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A.R.E. Cohort

North Seattle College and Academy of Rising Educators Partnership

North Seattle College (NSC) is working in partnership with Seattle Public Schools Academy of Rising Stars (ARE) to create pathways that will allow students to enter our program and earn a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Early Childhood Education.  Our addition of the ARE program honors our commitment to building a diverse student body and will aim to help close the teacher representation gap at the elementary level.

Students in this program will be connected to resources they can utilize to support them in applying to master’s in teaching programs, at universities following the completion of their BAS Degree. Students who are accepted to the University of Washington’s Masters in Teaching program will be eligible to compete for tuition funding that has been created specifically for this program in partnership with Seattle Public Schools.

Program Eligibility

This degree builds off the Academy for Rising Educators Associate of Arts Degree offered at Seattle Central College and funded in partnership with Seattle Public Schools. Students must first complete this degree or be referred to us by Program Manager KO Wilson at kowilson@seattleschools.org.  If you are not currently a student in the ARE Associate Degree program, please learn more about eligibility for the program.

Bachelor of Applied Science Degree (BAS)

The Early Childhood Education Bachelor of Applied Science Degree (BAS) program prepares students for jobs as lead infant/preschool teachers and administrative/leadership positions at early learning programs and related nonprofits. Students who go on to earn a Master’s in Teaching will also be eligible to teach in elementary school settings. Our program’s emphasis is upon teaching students age 0-8. Students will learn research-based teaching and coaching practices through coursework and an embedded practicum. Students complete 90 credits on average; this varies depending on previous college coursework.


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 biases. This emphasis upon anti-bias education forms the foundation of our curriculum and programming.

Program Format

This program will begin in Fall 2021. The program will be offered in the hybrid format with a combination of in-person classes and online learning scheduled for Tuesday-Thursday evenings with monthly Saturday gatherings. In the unlikely event that campus continues to be closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, classes will be offered in the virtual format. The classes are tentatively planned to be held at Seattle Central College or at a public-school location (TBD).  A 1–2-day orientation will be held in August 2021.
Please see our Program format mapping


If you are currently completing the ARE Associate of Arts program at Seattle Central College,  you will not need to complete any additional courses prior to entering the ECE BAS program. However, if you are coming in with a different academic background outside the ARE Associate of Arts at Central, you will need to complete the following courses prior to starting the fall cohort: EDUC& 115 Child Development and EDUC& 130 Guiding Behavior, ECED& 160 Curriculum Development, and PSYC& 100 Intro to Psychology. In Spring 2021, students are encouraged to take ECED& 160 + PSYC& 100 at Seattle Central. Please contact KO to register: kowilson@seattleschools.org.

If you have never been a student at Seattle Central College please note that you will need to apply to the college first. If you were previously a student at Central and have not yet activated your new CTCLink account (this is the new registration/student services portal). The remaining courses EDUC& 130 + EDUC& 115 can be taken at North Seattle College this summer. We will support all admitted students in registering for these classes once summer registration begins on 5/18/21. 

Educators who have at least two years of full time work experience with children ages 0-8 may also attempt to waive the two courses by exam; you will receive access to these free online exams at the time of admission.

Applying for the Program

We are now accepting applications to the ARE BAS Program! The deadline to apply is March 15th 2021. Please apply to the program.  Note that in order to apply to the program, you must first apply to North Seattle College.

If you are seeking support with the application process, please reach out to Keena Gentry, keena.gentry@seattlecolleges.edu, for assistance.

Faculty and Staff

Keena Gentry - Advisor for ARE Cohort
Anna Saradeth - Advisor 
Annie Garrett - Manager, ECE BAS
William White - Faculty Coordinator, ARE Cohort