Interested in becoming an ECO major? 

ECO students are interested in working with youth, young adults and adult learners in a variety of community contexts.  The ECO major prepares students to fulfill a plethora of careers in education. Students interested in working with young children are encouraged to explore the Early Childhood and Family Studies program. The ECO Major admits students for Autumn and Winter quarter admission. Autumn quarter applications are accepted March 1 through April 15. Winter quarter applications are accepted September 1 through October 15.  

Admissions Requirements (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.)

  • Completion of 60 credits at UW or prior transfer coursework already assessed by the UW Admissions office. Credits in progress are counted toward the required 60. 
  • Completion of one English composition course, minimum 2.50 grade*
  • 2.50 minimum overall GPA
  • Completion, or current enrollment in EDUC 280- Introduction to Education, Communities and Organizations with a 2.0 minimum grade*             

* Students may submit an application while enrolled in EDUC 280 and/or an English composition course. If all other criteria are met students will be conditionally admitted, pending final course grade.

If you have questions about the application process or requirements, please attend an Undergraduate Majors and Minor Information Session. Information Sessions are held twice per week, see the College of Education calendar for upcoming dates.

Transfer Students 

Transfer students interested in the ECO Major can select the major on their UW Admissions application. The ECO Major requires EDUC 280 to be in-progress or completed for a student to apply to the major. Because of this, transfer students are not eligible to be directly admitted to ECO. Transfer students who select ECO as their desired Major and meet all other UW admission requirements are admitted as pre-major students. After submitting your enrollment deposit to the university, admitted transfer students will attend the required Transfer Advising & Orientation hosted by UW First Year Programs. This is a chance for you to meet with an ECO adviser and plan for admission to the Major. Typically, new students seeking admission to the major register for EDUC 280 in their first quarter. If you have questions about transfer student admission to the ECO Major, please visit our academic advising web page

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