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Child Development and Education

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The College of Child Development and Education (College Pedagogische en Onderwijswetenschappen) invites non-students to join regular students in the lecture rooms.


Every semester the College of Child Development and Education offers courses which can serve to broaden or deepen the knowledge or experience you gained elsewhere. You can also explore the different subareas within Pedagogical and Educational Sciences. The range of courses and detailed descriptions can be found in the UvA Course Catalogue. If you want to take a specific course which is not listed as an Open Programme course, you can contact the Education Desk of Child Development and Education to inquire about the possibilities.

Find a course

  • Open the UvA Course Catalogue
  • Click on the 'Course' tab;
  • Set the filter in the left column at 'Other' to 'Open UvA course’.
  • Set the filter at 'Institutes’ to 'College of Child Development and Education'.
  • When you have found a course that you would like to attend, please check the deadlines and conditions listed below.
  • The registration form can be found at the end of this page.

Deadlines registrations

Semester 2  (from 1 February until 25 June 2021)
Registration deadline: Tuesday 15 December 2020

After the deadline, you can only register for the remaining places. The registration closes integrally on the following dates:

Period 1  4 January 2021
Period 2  1 March 2021
Period 3 30 April 2021


The Open programme courses of the College of Child Development and Education are open to anybody interested. As the courses are part of the regular programme, your level of prior knowledge should be comparable to that of other students. The exact entry requirements for each course and whether it is desirable that you contact the course coordinator in advance are listed in the UvA Course catalogue.

Since there are only a limited number of places are available for each course, registrations are handled in order of receipt of registration and payment. Regular students have priority. If there are no more places available, or if the course cannot take place due to other reasons, you will be informed. The full registration fee will be refunded as soon as possible.

Assessment format and credit conversion

At the end of a lecture series, you can sit an exam; but this is not compulsory. In addition, you are entitled to one resit. If you pass the exam, you will receive a certificate. A few courses include mandatory tutorials. Please consult the course catalogue for the exact requirements for each course.


The fee is € 75 per credit, including examinations. Courses at Master's level or practical components may have a different fee. A course usually compromises 3, 6 or 9 ECTS credits. One ECTS credit is equivalent to a study load of 28 hours (attending lectures and tutorials, self-study and preparation for lectures and examinations). Literature is not included in the course fee. Included are: all course meetings and the review of the examinations, including one resit. As a contract student you will receive a UvAnetID. With this UvAnetID you can log in to the digital systems of the UvA such as SIS, UvAmail, UvAvpn and Canvas.

Cancellation policy

Cancellation is only possible in writing, until the start of the corresponding period. You will receive a refund of the full amount if you cancel up to 3 weeks in advance; after that, € 75 administration costs will be charged. If you cancel after the start of the teaching period, you won’t be entitled to a refund.


Because of the measures taken by the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) most of the teaching will be provided online.


If you have any questions, please contact the Education Desk of Child Development and Education.


Follow the link below to register.

As soon as we have processed the registration, we will send you an confirmation and further information by email.

Facts & Figures
Mode Short-term, open uva courses, module
Language of instruction English
Conditions for admission Open
Starts in January, February, April, June, September, October