Frequently Asked Questions
What are examples of jobs I can get with this degree?
- Supervisor/Manager for a preschool and/or early childhood center
- Lead Teacher for an early childhood Head Start or ECEAP program
- Family Service Specialist
- Case Manager
- Housing Stability Specialist
- Social and community service program manager
- Social service worker
- Child and family advocate
- Positions in social services and early childhood education that require bachelor degrees
Is this program open admissions?
Admission into the BAS in Child, Youth, and Family Studies (CYFS) is by application only and follows specific admission requirements. Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Admission is determined holistically by several factors: strength of Personal Statement, Professional Recommendations, GPA, and amount of relevant work experience. Please see the application process for more information on admission guidelines.
How many people are accepted?
The BAS-CYFS is designed as a cohort model, which means all students begin at the same time and take the same sequence of classes together. Each cohort will have a maximum of 30 students.
Are there any prerequisites?
The BAS program is considered the last two years of a 4-year baccalaureate (bachelor's) degree. Therefore, an Associate in Applied Science - Transfer (AAS-T) degree, or equivalent, must be completed prior to starting the BAS program. In addition to the 60 credits of core courses in either Early Childhood Education, Human Services, Addiction Studies, or Family Support Studies, there are general education courses that need to be completed before the start of the program. Please see degree requirements for more details.
Math& 146 - Introduction to Statistics (or equivalent course) is a prerequisite for CYFS 420 - Applied Research Methods and Information Literacy, a course in the Fall Quarter of the second year of the BAS-CYFS program.
Students can complete this prerequisite as part of their associate's degree prior to the BAS-CYFS program, or must complete it by the end of the first year of the BAS-CYFS program with a minimum grade of 2.0.
How long will this program take to complete?
In general, the BAS-CYFS will take two years to complete if attending full-time (15 credits each quarter). Since the BAS-CYFS program runs on a cohort model, if a CYFS class is missed or dropped for any reason, the student may have to wait until the following cohort to take that class again. The Program Manager will work with each student on a case by case basis during these situations. At this time, new cohorts are scheduled for every Fall Quarter.
What does the program schedule look like?
In general, full-time is 15 credits each quarter for Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters, for a total of six quarters. 10 credits will be upper division (300-400 level) courses specific to the BAS-CYFS program. The remaining five credits will be a general education course.
Please note: if general education credits were completed prior to the BAS-CYFS program and are transferable, the courseload may decrease.
Part-time is 10 credits per quarter for Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer quarters,
for a total of nine quarters.
This program will have evening and hybrid classes. Evening classes are twice a week from 6-9 p.m.: one CYFS course is three hours one evening, and the other CYFS course is three hours on the second evening. The classes are then supplemented with online coursework to equal a 5-credit course each.
Please note: these class times are for the upper division classes of the BAS-CYFS program only. General education course times will vary based on the options students choose.
Can I apply before I graduate from my Associate's degree?
If students are scheduled to complete an AAS-T degree, or equivalent, by the start of the BAS-CYFS program in the Fall Quarter, then they can still apply before actual completion. The expectation is that courses will be completed with the minimum GPA and grade point prior to the start of the program.
Students who are close to finishing but are not able to meet minimum requirements by the Fall deadline are encouraged to consult with the Program Manager to explore further options.
How much is tuition?
Please see the BAS tuition table for upper division courses. Visit the tuition page for lower division courses (general education). Based on how many upper division and lower division credits are taken in the same quarter, total tuition may vary. Tuition breaks are given when enrolled in more than the 10 credits of CYFS courses per quarter. Please contact the BAS-CYFS Program Manager for more details.
Is there any financial assistance?
The U.S. Department of Education has approved this program for Federal Student Aid.
Students are encouraged to fill out a FAFSA before the due date for Fall quarter, please see financial aid for more details.
VA Education Benefits and Worker Retraining funds are also approved for this program.
There are three scholarships available from the Edmonds Community College Foundation specifically for the BAS-CYFS program. The application period for these scholarships begin in the Summer Quarter.
If Early Childhood Education students are currently working in an Early Achievers program, they may be eligible for the Child Care Aware of WA Scholarship.
Does this BAS degree count towards a Master's degree?
The BAS-CYFS program has been reviewed by other universities that offer Master's degrees in related fields. These universities agree that graduates of the BAS-CYFS program will be good candidates to apply for related Master's programs. Potential degrees can include, but are not limited to:
- Master of Arts in Family and Child Life
- Master of Social Work
- Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling
- Master of Education