North Seattle College
Early Childhood Education BAS Degree Survey

North Seattle College is considering developing a new Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree in early childhood education. The program would begin in winter 2016.

Current plans are to have the program be delivered face-to-face on weekday evenings and/or weekends with classroom instruction located in central Seattle. There is increasing demand for bachelor’s degree educated preschool teachers in the Seattle area. Seattle City’s new “Pre-K for All” pilot program requires all lead teachers to hold a bachelor’s degree, and Head Start now requires that a minimum of 50% of their lead teachers hold a bachelor’s degree. This follows national trends, with the federal government pushing states to make “high quality” preschool programs widely available and affordable. The City of Seattle has set a policy goal of paying these teachers on par with kindergarten teachers who currently earn a median wage of $26.04/hour.

Full-time tuition and fees would be about $8,000 per year (less if credits are transferred in, or credit for work experience is awarded). Financial aid would be available. This program is designed to build upon either an Early Childhood Education associate degree, an Associate of Arts degree or other associate degree in a related field.

1. Are you interested in enrolling in a Bachelor of Applied Science degree program in Early Childhood Education (check one)?
2. If you answered “no” to question 1 above, what are the main reasons (check all that apply, do not answer this question if you did not answer “no” to question 1)?
3. What is your availability for attending college classes? (Check all that apply).
4. Do you believe that additional training and education, specifically an applied bachelor’s degree, would benefit you either through promotion or increased earnings (check one)?
5. Please indicate your current employment status (check one):
6. If you are working in the field, please indicate the number of years (check one):
7. Your current college (check one)
8. Your current program type (check one)
If you would like more information about the Early Childhood Education BAS degree as it develops, please provide your name and email address (optional).
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