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)

Education, Communities and Organizations is a capacity-constrained major. An additional application is required after you enroll at the UW, and admission may be competitive. Visit the department website for more information.

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).


Preparation for the major is a factor in transfer admission. Use the information below to help you prepare for this degree

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:

  • Completion of 45 credits at UW or prior transfer coursework already assessed by the UW Admissions Office. Credits in progress are counted toward the required 45.
  • EDUC 280 (minimum 2.0 grade)
  • English composition course (minimum 2.50 grade)
  • Students may submit an application while enrolled in EDUC 280 and/or English composition course. If all other criteria are met students will be conditionally admitted, pending final grade.
  • 2.50 minimum overall GPA
  • Admission essays (4, 250 word prompts)

For more information, visit the department’s website.

Courses required for the major:

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

Entering transfer information:

Total undergraduates: 167
Total from Washington community colleges: 20

Entering transfer GPA (from WA community colleges):

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

Career outcomes