Students in the online Bachelor of Arts in Early Care & Education program bring with them varied backgrounds and life experiences. Read about a few of our graduates and how earning their bachelor’s degree at the UW has made a difference in their lives and careers.
"This program was so valuable because I didn’t have to put my plans to grow my family on hold while going back to school… I feel that with my degree, I’m an asset to my community."
Shariya Dinali Dhammapala
After working in childhood education for over 25 years ago in Sri Lanka, Shariya Dinali Dhammapala had the urge to go back to school herself. “I knew that I needed to learn about the latest research in early childhood education.”
Tess Nicole Foy
"This is the program for students who recognize the importance of racial equity and seek to be culturally responsive educators…My professors intentionally took the time to connect and build relationships with me."
Traci Carvalho Mattos
"My bachelor's degree opens up employment opportunities, and now I’m pursuing my master’s. It was my positive online learning experience with UW that gave me the confidence to pursue my master’s degree."
"Finishing my degree at the UW was a dream come true. … If it wasn't for my degree I wouldn't be able to do my job, because having this position requires a bachelor's degree."
"Being a parent and working full time, I wondered how I could possibly go back to school. Even though I really wanted to, it was very scary. My philosophy was, I’ll never know if I don't try it out."