About the Education Pathway 

This pathway is designed to meet Associate in Arts degree requirements with an emphasis in Education. This pre-major pathway prepares you to transfer at the junior level to a four-year college to earn a bachelor's degree in education, elementary education, early childhood education, or a related field.

Educators ask questions such as: How do classroom dynamics impact learning? Are there new ways to engage students? Do learning styles affect test scores? If you enjoy working with children and want to nurture their growth and development, this pathway could be for you. Education is one of those professions that is as much a calling as a career. Few jobs offer the opportunity to have such a significant, positive impact on others. After all, who doesn’t have a favorite teacher (or two or three) that influenced their lives?

Fast-moving and always changing, the field of education is best suited for someone who welcomes challenges and looks for variety in their work. An educator’s job never stops; you can never truly know where your influence on others will begin or end and choosing this as a career means that you are dedicated to continually helping others grow intellectually and socially.

In this pathway, you’ll complete the requirements to transfer at the junior-level into an education program at a four-year college or university.  You’ll also gain general content knowledge in subjects you may later choose to teach such as English, mathematics, history, economics, physical science, life science and the arts.

Whether you want to become a K-12 teacher, own/operate a childcare center or family childcare home, work with school-age children, or serve as a family support specialist, this pathway will help provide the preparation you need to pursue a rewarding career in education.

Transfer Programs Information Sessions

Come check out our Transfer Programs Information Sessions to learn more and ask questions about our programs. Learn more and sign-up! 

Information Sessions will cover the following information:

  • Overview of our campus community 
  • Benefits of attending South Seattle College 
  • How transfer degrees work 
  • Areas of Study and Program Pathways 
  • Student resources and funding opportunities 
  • Faculty Spotlights
  • How to get started

Associate Transfer Degrees

Associate Transfer Degrees: Two-year transfer degrees let you take your freshman and sophomore classes at Seattle Colleges for a fraction of the cost, and then transfer to a four-year university with the skills and confidence to succeed. Be sure to work with a transfer advisor at Seattle Colleges and the four-year institution you plan to attend.

Depending on your program pathway, you can earn either an Associate of Arts (AA-DTA), Associate in Business (AB-DTA), or Associate of Science (AS), Track 1 or Track 2. Learn more.

Program Pathway Map

Program Pathways are a series of courses and experiences carefully selected to help you earn your credential and prepare for your career or university transfer.  Program Pathway Maps guide you through quarter-by-quarter coursework, indicate when you’ll need to complete important steps, and describe popular careers in this pathway.  Some course sequences or recommended courses can be customized or adjusted by speaking with an advisor.  

View Program Pathway Map

Career Opportunities

  • Educator
  • Principal
  • School District Administrator
  • Instructional Designer
  • Researcher
  • Standardized Test Developer
  • Education Consultant
  • Para Educator
  • Student Activities Coordinator
  • Childcare Operator
  • Family Support Specialist
  • Admissions Counselor

A bachelor’s degree or higher degree may be required for some careers listed above. For current employment and wage estimates, please visit the following online resources and search for the relevant occupational term:

Future Education Opportunities

Once you complete this Associate degree, additional education opportunities include:

  • A bachelor’s degree in elementary education, early childhood, education studies, human development or a related field at a four-year college or university.
  • A Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree at one of the Seattle Colleges. 

South Seattle College has direct transfer agreements with four-year institutions throughout Washington state, including University of Washington, Washington State University and Seattle University. Graduates from South have also transferred to out-of-state institutions.

Program and admissions requirements vary from college to college. Contact an advisor to create an educational plan tailored to transfer to the institution of your choice.

Length of Program

90 credits = 6 quarters if you take 15 credits* each term.

*Students who take 15 credits each quarter earn their degree faster, saving them time and money. Additionally, full-time students often qualify for more financial aid and earn more money over their lifetime because they complete their schooling faster. Meet with an advisor to build your education plan!  

Which Quarter Can I Begin?

Fall, Winter, Spring, or Summer.

Class Times/Delivery Modes?

Most courses are offered M-TH, M/W, or T/TH during the daytime (between 8-1:30 p.m.) on-campus, online, or in hybrid (part on-campus, part online) format. We also offer some evening courses twice-a-week and science courses may include afternoon labs (between 1-4 p.m.). For the most recent class times, visit the online class schedule.

Approximate Costs Each Quarter


Books, supplies, and miscellaneous fees……………………………………......$50-150

Tuition based on WA resident rates. Rates for international students and non-residents may vary.

Did you know that the average student at South spends three hours applying for financial aid and gets more than $4000 per year? 

To apply for financial aid, including grants and scholarships you don’t have to pay back, visit South’s Financial Aid Department for details.


Where can I go if I have questions about College Transfer? 

New Students: Please contact our South Outreach Team by calling 206.934.5179 or by email at

Current Students: Please make a Transfer Planning Appointment with the Advising Department. For more information about transfer events and opportunities, please contact Helen Tupufia Enguerra, Student Success Specialist, at