The Bachelor of Applied Science degree (BAS) in Teacher Education integrates rigorous applied curriculum and residency experience. The BAS Teacher Education (BAS-TE) program prepares individuals for a Washington State Teacher Certificate in Elementary Education (K-8) with additional optional endorsements in English Language Learner (ELL) and Early Childhood Education (ECE).
The Teacher Education program is residency-based. Candidates complete an intensive Residency Experience (student teaching) that requires hands-on work in K-8 classrooms under the guidance of a Mentor Teacher and Field Supervisor within our local partner schools.
In addition to residency experiences, candidates complete core courses, which are delivered hybrid format: face-to-face evening classes and online.
YVC is regionally accredited by Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) and is authorized to offer the BAS in Teacher Education through Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges (RCW 28B.50.090, RCW 28B.50.810). BAS-TE is a teacher preparation program approved by PESB to operate in Washington State (RCW 28A.410.210 (1-4)).
- Program options: Traditional and Alternative Route 1 teacher preparation program
- Dedicated, experienced college faculty
- Hand-on learning throughout the program
- Flexible programming designed for individuals currently working in education or career changes
- Evening courses blended with online learning
- Residency teaching opportunities in local K-8 classrooms
- Options for full-time or part-time attendance
- Affordable tuition (Tuition and Fees 300 Level and Above)
Admission to the BAS-TE is a selective process. Admission to YVC does not guarantee entrance to the program. A complete BAS-TE application packet must be submitted by the deadline indicated.
Students may be eligible to apply if they have completed:
- With a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA, an associate degree OR at least 90 college-level credits
- WEST-B skills test or acceptable alternative
Although not required for BAS-TE admissions, the following course is highly recommended in order to be successful on the WEST-B, course work throughout the program, and certification assessments:
- ENGL& 101 (or other English composition course) with a minimum grade of C
All eligibility requirements must be completed by the end of spring quarter. If a student is completing any of these requirements during summer quarter, they can still apply, however, potential acceptance will be conditional upon completing all minimum requirements before fall quarter.
Due to the variety of entry points into the program, program advisors work closely with candidates to create tailored educational plans that consider prior learning experiences with their educational background. The length of time it takes to get a teaching certificate is unique, based on test scores and transcripts. Typically, completing the required 180 college-level credits for a BAS degree will take six quarters, or two academic years.
Students must attend a mandatory Opening Session during the summer quarter prior to first quarter of BASED course work. This orientation will focus on general information about Residency Field Placement, BAS-TE candidate procedures and expectations, and finger printing.
Course registration will be completed through the Teacher Education Program Coordinator.
To earn a bachelor of applied science degree, students must complete a total of 180 credits (100 or above) in specific categories. For the BAS-TE program, those categories are General Education and BASED Residency. Other degree specifications include:
- GPA of 2.0 must be achieved within each area (except electives)
- Minimum cumulative college-level GPA of 2.0
- No more than three PE activity credits may be applied
- Must meet BAS Residency Requirements
- Non-traditional credit may be applied, see the BAS Non-Traditional Credit Allowance procedure for more information
- Students may graduate under the catalog in force at the time of entry for a period of not more than five years, if continuously enrolled
- Application for this degree must be made by the student in the Registrar’s office