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Bachelor's Degree Completion Pathway

Child care professionals can earn a BA in ECE with Child Care Aware of Washington Scholarships for early learning professionals.

The Bachelor's Degree Completion Pathway is for early learning professionals who need to complete the last two years of their BA or BAS Grad with kidsDegree. This pathway is for those who have completed an associate degree or a Direct-Transfer Agreement (DTA), and have already applied to, or been admitted to, a Washington State Bachelor's Degree program in Early Childhood Education or a similar, approved field. Applicants needing additional credits in order to be accepted into their chosen BA or BAS degree program are not eligible for this pathway, but may be eligible for our DTA/Pre-BA Coursework Scholarship. Please click here to learn more.

This scholarship does not cover the University of Washington Certificate in Practice-Based Coaching program. Please see our CCA of WA Coaching Certificate Scholarship for more information.

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Scholarship Benefits

  • Tuition and Fees - up to $9,000
  • Books - up to $500
  • Release time - $11/hour, up to 3 hours/week



To be eligible to apply for this scholarship, applicants must:

  • Be employed in a WA child care center or family child care program that is participating in Early Achievers, Washington's Quality Rating and Improvement System
  • Work an average of 10 hours per week teaching children or in a leadership role at current facility
  • Have worked for a minimum of six months at current facility before applying for the scholarship
  • Have a MERIT-approved associate degree, or a Direct-Transfer Agreement
  • Have documentation of application to, or acceptance at, a Washington State BA or BAS Degree program in ECE or a similar, approved field (copy of application or acceptance letter)


Scholar Expectations & Incentives

  • All scholars are strongly encouraged to apply for Financial Aid before applying for our scholarship
  • Scholars must complete a minimum of 15 academic credits during a scholarship contract
  • Scholars must remain with current employer for a minimum of six months after completion of a yearlong scholarship contract
  • Scholars must adhere to CCA of WA Scholarships policies, procedures and contract
  • CCA of WA Scholarships provides incentives to scholars upon successful completion of a scholarship contract


Additional Application Requirement

  • If offered a scholarship, you must submit unofficial transcripts for all colleges and/or universities attended within 15 days of our scholarship offer, and a copy of your acceptance letter or transcript


Application Deadlines

Only complete applications can be considered. Once you submit your application it will be forwarded to the authorized facility representative you indicated on your application. Your application will be reviewed by CCA of WA Scholarships at the end of the month it is received, after it has been approved by the authorized facility representative on your application. Scholarship notifications are sent the first week of the month following the month the application was received by CCA of WA Scholarships. All scholarship applications must be complete and submitted by the dates listed below to be considered for the corresponding term.

August 15 November 15 February 15 April 15

Please note: submitting an application does not guarantee funding. Scholarships are awarded based upon funding availability.

How to Apply

Submit an application online. Do not fax, email or mail an application.

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