Applications to the major are accepted for Autumn and Winter quarters. Admission to the major considers an applicant's demonstrated or intended commitment to the field of education and early learning, your academic and professional goals, and finally, your prior academic performance.  

Current UW students are encouraged to start the program in their sophomore year and no later than Autumn of their junior year. Interested first-year students are encouraged to apply in April for an Autumn quarter start in their sophomore year. Juniors looking to apply should speak with an ECFS Academic Adviser, please see Advising page for contact information and office hours. Transfer students are encouraged to review both the degree requirements and UW Admission requirements. Please note that applying to both UW and the College of Education are necessary for admission to the major. Further, we strongly recommend transfer students attend Transfer Thursday to get a clearer picture of what it takes to be successfully admitted to the University and the College of Education.

ECFS Major Application - Begin Here

Admissions timeline for Autumn 2018:

  • Applications are accepted for Autumn 2018 admission between February 19th, 2018 and April 16th, 2018. Applications can be submitted until 11:59PM on April 16th. Late applications are not accepted. Click here to begin your application, UW NetID required. 
  • Transfer student decisions from the College of Education ECFS major are sent after UW Admissions communicates your acceptance to the University. Please note applying to the ECFS Major as a transfer student requires admission to both the UW and the College of Education. These processes are separate from each other; with differing deadlines. See the UW Admissions website for transfer student deadlines. 
  • Admission decisions for current UW students will be sent on a rolling basis during April and May, 2018. Current UW students are required to attend an on-campus orientation session that will occur before the end of the Spring 2018 quarter. Additionally, all admitted students are required to attend an individual advising session to complete course planning and formally complete the change of major process. Transfer students will meet with an academic adviser during the required Transfer Advising & Orientation host by UW First Year Programs.

Admission criteria:

  • GPA minimum for UW coursework: 2.50 cumulative. For transfer students, GPA minimum for community college coursework: 2.50 cumulative. 

  • Please note, there are no prerequisite courses required for admission to the ECFS major. Interested students are encouraged to complete ECFS 200 and other College of Education courses as course enrollments allow. You're encouraged to seek advising about courses available to non-majors from the College of Education as early as possible. Academic advisers are available for drop-in and scheduled advising appointments

  • Applicants are encouraged to gain experience in early childhood and/or family support programs (for example, by observing, volunteering, or working) and indicate such experience in their personal statement. Please note that previous experience is not a requirement to apply.

Application Materials: 

  • Unofficial transcripts from all colleges attended (Current UW students do not need to upload a UW transcript).

  • Personal Statement - The essay must be no longer than two pages, one-inch margins, double-spaced, 12pt font. Please include your first and last name in the header. Do not include a title in the essay. The personal statement should reflect your interest and commitment to the field of early childhood and family studies.  This is an opportunity for you to tell us why this major is a good fit for you in preparation for a career in working with young children and families in a variety of educational settings. The personal statement is to be completed by the applicant only; without any editing assistance. 

Applications are accepted online only. Please send any questions regarding the application process to Scott Weatherman at weather9 @ 

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