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Child, Youth, and Family Studies

Enhance your career with an applied bachelor's degree!

The Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) Degree in Child, Youth, and Family Studies at Edmonds College provides advanced knowledge and skills for professional positions in educational settings for young children and social services programs for youth and families. This degree is unique in its interdisciplinary model with emphasis on family systems, equity, and social justice.

The Fall 2023 Cohort Application will open in Winter 2023!


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What Does This Degree Look Like?

The Child, Youth, and Family Studies (CYFS) BAS degree is designed for working adults who have professional-technical academic backgrounds and strive for career advancement, stronger skills, knowledge, and pathways to higher degree levels.

Program Highlights
  • Cohort Model, build relationships with your classmates
  • Hybrid format, online and in person
  • Twice a week from 6-9 p.m., 10 credits/quarter
  • Fall, Winter, and Spring Quarters

Additional General Education courses:

  • Flexible time and modes of instruction based on individual student schedules
  • Can be taken with CYFS courses, during Summer Quarters, and/or in a third year
For further details on the program:

CYFS-BAS Information Sheet

Break down of Degree Requirements (180 Credits)

Course Descriptions and Objectives

Program Requirement Sheet

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What Do I Need Before Applying?

Students will have first completed an Associate in Applied Science - Transfer (AAS-T), or equivalent degree, in one of the following:

Students with an Associate of Technical Arts (ATA) degree, or similar, in one of the fields of study listed above are encouraged to consult with a CYFS Advisor for further discussion on whether additional courses are needed prior to applying.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Apply?

Admission into the program is by CYFS-BAS application only and follows a cohort model with a maximum enrollment of 30 students per cohort.

Cohort: all students begin together and proceed with the same CYFS classes each quarter for the duration of at least 2 years (6 quarters).

At this time, cohorts start once a year in the Fall quarters. Application periods run from the Winter through Summer quarters.

Application Process

CYFS-BAS Tuition and Fees

Funding sources:

Federal Financial Aid

Early Achievers Scholarship (Child Care Aware of Washington)

  • For students with an Early Childhood Education background working at an Early Achievers site

Worker Retraining Program

VA Education Benefits