Education, Communities & Organizations

College of Education

The Bachelor of Arts in Education, Communities and Organizations major provides students with a solid foundation in learning theory, human development, equity studies, organizational theory and community-based research and practice. Through elective courses, students will build on this knowledge to explore diverse areas of study. All students complete a community-based capstone internship.

Major category: Capacity-constrained

Curricular options: Education, Communities & Organizations

Topic: Social sciences

Applicant type


Freshmen can apply to the UW to begin autumn quarter or winter quarter (U.S. applicants only)

Read more about applying to the UW as a freshman, including details for programs that provide high school students with college credit (like Running Start).


Quarters of general admission to UW: autumn / winter (U.S. applicants only) / spring

Preparation for the major is a factor in transfer admission.

  • Use the information below to help you prepare for this degree
  • Visit MyPlan to run a degree audit.
  • Use the UW Equivalency Guide to find out how courses taken at a Washington state community or technical college will transfer to the UW.
  • UW college and school graduation requirements

Department admission information

  • Departmental application deadline: April 15 for Autumn; Oct 15 for Winter
  • Please contact the department for details about the application process.
This major is capacity-constrained. Completion of prerequisites does not guarantee admission.

Admission is based on the following criteria:

  1. Satisfactory progress toward completion General Education requirements; minimum 45 credits
  2. Completion of the following course:
    1. EDUC 280 (minimum 2.0 grade)
    2. English composition course (minimum 2.50 grade)
  3. 2.50 minimum overall GPA
  4. Admission essay: Applicants will submit their responses to the following admission essay prompts. Each response must be 250 words or less. All materials submitted must be
    written and edited by the applicant, only.

    • Have you experienced, witnessed, or learned about injustices in your educational journey? Please describe. How will the ECO major help you understand these injustices? Required for all applicants.
    • The ECO major requires a year-long internship working with a community partner. How do you think this service-learning experience will enhance your educational experience? Required for all applicants.
    • The ECO major helps to empower students and graduates to make positive changes in educational and community settings. What are some of the positive changes you would like to work towards in these settings? Required for all applicants.
    • Low-scholarship exceptions: Applicants who do not meet the minimum GPA requirements listed in Admission Criteria will submit a short, written explanation for grades or GPA below the minimum. Applicants should also include any steps taken to sustain higher levels of academic performance. Applicants who do not meet these minimums are encouraged to still apply. This question is only required for applicants who have not met the GPA minimum requirements.

Applications are due October 15 for winter quarter start and April 15 for autumn quarter start. See schedule at ECO Admissions. For further information, see: Education, Communities and Organizations .

Read more about applying to the UW as a transfer student.

Courses required for the major:

  • EDUC 280 – Introduction to Education, Communities, and Organizations: Re-envisioning Education
  • English Composition

Entering transfer information:

Total undergraduates: 219
Total from Washington community colleges: 26

Entering transfer GPA (from WA community colleges):

3.75 – 4.00: 5
3.50 – 3.74: 6
3.25 – 3.49: 5
3.00 – 3.24: 5
2.75 – 2.99: 5
2.50 – 2.74: 0
2.49 and below: 0

Career outcomes