B.A.S. Early Childhood Education


We’re launching our fully online ECE BAS program starting Fall 2019. The online application is now open (link below to apply). If you would like to speak with an advisor, contact Annie.Garrett@seattlecolleges.edu. Candidates may start the program as early as summer 2019 by working on prerequisites, electives, or general education credits. Our 2 year program has filled for Fall 2019, but our fully online Pathways Program (a 3 year program) still has spaces. Students must have an Associate Degree (or equivalent) by the time they begin the program. Click here for more information.


Apply Now for Admission

Our next application deadline for our Bachelor’s program is listed on our Application page. Instructions for applying can be found on our Admissions page. Students who apply by our next deadline may begin taking classes as early as Winter 2020 and will start their Bachelor’s Level cohort courses in Fall 2020. Spaces currently exist in our hybrid and fully online programs. Please join us for a virtual or in-person info session to learn more about our program!

Admissions Appointments

Would you like to speak with someone about the Early Childhood Education BAS Degree? Contact Annie Garrett, ECE BAS Program Manager, to schedule a 1:1 advising appointment, at annie.garrett@seattlecolleges.edu.


About the B.A.S. ECE Degree

North’s Early Childhood Education Bachelor of Applied Science (ECE B.A.S.) degree provides an opportunity for students who have completed an associate degree in Early Childhood Education or a related program to continue their studies and earn a Bachelor of Applied Science degree.

The degree provides professional development training for early care and education professionals, allowing them to keep pace with the increasing professionalization of the field. The curriculum is designed to align with accreditation standards established by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). We aim to prepare educators who are skilled in addressing and undoing barriers of inequity and misinformation. This emphasis upon anti-bias education forms the foundation of our curriculum and programming.

Required ECE B.A.S. courses are offered in the evenings and require students to be in class only two evenings a week. This schedule allows many ECE B.A.S. students to work during the day and complete their bachelor's degree at night. ECE courses are hybrid, blending two-night-per-week evening meetings with online classroom activities and assignments that can be completed at home or elsewhere. General education courses, where applicable, may be completed at the student’s convenience.

ECE B.A.S. courses follow a specific sequence. No summer classes are required. Students can complete the degree in as little as six quarters, although many students will require more time.

Building on Established Pathways

The ECE B.A.S. degree is built on the Statewide Stackable certificates and the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) and Associate of Applied Science Transfer (A.A.S.-T) degrees.

An applied four-year degree in Early Childhood Education that builds on practical early care and learning skills is in rapidly increasing demand by preschool providers throughout greater Seattle and the state of Washington. Local government and accreditation policy is being designed to increase the positive impacts of ECE teachers on the progress of early learners.

Although not a requirement, ECE teachers who are fluent in more than one language have an extra skill that employers need—particularly if that second language is paired with knowledge of good early care and learning and cultural competency.

North also has an ECE I-BEST pathway which can help adult basic education and English as second language students to begin working toward enrollment in the ECE B.A.S. degree program.

Submit the 2020 application now

Please email Annie Garrett for more information or leave a message at (206) 934-4587.