Degrees for the most important workers in the world.
UMass UWW respects your work, and is committed to helping you finish your bachelor's degree online with a focus in early care and education.
Whether you are a seasoned early childhood educator or new to the field, we will help you develop the knowledge and enhance the skills you need to open your own childcare center or advance your career within public or private childcare programs such as Head Start, YMCA, 4-H, scouting, and a variety of pre-schools and after-school programs.
Required to get a degree? Scholarships are available for early care and education.
Many Head Start teachers are required to have a bachelor’s degree in Early Care and Education or a related field. We can help. Many early childhood educators in the state of Massachusetts are now required to have a bachelor’s degree as well. We can help with this too. And if you live and work as an early childhood educator in Massachusetts, scholarship money is available that could pay the cost of your degree through UMass UWW.
A great education. Credit for experience. Support you deserve.
For 45 years the UMass Amherst University Without Walls (UWW) has been helping 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 early care and education, bring in or earn up to 100 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.
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.
Learn more about this program:
To receive more information and connect with the program manager, please click on the inquire now button to the right.
Visit the UMass UWW website to learn more about our BA, Early Care and Education Concentrations.
As part of a public state university, UMass Amherst University Without Walls (UWW) is committed to providing you with a great education and helping you save time and money. By offering a generous transfer credit policy and many creative and cost effective ways to earn credit, we are committed to helping you finish your bachelor's degree online as quickly as possible without unnecessary expense to you and your family.
The UWW core courses are $390 per credit. Per credit costs vary by department with costs ranging from $390 per credit to $525 per credit. As a UMass UWW student you will develop your program of study- called a concentration- by taking courses offered by various departments throughout the university.
Credits awarded for life and work experience are a fraction of the cost of course credits.
|Type of Fee||Amount|
Fee per credit
|$390 for UWW core courses|
$150 per fall and spring semesters
|Registration Fee||$47 per semester (winter, spring, summer, fall)|
|Course Total||varies per course|
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The University of Massachusetts is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).
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The UMass University Without Walls (UWW) seeks to admit adults who are determined to finish their bachelor's degree online and ready to work hard to complete a rigorous program of study.
To be considered for admission, you must meet the following minimum requirements:
• A minimum of 12 college credits
• A minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA
• You have not already earned a bachelor's degree from a U.S. college or university.
• You do not reside in Alabama and Arkansas.
Former UMass Amherst students
You are exempt from the 2.0 GPA requirement. We can help you finish what you started. Welcome back.
- April 15 to start in September.
- October 1 to start in January. Application deadline extended to November 1.
We’re glad you found us and look forward to receiving your application.
Are you eligible for grant funding?
If you are a Massachusetts resident you may be eligible for funding through the Massachusetts Board of Education Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA).
Financial Aid Services at UMass Amherst is committed to helping you meet the cost of your college education. Most UMass UWW students receive financial aid. You may be eligible for grants, scholarships, loans, work-study, military benefits or employer reimbursement.
Credit for Experience - Because what you've done in life matters.
You've seen a lot. You know a lot. You've done a lot. You may not have a college degree (yet), but we bet you could teach a course on life. At UMass UWW, we respect the prior coursework, prior learning and work & life experience you bring into our program. We believe the experiences you have had, and the knowledge, skills and wisdom you have gained over the years matter and are worthy of up to 100 academic credits. And earning credit this way saves you time and money.
- Prior coursework
- Professional Trainings and Certifications
- Military Trainings
- Credit Exams and Evaluations
Get Credit Where Credit is Due.
Learn more about how you can save time and money by earning credit for your prior coursework, prior learning, and work & life experience.