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Ensuring the healthy development of young children and readying them for school success is a nationally recognized priority. With cutting-edge courses and curriculum based on proven research, the online Bachelor of Arts in Early Care & Education program gives you the skills and experience to succeed in a variety of fields related to early childhood education and family support.

Demand for Qualified Educators

State and federal funding for early learning programs is on the rise. The increased support for these programs has also raised the education level required for many jobs in the field. An influential 2015 report, Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth Through Age 8, recommends that the early childhood field transition to "a minimum bachelor’s degree qualification requirement, with specialized knowledge and competencies for all lead educators.”

Valuable Degree

The outstanding reputation of the University of Washington speaks for itself — to the world and to potential employers. Your online Early Care & Education bachelor's degree is no different from one earned on campus, both in name and in quality.

You’ll also get full access to UW alumni career services, including the Career & Internship Center, personal employment counseling, job listings and more. And you’ll join the vast alumni network of Huskies around the world.

Career Paths

Graduates of this program go on to careers in a host of different fields, including:

  • Preschool teaching
  • Early childhood administration
  • Children’s museums and media
  • Child life specialist
  • Early learning assessment
  • Early learning coaching
  • Education policy and advocacy
  • Education research
  • Family support

Success Stories

Visit the Student Stories page to read more about the positive outcomes of this degree program.