Continuing Education classes are open to all adults. You do not need to be a Westfield State student to register for these classes. In some cases, students under the age of 18 may be admitted. Each individual class description will list any additional prerequisites that may pertain to that particular class.
You can check available seats, register, and pay for classes online through this website. After registering for a course, you can pay using a credit or debit card (Visa, MasterCard, or Discover.) You may also mail in or drop off a check but please note that your registration will not be complete until your payment is received. If you have any questions about the registration process, please contact our office.
We highly recommend registering for a course at least 1-2 weeks in advance of the start date. This allows us to send you all the information and materials that you need prior to class and also provides us with a preliminary roster to provide to instructors so that they may prepare. Please note that while in most cases we do accept registrations up until the first day of class (provided that the class is not already full), if we have not met the minimum number of students required for the class to run a week before the start date, it will likely be cancelled due to low enrollment. Don’t wait to register!
The primary reason classes get canceled is due to low enrollment. If the class enrollment does not meet the minimum number of students required to run a week before the start date, it will likely be cancelled. In rare cases, instructors may have to cancel courses due to personal reasons. In such an event, we will try and find an instructor to serve as a replacement. In all cases of class cancellations, we will notify you via phone and email as soon as possible. Students registered in a class that gets cancelled will receive a 100% refund.
Please contact our office as soon as possible. Our withdrawal and refund policy can be found by clicking the Withdrawal Policies tab.
You will have the ability to print out a receipt after your purchase. You will also receive a confirmation email upon completion of your registration. If you have any issues receiving your receipt, you can contact our office to request a receipt be sent to your mailing address.
All Continuing Education courses are non-credit so you will not receive a grade. In some cases, you will receive a certificate or letter of completion after successfully completing a course. Classes for which CEUs or PDPs are offered will have the amount listed in the course description.
Any additional material fees will be listed in each individual class description. Most fees are included with the initial registration fee, but for some classes there are fees paid directly to the instructor on the first night of class.
For most classes, it is recommended to at least bring a notebook and pen or pencil. If you need to bring additional materials, the information will be included in the class description and you will be notified at the time of registration.
Parking is located in the Commuter Lot adjacent to Wilson Hall. Please refer to the campus map/directions page if you are unfamiliar with the campus. For the majority of Continuing Education classes, temporary parking passes are provided free of charge for the students to display on the dashboard of their vehicle. Classes that require students to be on campus more often may need to purchase a decal at the discounted rate of $30. If this decal is necessary, it will be listed in the class description.
In the event of an emergency or bad weather, Westfield State University may close and cancel all classes. Closure notices will be posted to the main page of the website (www.westfield.ma.edu) so please check the website if you think there may be a chance that the University is closed. In the event of an emergency closure, the Continuing Education staff or instructor will do our best to notify you so please make sure the contact information we have for you is always current.
Students enrolled in a non-credit program should contact the Community Education Coordinator (see contact information below) in advance of the start date in order to receive assistance in solving any problems that they may have with regard to parking, entering buildings, reaching classrooms, seating arrangements within classrooms, or learning disabilities. Reasonable accommodations will be made if at all possible. Students may also visit our Banacos Academic Center website for more information on support services for students.
Students requesting a refund past the deadline outlined in our Withdrawal Policy may submit an online Financial Appeal. Please read the form carefully before submitting. All decisions made are final and students will be notified of the outcome of the appeal via the email address provided.
Click here to learn more about resources available to students. Please note that not all resources may apply to students registered in non-credit courses. If you have any questions, please reach out to the Community Education Coordinator.
If you have any questions, please contact:
Community Education Coordinator
You can also call the front desk at (413) 572-8020 for general inquiries.