Non-traditional age Latina college student sitting with her daughter at a laptop.

"The UWW staff know there's more in life that non-traditional students are going through, & they understand that. It's a great thing." -UWW alum

children's learning & development

changing the world, one child at a time. 

You have dedicated your life to the health and wellbeing of children. You, your colleagues and the families you work with are the village that helps hold our communities together.

At UMass UWW we recognize and respect your dedication and are committed to helping you finish your bachelor's degree online with a focus in children's learning and development.

Designed for adults interested in or working for agencies and programs serving children, youth and families, this degree will help you develop the knowledge and enhance the skills you need to advance your career in the fields of education, child advocacy, youth and family programming, and administration.

Best of all, our flexible degree program gives you the opportunity to bring in or earn up to 105 credits for your prior coursework, prior learning, and work & life experience, accelerating your degree and saving you money.

outstanding instructors. courses you need.

You will study with distinguished instructors at the UMass College of Education, the UMass Psychology Department, the Isenberg School of Management, and other related departments. Course topics include multi-cultural education, teaching methods, behavior management, the family, child psychology, inclusion, management/non-profit administration. 

This is not a licensure program. However, if you are interested in teaching, we may be able to help you prepare for preliminary licensure in the state of Massachusetts. And if you are a Montessori teacher, we can help you earn credit for your Montessori trainingsContact us to learn more. 

a great education. credit for experience. support you deserve.

The University Without Walls (UWW) is an academic major at the University of Massachusetts Amherst designed to help adults just like you complete your first bachelor's degree online at a world-class public university.

At UMass UWW, you can design your own program of study in Children's Learning and Development, bring in or earn up to 105 credits for your prior coursework, prior learning, and work & life experience, and finish your bachelor's degree online without ever having to come to campus. Or take advantage of blended or on-campus courses.

time tested, custom-built for adults like you.

For over 45 years, UMass UWW has been serving adult students like you. We understand the daily challenges you face balancing work, family and community responsibilities, and are committed to providing flexible options and outstanding one-on-one support from your first class through graduation.

Contact us to learn why so many adults pursuing careers in children's learning and development choose UMass UWW.