Applications to the major are accepted for Autumn and Winter quarters. Autumn quarter applications are accepted March 1 through April 15. Winter quarter applications are accepted September 1 through October 15.  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. 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 is 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.

Admissions timeline for Winter 2021:

  • Applications are accepted for Winter 2021 admission between September 1, 2020 and October 15th, 2020. Applications can be submitted until 11:59PM on October 15th. Late applications are not accepted.
  • 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. 
  • Transfer student admission decisions are sent by the UW Admissions Office. 

Admission criteria (Admission requirements are currently being reviewed for a possible revision that would be in place for Winter 2021 admissions. Please check back here for more information in July 2020.):

  • 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. Current UW 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. 

  • 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: 

  • 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 educational or related settings (health care, mental health, etc.). The personal statement is to be completed by the applicant only; without any editing assistance. 

  • Transfer students only: The application portal will require that you upload unofficial transcripts from previous or current colleges and universities. Transcripts sent to the UW admissions office are not a substitute for uploading unofficial transcripts.

Please send any questions regarding the application process to Scott Weatherman at weather9 @ 

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