Dri., (813) 252-3716
  • Moe's Southwest Grill/Brandon, 23380 W. Brandon Blvd. Grand Regency, (813) 681-0955
  • Olive Garden/Brandon, 2602 W. Brandon Blvd., (813) 685-5900
  • Red Lobster/Brandon, 2604 W. Brandon Blvd., (813) 654-0010
  • Subway/Tampa, 9720 Princess Palm Ave., (813) 628-0877
  • Wendy's/Tampa, 6620 E. Dr.,Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., (813) 622-7222

Fall Term 2016

Undergraduate Schedule

  • September 10-11
  • September 17-18
  • September 23 - Senior Seminars and 1-credit classes
  • September 24-25
  • September 30 - 1-credit classes
  • October 1-2
  • October 8-9
  • October 15-16
  • October 29-30
  • November 5-6
  • November 12-13
  • November 19-20
  • December 3-4
  • December 9 - Senior Seminar
  • December 10-11

Graduate: Master's of Human Services, Mental Health Counseling

  • September 16-18
  • October 7-9
  • November 4-6
  • December 2-4

Graduate: Master's of Business Administration, Nonprofit Management

  • September 23-25
  • October 14-16
  • November 11-13
  • December 9-11

Spring 2017 Term


  • January 14-15
  • January 20 - 1-credit classes
  • January 21-22
  • January 27 - Senior Seminar, 1-credit classes
  • January 28-29
  • February 4-5
  • February 11-12
  • February 18-19
  • March 4-5
  • March 11-12
  • March 18-19
  • March 25-26
  • April 1-2
  • April 7 - Senior Seminar 
  • April 8-9

Graduate: Master's of Business Administration, Nonprofit Management

  • January 27-29
  • February 17-19
  • March 17-19
  • April 7-9

Summer 2017 Term


  • May 6-7
  • May 12 - 1-credit classes
  • May 13-14
  • May 19 - Senior Seminar and 1-credit classes
  • May 20-21
  • June 3-4
  • June 10-11
  • June 17-18
  • July 8-9
  • July 15-16
  • July 22-23
  • August 5-6
  • August 12-13
  • August 18 - Senior Seminar
  • August 19-20

Graduate: Master's in Business Administration, Nonprofit Management

  • May 19-21
  • June 16-18
  • July 21-23
  • August 18-20



Springfield College Tampa Bay
10117 Princess Palm Avenue
Tampa, FL 33610-8302
Phone (813) 626-3831
Toll Free (800) 724-2778
Fax (813) 626-1289

Name/Title Ext. E-mail Address
Phyllis Brown, PhD
Assistant Dean/Campus Director
Nancy Bermudez Gonzalez
Administrative Assistant
Benisha Copeland-Jackson
Resource Specialist
Richard Davila, PhD
Kelly DeFreitas
Assistant Director for Administration
Wendy Ent
Resource Specialist
Walter Geter
Financial Aid Coordinator
Carmine Pecoraro, PsyD
Henry Singleton
Jeanette Taft, PhD
Gerald E. Thomas, DBA
Ram Upadhyay, PhD
Assistant Director for Academic Services
Cheryl Williams
Administrative Assistant
Suzette Sullivan
Admissions Assistant


Gerald E. Thomas, Interim Campus Director

Gerald E. Thomas


Courses Regularly Taught
Senior Seminar, Leadership: A Lifelong Journey, Career Development and Counseling, Research and Program Evaluation, Career Development and Social Change

Springfield College Contact Information
(813) 626-3831

Highest Degree
DBA, University of Sarasota

Other Degrees and Certifications
Certified, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Master Professional

Areas of Expertise
Career development and career counseling, leadership

Service Experience, Community Involvement, and Other Areas of Interest
Board of trustees, Sylvia Thomas Center for Adoptive Children Families

Richard Davila, Professor

Richard D. Dávila


Courses Regularly Taught
Addiction Studies Concentration Courses, Graduate Project I, II, III and IV

Springfield College Contact Information
(813) 626-3831

Highest Degree
PhD, University of Connecticut

Other Degrees and Certifications
MSW, University of Connecticut; BA, Beacon College; National Certified Gambling Counselor, (NCGC-II)

Areas of Expertise
Addictions and recovery, adult education, multiculturalism

Service Experience, Community Involvement, and Other Areas of Interest:
National grant reviewer, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; Board member, Global United Soccer; Board member, Florida School of Addiction Studies; Trainer for recovery coaching; Co-creator of the recovery family mentor curriculum

Carmine Pecoraro, Professor

Carmine Pecoraro


Courses Regularly Taught
Clinical Mental Health Counseling Practicum Internship I, Clinical Mental Health Counseling Internship IV, Psychological Testing and Evaluation for Mental Health Counselors

Springfield College Contact Information
(813) 626-3831

Highest Degree
PsyD, Carlos Albizu University

Other Degrees and Certifications
MS, Carlos Albizu University; MS, Nova Southeastern University; BS, University of South Florida; Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Neuropsychologist; Certified Addiction Professional (CAP); Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (ICADC); Nationally Certified Gambling Counselor II (NCGC-II); Substance Abuse Professional (SAP)

Areas of Expertise
Counseling, neuropsychology, psychological testing, neuropsychological testing, psychoeducational testing, addictions counseling (drug, alcohol, food, sex, gambling), autism spectrum disorders, neurocognitive disorders, GLBT issues, executive coaching

Service Experience, Community Involvement and Other Areas of Interest
Served on numerous board of directors nationally and internationally; appeared on television and radio; published numerous articles; lectures nationally and internationally; serves on the board of directors for Wheelchairs4Kids

Jeanette Taft, Professor

Jeanette Taft


Courses Regularly Taught
Fiscal Management, Strategic Planning, Leadership: A Lifelong Journey

Springfield College Contact Information
(813) 626-3831

Highest Degree
PhD, Touro University

Other Degrees and Certifications
MBA, Pepperdine University; MS, Hunter College; BSN, Hunter College; Board Certified Human Services Professional

Areas of Expertise
Strategic initiatives, restructuring organizations, leadership development, designing organizational change

Service Experience, Community Involvement, and Other Areas of Interest
Past president, Suncoast Rotary; Past president, Health Care Executives (chapter of the American Chapter of Healthcare Executives); Board member, Head Start Foundation; Lifetime Achievement Award, United Nations; Past board member, Hillsborough County Healthcare Board; Alumna, Leadership Tampa

Open Houses

Do you want to learn more about Springfield College School of Professional and Continuing Studies. Would you like to meet faculty or talk to students? Would you like help with you application or financial aid forms? Come see us during an Open House, or schedule a time that is more convenient for you.

Scheduled Open Houses

Saturday, October 1, 2016 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Saturday, November 5, 2016   10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

All open houses are held at Springfield College Tampa Bay campus located in Sabal Park in The Atrium Building, 10117 Princess Palm Avenue, Tampa, Fla.

For more information or to RSVP please contact:

Suzette Sullivan, Admissions Assistant
(800) 724-2778 or (813) 626-3831


Kelly DeFreitas, Assistant Director of Administration
Phone: (813) 626-3831 Ext. 223
Fax: (813) 626-1289
Toll Free: (800) 724-2778

Springfield College Tampa Bay
The Atrium
10117 Princess Palm Ave., 2nd Floor
Tampa, FL 33610

Hours of Operation

Business Day Hours of Operation
Tuesday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
class days only
Sunday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
class days only
Springfield College School of Professional and Continuing Studies
263 Alden Street, Springfield, MA 01109
(413) 748-3000