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. Applications for Autumn 2020 admission are accepted between March 1st, 2020 and April 15th, 2020. Applications can be submitted until 11:59PM on April 15th. The application link will be found on this web page closer to March 1st.

Admissions Requirements

  • 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. If all other criteria are met students will be conditionally admitted, pending final course grade.

If you have questions about the application or application process, contact Scott Weatherman at weather9 @ 

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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