Effective Spring 2018 the name of this program will change to

Early Care and Education

The new name will apply for all students entering the program beginning Autumn 2018.

The UW College of Education offers an online degree completion program in early care and education. This program prepares students to make a positive and lasting impact on the education of young children. This a degree completion program and requires applicants have completed at least 70 transferrable quarter units.  

A Curriculum That Balances Theory With Practice

The early care and education curriculum combines the study of academic theory with practical training in the field. Core courses are enhanced with the latest research from the National Center on Quality Teaching and Learning, a Head Start–funded effort directed by the UW College of Education. The curriculum also includes service learning courses, where students can apply what they’ve learned while working alongside teachers in preschool classrooms or child care centers. Those already working in the field can do service learning at their current jobs, while others can connect with program partners to find suitable placements. Read more about the degree»

Flexible, Cohort-Based Online Model

Courses are taught by top UW faculty and professionals in the field, who have established expertise and deep experience in promoting effective, high-quality teaching. All courses are taught online using a group-based asynchronous model. Students can complete much of the classwork on their own schedule, while weekly activities and assignments ensure that participants interact with each other and the instructor and keep pace with the class. A new cohort will begin the program each fall, with students taking most classes with their cohort. Get admissions information»

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