Degrees for the most important workers in the world.
The UMass Amherst University Without Walls Interdisciplinary Studies degree completion program respects your work, and is committed to helping you finish your bachelor's degree online with a focus in early childhood 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 childhood education.
Many Head Start teachers are required to have a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood 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 the UWW Interdisciplinary Studies degree completion program.
A great education. Credit for experience. Support you deserve.
For fifty years, the UMass Amherst University Without Walls Interdisciplinary Studies degree completion program has been helping adults just like you complete their first bachelor's degrees online at a world-class public university. At the UWW Interdisciplinary Studies degree completion program, you can design your own program of study in early childhood education, bring in or earn up to 105 credits for your prior coursework, prior learning, and work and 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.
Visit the UWW Interdisciplinary Studies degree completion program website to learn more about our BA, Early Childhood Education Concentrations.
As part of a public university, the UMass Amherst University Without Walls Interdisciplinary Studies degree completion program 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.
Courses are $415 per credit. Credits awarded for life and work experience are a fraction of the cost of course credits.
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$150 per fall and spring semesters
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The University of Massachusetts is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).
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The UMass Amherst University Without Walls Interdisciplinary Studies degree completion program seeks to admit adults who are determined to finish their bachelor's degrees 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.
Former UMass Amherst students
You are exempt from the minimum GPA and credit requirements. We can help you finish what you started. Welcome back.
- Fall: May 1 (early deadline); June 1 (regular deadline)
- Spring: October 1 (early deadline); November 1 (regular deadline)
- Summer: March 1 (early deadline); March 15 (regular deadline)
We’re glad you found us and we 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 UWW Interdisciplinary Studies 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 the UWW Interdisciplinary Studies degree completion program, we respect the prior coursework, prior learning, and work and 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 105 academic credits (up to 75 transfer and up to 30 residence 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 and life experience.