ECE B.A.S. FAQ

How long will the ECE B.A.S. take to complete?

Students admitted to the B.A.S. program are expected to follow the Early Childhood Education course sequence, which is approximately 10 credits each quarter, for six quarters. Please refer to the Program Planning Sheet, linked on our home page, to see the course sequence.  

Most students will also need to complete general education and/or elective credits while in the program. The full duration of the program depends on how many credits the student is transferring in from previous college coursework and whether or not the student is attending classes part-time or full-time.

Students entering the Two Year Program will begin the ECE course sequence their first year in the program and may finish the program in as little as two years if they either had many credits transfer in from previous degrees OR choose to attend full-time (this may necessitate summer attendance as well). Students entering the Three Year Program will do general education and/or elective credits the first year and start their ECE course sequence in their second year.

In some instances, students who have already completed a bachelor’s degree in another field can finish by attending part-time in as little as six quarters. On the other end of the spectrum, students who are transferring in an Associate of Applied Science degree, have not completed college-level math, and wish to attend part-time may take approximately four years to finish.

Most full-time students will be able to finish the program in two years. Most part-time students will be able to finish the program in about three years. However, in some instances, students who have already completed a bachelor’s degree in another field can finish by attending part-time in as little as six quarters. On the other end of the spectrum, students who are transferring in an Associate of Applied Science degree, have not completed college-level math, and wish to attend part-time may take approximately four years to finish.

Is there a difference between 2/3yr programs?

Students entering the Two Year Program will begin the ECE course sequence their first year in the program and may finish the program in as little as two years if they either had many credits transfer in from previous degrees OR choose to attend full-time (this may necessitate summer attendance as well). If the student has remaining general education and/or elective credits at the end of two years, they will need to continue the program into a third year.

Students entering the Three Year Program will do general education and/or elective credits the first year and start their ECE course sequence in their second year. If all general education and/or elective credits were not completed in the first year, the student will need to continue taking these courses beyond the first year. This program cannot be completed in less than three years.

Most full-time working students opt to finish the program part-time over three years. In this case, the main difference between the two program formats is whether the student completes their general education and/or elective credits prior to beginning their ECE course sequence (Three Year Program), or after completing their ECE course sequence (Two Year Program). Students will spend the same amount of time (three years) in both programs in this case, but the order of the courses will vary.   

Our ECE course sequence can be found in our Program Planning Sheet, linked on our home page.

When and where are classes held?

Early Childhood Education upper-division (ECE) courses are offered in the evenings and require students to be on campus twice per week. ECE courses begin at 6:30 p.m. and end by 9:30 p.m. Classes are held at Seattle Central College in the Broadway Edison Building. Students starting in Fall 2017 will have class on Monday and Thursday nights for all six quarters in which they are taking ECE classes, Fall 2017-Spring 2019.

General education courses can be completed in whatever way is best for the student's schedule. Some students may prefer to take courses online; others may wish to take them during evenings in the summer quarters, etc. There are many scheduling options. Courses can be taken at any of the three colleges in the Seattle Colleges District: North Seattle College, Seattle Central College or South Seattle College, or at other community colleges. If students have financial aid,  it is easiest to take courses at North Seattle College as aid is automatically applied to our courses, but it is possible to submit to the Office of Financial Aid a Consortium Agreement form in which the student requests to disburse their financial aid to another campus/college.

Student services such as financial aid, registration, tutoring, and disability services will be provided by North Seattle College. Program faculty and staff are employees of North, although they will host office hours at the classroom location two nights per week. Most student services can be accessed online.

If a student takes general education courses at Seattle Central College or South Seattle College, she or he may use student services at those respective colleges for those particular courses.

Why are classes held at Seattle Central?

Although the ECE B.A.S degree is offered by North Seattle College, classes will be held at Seattle Central College in order to make it possible for students from all over the city to have easiest possible access to classes. Seattle Central College is at the heart of Seattle, very accessible via public transit, and evening parking in the garage is inexpensive at just $25 per quarter.   

Is this degree accredited?

North Seattle College is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities to offer and confer two- and four-year degrees and has been awarded full accreditation status for the Early Childhood Education B.A.S. degree.

When do I apply and when does it start?

Admission to the Early Childhood Education B.A.S. degree program is competitive. Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission, as the number of qualified applicants may exceed the number of available enrollment spaces. Preference is given to qualified applicants who apply early. Please stay informed by consulting the Early Childhood Education webpages for application deadline dates.

