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The online Bachelor of Arts in Early Care & Education gives you the skills and knowledge you need to make a difference in the lives of young children and their families. This innovative degree completion program prepares you to advance your career in a variety of fields, including education, social and mental health services, child care, and parent support and education.

The program is offered by the UW College of Education, ranked 5th in the nation among public schools of education by U.S News & World Report.


The program curriculum incorporates academic theory, the latest research in early childhood education, and practical training in the early learning settings.

Intentional Teaching Framework

The program uses an Intentional Teaching Framework that enables students to learn not just by gaining knowledge but also through action, observation and reflection. Working in the classroom enriches the learning experience, giving you the opportunity to observe early childhood professionals in action and to practice interacting with children with expert guidance and support. 

intentional teaching framework graphicKnow  Gain knowledge of child development and specific practices

See  Objectively describe what's happening in your own and others’ video clips using specific behavioral language

Do  Set goals, plan, and implement strategies

Reflect  Observe your practice, assess, analyze, and implement quantifiable positive change

Community-Based Learning Experience

Community-Based Learning Experience is an integral part of the ECE practice-based curriculum and will be guided by your instructors. We believe early childhood professionals learn by applying knowledge through action, observation, and reflection. Working with children, other professionals, and families enriches your learning experience as you connect knowledge and practice in community contexts. Those already working with children in an early learning setting can complete community-based learning experience at their current jobs, while others can connect with early learning sites in their community.

ECE students live around the world, and uncertainty around COVID-19 continues to exist globally. Your safety is very important to us and we will offer accommodations that will meet your needs and support your learning. 

Program Format

The program is offered completely online. Most full-time students will complete the program in two years; part-time students typically finish in three years.

Who Should Apply

This program is designed for transfer students seeking to complete their bachelor’s degree in early childhood education online. The total number of UW credits required to complete your degree depends on how many credits you transfer.

You must enter the program with at least 45 academic credits. Like all UW bachelor of arts degrees, this program requires the completion of at least 180 total credits. For more information, see Admissions.