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Earning Your Bachelor's Degree

Earn Your Bachelor's Degree

BA Program Information:

College Directory by County

Although we offer limited  scholarships for Bachelor's degrees, we hope to provide students an opportunity to learn about the various BA programs available in Washington State. The following program information relates to degree programs in the early learning field, including: Elementary Education, Children’s Studies, Special Education, Individual and Family Development, Family Consumer Sciences, Human Development,  Early Education and Family Studies.  The following information provides details on the basics of entrance requirements, degrees available across the state and definitions of some commonly used terms.  For more information on specific programs, please contact the college directly.

Entrance Requirements and Prerequisites

Admission procedures vary from school to school. It is important to check with the college you wish to attend or transfer to for further qualifications. Most 4 year colleges or Universities in Washington have articulation agreements with the 2 year community colleges which make for an easy transfer. Follow the link to your college of choice to find out about articulation agreement available.

Career Opportunities
A B.A. degree in the early childhood education field will prepare students for positions in social services/mental health, education, childcare or research. Job opportunities are expanding in the area of early childhood education. National efforts (e.g. Head Start, National Association for the Education of Young Children) are underway to ensure that early childhood teachers have a bachelor’s degree. The demand for trained early childhood educators is increasing and should remain strong over the next several years.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of Early Childhood B.A. programs will be able to:

  • Promote research designed to investigate best practices for the instruction of and learning by P/K-12 students.
  • Provide leadership and cope with the complex problems teachers’ face of rural and urban society.
  • Understand and meet the needs of individual families and children.
  • Demonstrate an ability to individualize instruction and be sensitive to the socio-cultural issues involving the learner.
  • Provide an opportunity for students to develop a foundational and global perspective of children and childhood.
  • Identify ways to meet each child's individual needs and ways to plan culturally relevant activities to nurture cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of child development from a multi-cultural perspective from birth to age eight.
  • Identify ways to build partnerships with families and ways to share information, resources, and referrals.
  • Develop knowledge and tools needed to teach core curriculum to a diverse population of elementary and middle school children.


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