The program is cohort-oriented. The first cohort (group of students going through the program together) will begin in January 2016 and run through the summer quarter. The second cohort will begin in fall 2016, and new cohorts following will begin each fall thereafter.

Students beginning in fall will not be required to take classes over the summer, although some students may wish to complete general education classes during the summer. The cohort structure means that all ECE B.A.S. students will be in the same peer group for the duration of the program. Since courses are not offered every quarter, it is imperative that students work with the program manager to ensure a plan is developed for finishing the program.

May I take courses without being admitted?

Yes. Students who have not been formally admitted to the program may register for a maximum of 15 early childhood education credits with faculty permission. Cconsidered non-matriculated students, such students will remain under this status until they apply and are formally admitted to the program at the following Fall Quarter start date.

Is there a required sequence of courses?

Yes. B.A.S. programs require admitted students to follow a specific sequence of courses. Please refer to the Program Planning Sheet for more information.

How much does it cost?

In 2015-2016, upper-division B.A.S. courses cost $234.43 per credit for credits 1-10 and $9.95 per credit for credits 11-18, per quarter. Students attending a B.A.S. program full time can expect to pay around $2500 per quarter. For exact pricing, please refer to the state board’s tuition schedule for B.A.S. degrees: Tuition Table.

Can I receive financial aid?

Yes. Eligible students will receive financial aid specifically tailored to the B.A.S. programs, accounting for program length and higher tuition rates. Students should complete the FAFSA and submit necessary data sheets to the financial aid office by the priority deadline for full financial aid consideration. Please visit the financial aid web pages for all financial aid application information. Many preschool providers have access to professional development funds or special scholarships for their employees. Please contact your employer to see if you qualify for funding through the Early Achievers program, the Seattle Preschool Program, or other forms of funding. Details on these scholarships and more can be found here.

 

How will the practicum work?

The practicum focuses on applied, hands-on learning while in the ECE B.A.S. program. Please visit the Applied Learning: Practicum & Capstone page for more information.

Do I need a specific associate degree?

No. The A.A.S.-T in ECE, and A.A.S. in ECE best prepare students to enter the program, but other associate degrees are also accepted. Students completing other associate degrees often have to take additional courses to meet prerequisite requirements. Students with significant work and professional development experience in the field may qualify for prior learning toward the satisfaction of prerequisites. Please contact Program Manager Anne Garrett for more details.

What if I have credits but no associate degree?

You may be eligible to bypass the associate degree requirement and start the ECE B.A.S. program. You will still be required to complete the program course prerequisites before beginning. Please contact Program Manager Anne Garrett for more information.

Can international students apply?

Although international students were not permitted to apply for the first cohort due to state regulations, the program anticipates being approved to accept international students by Fall Quarter 2016.. You must meet with the International Programs Office prior to applying.

How do the B.A.S. and B.S./B.A. differ?

The Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) is a baccalaureate degree with a major in a technical area with substantial applied content. A B.A.S. degree incorporates and utilizes the credits from a previous associate degree, plus two more years of focused, applied, hands-on learning within the courses. We build on associate degrees and provide workplace skills in specific career areas.

Are grads eligible for master’s programs?

Yes. B.A.S. graduates from other Washington state B.A.S. programs have attended and graduated from master’s degree programs across the state. North Seattle College has purposely worked with four-year universities to review the B.A.S. curriculum in order to give B.A.S. graduates master’s degree opportunities.

Where do I get more info?

Please call or email Program Manager Anne Garrett.

Does this degree include teacher certification?

This degree does not include teacher certification. In most cases, teacher certification is required only to teach at preschools that are run by and within public school systems. In the Seattle area, the vast majority of preschools are not operated by public school systems, and, therefore, do not require teacher certification. However, an increasing number of preschools do require teachers to hold a bachelor’s degree in the field, and this degree meets that requirement.

If your immediate goal is to work in the public K-3 setting or to work outside of Seattle in a preschool that is operated by a public school system, this degree may not be the best fit for you. Feel free to contact the program manager to discuss this in greater depth.

B.A.S. Early Childhood Education Program

Program Manager
Anne Garrett
email
(206) 934-4587

Workforce Instruction Division

Location
2312B
Division Contacts
email
(206) 934-3730
Mailing Address
NSC Workforce Instruction Division
9600 College Way N
3NC2312B
Seattle, WA 98103
Dean
Laura Hopkins
 

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