Degree Required for Admissions
A.A.S. and A.A.S.-T degrees in Early Childhood Education, Child and Family Studies, or related programs offer the best preparation for the ECE B.A.S. degree. However, any two- or four-year degree or equivalent credits will be considered. If you do not yet have a degree but have over 70 credits, please reach out to the Program Manager. Students who wish to complete the degree in two years must have at least 3 ECE prerequisites complete prior to starting the program in the fall. Students who wish to complete the degree in three years or who miss the fall deadline may complete prerequisites in a “pathway” year. Bottom line: if you have over 70 transferable college level credits and wish to get started, there is likely an option for you! Please contact the program manager to discuss!
How to Apply and Deadlines
Apply online for admission! Please contact Annie Garrett if you have questions or would like to meet for assistance with your application. Each fall, we start a hybrid Bachelor’s cohort of 30 students and a fully online cohort of 30 students. These groups of students will take all of their Early Childhood Education major courses together. You can apply as early as January for Fall (September) admission. However, if you miss the fall deadline and want to get ahead on credits and/or you need to complete prerequisites, you may apply for admission at any time throughout the year. In that case, you would be admitted to our “Pathways” program and transition into your major courses the next fall. Annie Garrett would be happy to discuss and answer questions on this!
The ECE BAS program accepts international students. Applicants will need to meet the International Programs standards for admission and will also need to apply to the ECE BAS program.
Program Start Date
We start 1-2 new cohorts of students every fall. You may apply for fall admission as early as January of the same year. However, if you want to get ahead on credits and/or you need to complete prerequisites, you may apply for admission at any time throughout the year. In that case, you would be admitted to our “Pathways” program and transition into your major courses the next fall. Annie Garrett would be happy to discuss and answer questions on this!
For those who do not already have an associate in ECE, the following prerequisite courses are required* and can count as elective credits toward the B.A.S. degree. If you are going to begin working on these courses, we highly recommend you contact Annie Garrett for useful information about scholarships and grants, flexible course availability, etc.
- • EDUC&115 – Child Development
- • ECED&107 – Health, Safety and Nutrition
- • EDUC&130 – Guiding Behavior
- • ECED&170 – Environments
- • EDUC&150 – Child, Family, Community
- • ECED&160 – Curriculum Development
- • ENGL&101 – English Composition I
*Equivalent courses from other colleges may be substituted for any/all of these prerequisites. Candidates with equivalent prior learning from employment and professional development experience may inquire about testing out of these courses. If you have not taken these courses but have met all other admissions requirements (70+ college level credits, 6 months work experience in the field, etc), you may be ready to begin our “Pathways” program. Contact Annie Garrett to discuss!
- 1. Apply to the college and receive a student identification number (SID).
- 2. Complete and submit the online application for the ECE B.A.S. program. This typically takes about 2-3 hours to complete. The application will prompt you to submit the following:
- • A résumé containing professional and/or volunteer experience and skills relevant to the degree.
- • Unofficial transcripts from any colleges previously attended (including North Seattle College)
- • A personal statement describing the following in ~400-600 words (2-3 pages):
- 1. Your personal and professional experience and how this degree builds upon that experience
- 2. Your personal and professional goals and how this degree relates to those goals
- 3. Any challenges or hardships you have overcome in pursuing your education or career goals, and how that life experience has impacted your approach to working with children and families
- 4. Any other special considerations you believe will make you a good candidate
- Special Questions to answer at the end of your essay. Please number your responses.
- 1. The North Seattle College Early Childhood Education program is committed to fostering anti-bias early childhood professionals. Anti-bias philosophy informs the underpinnings of our coursework and culturally-responsive strategies are embedded throughout the program. What does anti-bias education mean to you, and why are you choosing a degree program with this emphasis?
- 2. Do you prefer the online or hybrid program? Please explain your preference. If you prefer online, please describe your experience and comfort using computers for school and/or professional purposes.
- 3. At the end, the application will prompt you to pay a $35 non-refundable application fee.
We respond within 2-4 weeks to notify you of your admissions status. At this time we will also ask you if you prefer the hybrid (2 night per week classes at Seattle Central College) or fully online program. If you have any trouble or would like any support, reach out to Annie Garrett. While you await our response, you are encouraged to begin applying for financial aid and scholarships, which are time-sensitive.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
Get details about financial aid and scholarship opportunities for B.A.S. Early Childhood Education applicants here.
Washington State Employee Tuition Waiver
The Early Childhood Education B.A.S. degree will allow qualifying Washington state employees to use the State Employee Tuition Waiver in the ECE B.A.S. program on a space-available basis. This program can cover up to 6 credits per quarter. Students wishing to use the State Employee Tuition Waiver must still apply to the program and meet all the prerequisite requirements. Students MUST indicate on the online application that they wish to use the tuition waiver. Full details regarding the policy and the special application process can be found here. It is recommended you consult with Annie Garrett about this benefit.