Academic Planning Worksheet: Early Childhood & Family Studies

Preparation for your intended major is a factor in the review of your UW transfer application. Use this worksheet to help you plan for admission to your intended major and for UW general education requirements.


Department admission information

This major is capacity-constrained. Completion of prerequisites does not guarantee admission.

Admission is based on the following criteria:

  1. ECFS 200 with a 2.0 minimum grade
  2. English Composition with a 2.0 minimum grade
  3. GPA minimum for UW coursework: 2.50 cumulative. For transfer students, GPA minimum for community college coursework: 2.50 cumulative
  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 ECFS major help you understand these injustices? Required for all applicants.
    • The ECFS major focuses on the educational experiences of children from birth to age 8 and their families. Why are you interest in working with this specific community? Required for all applicants.
    • The ECFS 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.

Information sessions are offered to learn more about the major and how to apply. See schedule at ECFS Admissions . For further information, see: Early Childhood & Family Studies .

Applications are due October 15 for winter quarter start and April 15 for autumn quarter start.

For an online-only track, see the Early Care & Education website.


Courses recommended for admission to major

Directions: Record the courses you have taken, are taking or plan to take prior to UW enrollment that you believe are equivalent to the UW course requirements listed below. Not sure? Use the transfer course equivalency guide.


UW Course Dept. Prefix & Number Term/Year
Example: MATH 124 – Calculus I MATH 151 AUT 08
ECFS 200 I&S – Intro to Early Childhood and Family Studies
English Composition

Additional information

  • Prior to admission, students should be working towards completion of the Arts and Sciences General Education Requirements, to include English composition and additional writing, Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning, foreign language, and Areas of Knowledge.
  • For more specific information, please visit the College of Education website.

Entering transfer information

Total undergraduates, as of autumn 2019: 213

Total from Washington community colleges: 35

  • Entering transfer GPA (from WA community colleges):
  • 3.75 – 4.00: 12
  • 3.50 – 3.74: 6
  • 3.25 – 3.49: 9
  • 3.00 – 3.24: 6
  • 2.75 – 2.99: 1
  • 2.50 – 2.74: 0
  • 2.49 and below1

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