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New Degree: Education, Communities and Organizations (ECO)


Teaching and learning can be found in every profession as well as in our daily lives as parents, coaches, mentors and citizens. Through education we gain knowledge, motivate people and come together to create change.

The University of Washington’s Education, Communities and Organizations (ECO) degree believes teaching and learning happens not only within the formal classroom, but also across a host of other professions such as youth development, policy reform, business, health care and in a variety of organizations serving communities.

The Bachelor of Arts in Education, Communities and Organizations will provide students with a solid foundation in learning theory, human development, equity studies, organizational dynamics and community-based research and practice. All students complete a community-based capstone internship.


  • Education policy
  • Professional learning and development
  • Community outreach and advocacy
  • Higher education administration
  • Elementary or secondary school teaching*
  • Community-based teaching and learning
  • Education research
  • Youth programs administration and coaching

* Requires state-specified content courses as electives and master’s level teaching certificate