young boy on playgroundThe online Bachelor of Arts in Early Care & Education is designed for those seeking to complete their college degree at a top-ranked educational institution and achieve their life and career goals.

Note: This program was previously titled Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood & Family Studies. Some application materials may still reflect the previous program name.

Application Dates and Deadlines

A new cohort of the program starts every fall. Applications open on December 15. The priority application deadline is February 15 and the final deadline is July 16.

Minimum Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the program, you must have met the following requirements. 

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident (green card holder)
  • Completed the College Academic Distribution Requirements (UW admission requirements that can be satisfied by high school and/or college coursework)
  • Completed a minimum of 70 transferable quarter credits from regionally accredited colleges or universities (1 semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits)
  • Earned a cumulative transfer GPA of 2.5 or higher

Note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission to this program or the UW.

Transferable Credits

In general, you should be able to transfer college-level academic credits for courses that fall within the UW Areas of Knowledge. Learn more on the UW Transfer Credit Policies page, including notable restrictions on transfer credit.

Need help figuring out whether you qualify to apply? Contact an Enrollment Coach to learn more about admissions requirements and how to request a transcript evaluation.

How to Apply

Because of the various steps and requirements, we recommend starting the application process as early as possible.

To apply, submit the following materials:

Official transcripts can be sent to:
University of Washington
Office of Admissions
Box 355852
Seattle, WA 98195-5852

If you have already completed or will complete a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university prior to enrolling at the UW, select the “Early Care & Education (Online) - Post-Bac” option when you fill out the online application form.

Note: Former and current University of Washington students should contact us for instructions on how to apply.