The UMass Amherst Graduate Certificate in Early Grade Reading is the first university program that focuses specifically on early grade reading in developing countries. This 15-credit, fully-online program offers state-of-the-art professional development for practitioners and policymakers working on early grade reading projects around the world.

The program consists of 5 courses which may be taken in any order. Courses are asynchronous and designed for working professionals living in countries outside of the US as well those based in the US. Credits earned can be applied towards a master’s degree in international education or a doctoral degree with a specialization in international education at UMass Amherst if you decide later that you would like to pursue a degree program.

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Registration is administered through UMass Amherst University Without Walls.  Please see Fee Schedule below.

Type of Fee Amount
Summer Fee per credit $525
Fall Fee per credit $569
Registration Fee per semester $60
Returned Check Fee per semester** $30

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*applicable when you register after deadline; non-refundable unless course has been cancelled

** applicable when checks returned unpaid

*** Courses can vary from one to six credits; this total represents a standard 3 credit course


The University of Massachusetts is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).


Admission is on a rolling basis.

In terms of requirements, you should:

  • Hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree
  • Work or intend to work in the field of education and/or early grade reading
  • Have sufficient English reading and writing skills to participate in the courses (As a guideline, this would be equivalent to at least 80 on the TOEFL IBT. Note that you DO NOT need to take the TOEFL or submit any scores). International applicants (non-U.S. citizens) are welcome.
Financial Aid: 

Financial aid is unfortunately not available for Certificate programs.

Please check with your employer to see if they offer professional development support schemes for their staff.