The online Bachelor of Arts in Early Care & Education gives you the skills and knowledge you need to make a difference in the lives of young children and their families. This innovative degree completion program prepares you to advance your career in a variety of fields, including education, social and mental health services, child care, and parent support and education.
The program is offered by the UW College of Education, ranked 5th in the nation among public schools of education by U.S News & World Report.
The program curriculum incorporates academic theory, the latest research in early childhood education, and practical training in the field.
Intentional Teaching Framework
The program uses an Intentional Teaching Framework that enables students to learn not just by gaining knowledge but also through action, observation and reflection. Working in the classroom enriches the learning experience, giving you the opportunity to observe early childhood professionals in action and to practice interacting with children with expert guidance and support.
Know – Gain knowledge of child development and specific practices
See – Objectively describe what's happening in your own and others’ video clips using specific behavioral language
Do – Set goals, plan, and implement strategies
Reflect – Observe your practice, assess, analyze, and implement quantifiable positive change
The degree includes service learning courses, where you can apply what you've learned while working alongside early childhood education professionals. Those already working in the field can complete the service learning at their current jobs, while others can connect with early learning sites in their community.
Regarding COVID-19 restrictions and center closures: We realize that you may not be able to interact with children in early learning settings at this time or may have constraints related to your unique situation. Your safety is very important to us and we will offer service learning accommodations that will meet your needs and support your learning.
The program is offered completely online. Most full-time students will complete the program in two years; part-time students typically finish in three years.
Who Should Apply
This program is designed for transfer students seeking to complete their bachelor’s degree in early childhood education online. The total number of UW credits required to complete your degree depends on how many credits you transfer.
You must enter the program with at least 70 academic credits. Like all UW bachelor of arts degrees, this program requires the completion of at least 180 total credits. For more information, see Admissions.