Adult and Professional Programs

Wheelock College has been providing expertise, perspective, and experience in professional fields as well as liberal arts since 1888. Wheelock's Adult and Professional Programs allow our faculty to share that expertise with practitioners and non-matriculated students through programs and activities exploring a broad range of topics in the fields of education, social work, child life, and the arts and sciences.

In addition to offering programs created by our faculty, Wheelock brings renowned domestic and international practitioners and academics to the College to share their experiences with members of the broader community. Our goal is to bring together the best and brightest to discuss and shape the future of professional disciplines and the liberal arts.

Whether you're a practitioner, parent, student, or just a person eager to learn something new, check out the opportunities currently available.

Current Programs for Adults


  • Graduate-level and Undergraduate-level Courses: If you are interested in taking a class or Professional Development Institute (PDI) to stay on top of your profession, to get to know Wheelock, to earn college credits, or just to learn something new, we welcome you to sign up as a non-matriculated student and Take a Course at Wheelock.
  • MTEL Prep Courses: Wheelock College offers prep courses to the general public to prepare for the following MTEL (Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure) tests: Early Childhood, Communication and Literacy Skills: Reading Subtest, Communication and Literacy Skills: Writing Subtest, General Curriculum: Multisubject Subtest, and General Curriculum: Mathematics Subtest. Visit our MTEL Prep web page to learn more and to see which courses are currently available.


Wheelock offers a variety of intensive, short-term learning opportunities, that will broaden your knowledge and skills.

  • Curiosity and Learning Conference: Wheelock College's third annual conference of hands-on experiences, inspired by the education philosophy of David and Frances Hawkins.
    Target Audience: Educators from schools at all age levels, museums, and family child care providers
    Tentative Date: Saturday, September 30, 2017


  • Open Studios at the Documentation Studio: Explore documentation's role in education from a variety of learning contexts and share your experiences with other educators in these free monthly workshops.
    Target audience: PreK-12 educators and higher ed faculty
    Start Date: Open Studios are held monthly, with a different focus each session


  • Graduate Certificates allow you to develop a specialty within the field of Education, Social Work, Parenting Education, or Nonprofit Leadership.
    Target Audience: These post-baccalaureate programs are designed to give professionals the specific skills they need to boost their impact and advance their career with as little as one year of study.
    Start date: Varies by program. See the current offerings on our Graduate Programs page.


Past Programs

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